Wallpaper is prone to become stained by water, either by flooding, roof leaks and the like. If the wall is made of wood, the tannins in the wood will cause the stains to darken, thus making the stains very visible. It makes a very ugly sight. There are times that you cannot really avoid to have your wallpaper stained. If the stains are not too much, you can still salvage the wallpaper by removing the water stains. If the damage is too big, maybe it is time for you to consider stripping it and replacing it with a new one. This article will show you ways on how to remove water stains from your wallpaper without ruining it. Read on.
- Bleach. Mix a 30% solution of bleach with water. Dip a sponge into the solution and squeeze the excess. The sponge should be damp, not wet. If it is too wet, the solution will seep into the wallpaper and will cause more stain and damage. Wipe the stain until everything has come off. Follow with a dry cloth to dry the wallpaper.
- Dishwashing soap and bleach. Fill a basin with lukewarm water. Mix it with half a cup of dishwashing soap. Mix well. Dip a cloth or sponge and wring out any excess water and soap. The sponge or cloth should be damp and not wet. Wipe the stained area of the wallpaper. This should clean the wallpaper from dirt and dust. Follow with a dry cloth. Mix one part bleach and two parts water. Again, dip a sponge or cloth and make sure that it is damp. Wipe the stained area until the stain comes off. Leave for about five minutes and wipe with a dry cloth. For stains that have been on the wallpaper for a long time, you may have to do this a few times before finally removing them.
- OxiClean. OxiClean is a detergent that comes in powder form. It is also a versatile stain remover, meaning it can remove stains from any surface. Mix a tablespoon of OxiClean with hot water. Dip a cloth and squeeze out the excess so it will not be too wet. Wipe on the stain until it is removed. Follow with a dry rag.
The important thing to remember is that as soon as you see a stain on your wallpaper, remove it immediately. Stains that have stayed longer on the wallpaper is harder to remove than stains that have just formed. Make sure to test a hidden spot first with the solution that you will be using to see if it will damage or discolor the wallpaper. If you see that when you apply the solution and the wallpaper changes color or the design fades, discontinue using the solution. If you cannot find any other solution to your problem, have an expert to the job for you. It will cost you, but it is way cheaper than when you have to replace your stained wallpaper with a new one. Look in your area to see who can do the job effectively.