Wallpaper Cleaning Methods, Part 2

wallpaper cleaning methods

In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the basics for cleaning wallpaper using the simple water and mild detergent method. This method is effective for most wallpaper types, allowing you to remove basic grime and stains without damaging the wallpaper itself.

At Wallpaper Warehouse, we can help with cleaning considerations for all our designer wallpaper options. In some cases, the water and detergent method might not be best for cleaning your wallpaper – either because the wallpaper is at risk of damage using this method, or perhaps because you simply don’t think it needs that level of cleaning at a given time. Here are a few alternative wallpaper cleaning methods if you’re in one of these situations.


In some cases, the simple and classic dust method is enough to get your wallpaper looking clean and new. If you’re covering a large wallpaper area, you might consider attaching a microfiber cloth to your broom and using that instead of a handheld duster – it will cover space faster and keep you from having to strain to reach certain areas.

Just sweep from side to side, starting at the top of wallpaper and moving downward. If you have any furniture or appliances that you don’t want coming into contact with dust, put a sheet over them before you begin.


Another good option if you don’t want to (or can’t) use soap and water is the vacuum, which is perfect for removing loose dirt and even some of the sticker stuff. You’ll need to use your brush extension here, as you can’t lift the primary vacuum bottom up onto your walls without causing a big mess. Be gentle as you move down the wall in straight vertical sections – pressing too hard can leave a mark, or may transfer dirt from the mouth of the extension piece.

Stain Removal

There are several stains that might take place on your walls over the years. Make sure you check back to part one of this blog series on ensuring your wallpaper is suitable for using water and detergent – if it is, here are some various stains you can remove easily:

  • Wine or coffee: Dampen a cloth with soap and peroxide, then apply this same mixture to the wall itself. After a few minutes, rinse the mixture with a damp cloth and dab away moisture with a towel.

  • Crayon: Use a putty knife to carefully scrape off any crayon you can, without damaging the wallpaper. Then put paper towels over the stain and run a low-heat iron over them – this should cause the stain to seep into the paper towel, which you then just remove and throw out.

  • Grease: Similar to crayons, put a paper towel over the stain and use an iron on low heat. This will draw out the stain.

  • Ink or felt-tip: If the markers in question are washable, you can just use a baby wipe. For those that aren’t, use baking soda and water mixed to a paste consistency. Rub it gently and the stain should lift off. Rubbing alcohol may also be an option, but only for durable wallpaper types.

  • Finger prints: Use a clean eraser that hasn’t been used previously, applying gentle pressure to rub the stain off.

For more on cleaning wallpaper, or to learn about any of our discount wallpaper, speak to the staff at Wallpaper Warehouse today.

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