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Old 21.08.2010, 11:49
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How do I clean white wallpaper?

Have you noticed how many houses have white textured wallpaper? It seems that every house I have been into has the same thing.

However, I am at a loss on how to clean the wallpaper without damaging it. I am used to easy-to-clean painted walls and this is my first wallpaper house.

I have googled for this and found some American sites that mention professional wallpaper cleaners but I do not know if/where this would be sold in CH.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do or products I should use?
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Old 21.08.2010, 11:53
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Re: How do I clean white wallpaper?

Are you sure it's not white textured plaster/rendering? most houses i have seen have walls like this but nit textured wallpaper?

If they are textured rendered walls then try a plastic bristled scrubbing brush
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Old 21.08.2010, 11:58
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Re: How do I clean white wallpaper?

In the Coop you can buy a box of about 8 white sponges (Box measures about 10x 8x 6x cms) and with these you can restore small patches of white painted wallpaper. Scotchbrite Flecken Radierer or Efface-tache

You dampen the sponge slightly with water and then rub it gently on the white painted wallpaper (Not too wet!), the paint is dissolved slightly and moves to cover the dirt. If you see wood chips in the paper then you have rubbed tooo much!

Only squeeze the sponge, don't wring it out:

(French: http://solutions.3msuisse.ch/3MConte...bute=ImageFile )

ask for the Flecken-Radierer or Efface-tache


(Deutsch http://solutions.3mschweiz.ch/3MCont...bute=ImageFile )

Application
• moisten the Stain Eraser sponge slightly with water squeeze but do not wring.
• rub the stain with light pressure - that's it!

The fine-celled foam structure made of melamine resin wears off with each cleaning process
until the sponge is completely used. Small painting renovations are often no longer necessary.

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Old 21.08.2010, 12:03
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In the Coop you can buy a box of about 8 white sponges (Box measures about 10x 8x 6x cms) and with these you can restore small patches of white painted wallpaper.

You dampen the sponge slightly with water and then rub it gently on the white painted wallpaper (Not too wet!), the paint is dissolved slightly and moves to cover the dirt. If you see wood chips in the paper then you have rubbed tooo much!

I have looked and I can't find my box anymore! After my next visit to the Coop I will note down and add the details here.
I have something similar called a "It works cleaning block". Great for small areas. Removes most stuff.
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In the Coop you can buy a box of about 8 white sponges (Box measures about 10x 8x 6x cms) and with these you can restore small patches of white painted wallpaper. .
In my Coop they are now selling a pack of 2 sponges for Fr 3.90 (Also some from Meister Proper Fr 4.30) I found them near the rubber gloves and scouring pads.
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Old 21.08.2010, 16:55
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The solution is simple. Whitewash!
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In the Coop you can buy a box of about 8 white sponges (Box measures about 10x 8x 6x cms) and with these you can restore small patches of white painted wallpaper. Scotchbrite Flecken Radierer or Efface-tache
Thanks for this.

And I definitely know that it is the wallpaper because I have a couple of holes where removing some blue-tac brought some of the wallpaper with it - d'oh.

And I will look for the special sponges at my local Coop and give it a go.
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The solution is simple. Whitewash!
If it is not a vinyl paper; the solution is to paint with white emulsion paint if you have stains everywhere as cleaning it will still show a contrast/difference to the rest.

"Whitewash"; that doesn't exist anymore (or is that the American term for plain white matt paint).
A nightmare to deal with if on your walls and ceilings.

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Old 22.08.2010, 17:32
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Paint it over to have it really nice again.
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Re: How do I clean white wallpaper?

I am really happy that someone ask about this topic, and thanks for the advice. I run to coop and go to clean, clean, clean...
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Re: How do I clean white wallpaper?

Be careful with the sponge things, they will bring marks off, but can leave shiney patches on the walls where the texture has been smoothed as they are slightly abraisive. Try if ssimple wash with hot water and washing up liquid and a well squeezed cloth, if they remain try some javel sprayed onto a sponge and dabbed onto the area, leave it for 5 mins and go back and check it and repeat. If that doesn't work then the sponge may be the next option.
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Re: How do I clean white wallpaper?

