How to Green Clean Your Wallpaper


| 12/18/2015 9:24:00 AM


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Do you have children? How about pets? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you understand how easy it is for walls to get dirty. Fingerprints, drool, scuffmarks—the list goes on. If you have, or are considering wallpaper for your home, there are a few things you need to know about cleaning your walls safely.

First off, not all wallpaper is the same. Sure, there are different patterns, colors, designs and even textures, but the material is what you need to consider. Not all wallpaper can be cleaned the same way and some wallpaper types are more durable than others.

Types of Wallpaper

Most wallpapers use water-based or chemical solvents. Water-based solvents are usually non-toxic, but most vinyl and acrylic wallpapers use chemical solvents.

For the eco-minded, some wallpaper is made from Forest Stewardship Council-approved material. Some are even made from recycled post-consumer products. The coating is usually water-based or has a light plastic layer to protect it and make it easy to clean.



Bamboo or grass fiber wallpaper is another natural option, but these aren’t always washable, so research the type of wallpaper you have before diving in with soap and water.



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