I used a sponge and javel it not only removed the stain, but the wallpaper aswell
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Re: How do I clean white wallpaper?

since the topic is cleaning white wallpaper I have another question. I accidentally spilled black tea on the wall (white wallpaper) and did not realize it first but only days later when it dried up and left a brown stain. is there a way to remove tea stain? or should I repaint the wall before I move to prevent the charges etc...
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Old 26.08.2010, 21:25
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since the topic is cleaning white wallpaper I have another question. I accidentally spilled black tea on the wall (white wallpaper) and did not realize it first but only days later when it dried up and left a brown stain. is there a way to remove tea stain? or should I repaint the wall before I move to prevent the charges etc...
Depending on how spiteful your landlord is you might have to repaint anyway so just factor that into your moving costs.
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Old 26.08.2010, 21:29
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Re: How do I clean white wallpaper?

If the sponge can't help, we did ask our landlord the paint number they used and we bought few liters of it. Everytime I see a spot I just passed the brush on it. My walls are all super clean again. And you don't see any trace of the new paint versus the old one.
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If the sponge can't help, we did ask our landlord the paint number they used and we bought few liters of it. Everytime I see a spot I just passed the brush on it. My walls are all super clean again. And you don't see any trace of the new paint versus the old one.
If you don't mind Nil, could you tell me the paint number that the landlord said he uses? Because I had an incident (alright, a couple "large" holes) that needed to be patched and then repainted. So I bought some very standard white emulsion paint (b/c my walls are just as the OP describes) and painted it. And from straight on, it looks amazingly perfect; can't tell a thing. But at random glancing angles, you can tell that what I used is slightly darker/duller than the rest of the wall. So now I am trying to figure out what to do short of repainting the whole wall (and without leading on to the landlord that there ever was a hole in the first place).

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If you don't mind Nil, could you tell me the paint number that the landlord said he uses? Because I had an incident (alright, a couple "large" holes) that needed to be patched and then repainted. So I bought some very standard white emulsion paint (b/c my walls are just as the OP describes) and painted it. And from straight on, it looks amazingly perfect; can't tell a thing. But at random glancing angles, you can tell that what I used is slightly darker/duller than the rest of the wall. So now I am trying to figure out what to do short of repainting the whole wall (and without leading on to the landlord that there ever was a hole in the first place).

Thanks in advance.
The problem is the landlord may used a different white. My white may looks weird on yours! Can you ask your landlord?
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The problem is the landlord may used a different white. My white may looks weird on yours! Can you ask your landlord?
You are absolutely right that our landlords may use different whites. But I have a feeling that they probably don't and really, I am more interested in whether or not it is the same white I already tried.

And my landlord is very unavailable and never responds to my emails. Plus, I don't want to give him any reason to take my money (and asking about paint colors would be one reason)...

If you don't want to say, that is fine. I just thought I would ask.
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Re: How do I clean white wallpaper?

White, white, white, creamish, almost beigeish, no its white, white, white, white, white, conform or else pay the cost. Christ it's like living in a hospital or a clinic here! Or else you pay dearly when you move on for your extremist green/blue/yellow/OFF WHITE!!!

cONFORM, CONFORM CONFORM!!!

Excuse me. I am being quite unfair. Our agent told us we were free to paint the place any shade we chose as long as we used THEIR superstar painter to repaint the place to THEIR secret recipe of a very particular WHITE when we left. Oh yah! I wait to express my true self.

Just like every flopping dwelling you visit over 2.5 rooms has two bathrooms, one with two wash basins, none will have a bidet. Like an Orwellian nightmare at times. I even start to miss my dismal student digs in Sheffield in the face of such oppression and bland uniformity!
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You are absolutely right that our landlords may use different whites. But I have a feeling that they probably don't and really, I am more interested in whether or not it is the same white I already tried.

And my landlord is very unavailable and never responds to my emails. Plus, I don't want to give him any reason to take my money (and asking about paint colors would be one reason)...

If you don't want to say, that is fine. I just thought I would ask.
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