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If you want a new look for your room, and you want more than “just paint” consider the beauty of wallpaper. After all, if you think of wallpaper as clothing for your walls, you will soon realize that there are endless possibilities found in this versatile wall covering.

Just a short time spent in your local home improvement store and you will soon discover the wallpaper choices available today range in price from very low to truly over the top. And when it comes to patterns, colors and quality you could spend several days looking at all there is, and still not find exactly what you want, simply because the choices are so varied.

But what is it about this wall covering that has kept it around for years? For some it is the elegance it offers with just a bit of work, for others it’s a form of artwork, and for others it is a way to combine all the colors in the room into one focal point. With the many ways that wallpaper is used today, one has to wonder if the inventors of wallpaper had any idea that what started off as a way to duplicate hand painted walls would still be around centuries later. Consider these interesting facts about the origins of wallpaper.

  1. Wallpaper was first used in China in 200B.C. As the Chinese passed this knowledge to other cultures, the uses and methods of making paper improved with each generation and as other cultures added their own touches.
  2. In 1841 Jean Bourdichon painted 50 rolls of paper with angels on a blue background for Louis XI of France. The paper was used to decorate his various residences. Other of the elite set, soon began hiring painters to create these painted paper wall coverings for them.
  3. The oldest known pieces of European wallpaper still in existence are from 1509 and were found on the beams of the Lodge of Christ’s College in Cambridge, England.
  4. In 1675, Jean-Michel Papillon, began making block designs in identical, repetitive patterns on rolls of paper and wallpaper as we know it today was born.
  5. Americans began using wallpaper in 1739, when it was introduced by the Philadelphia printer, Plunket Fleeson.
  6. In 1778, Louis XVI issued a decree that required the length of a wallpaper roll be about 34 feet.
  7. Around the turn of the 20th century wallpaper pasting machines were invented.
  8. During the 1920s nearly 400 million rolls of wallpaper were sold, resulting in the decade being dubbed the Golden Age of Wallpaper.
  9. After WWII, wallpaper was improved with plastic resins which made it more durable, washable and stain resistant.
  10. The United States Guild of Professional Paperhangers began in 1974.

Wallpaper has definitely come a long way from being painted by hand. Today technology has added to its durability, design and uses. So, if you are looking for a new look for a room take some to check out some wallpaper.

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Source by Janet M Slagell

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Walls accumulate a lot more dust than you might realize, regardless of the finish. To achieve a clean wall, first, remove all the pictures and wall d├ęcor. Second, move furniture away from the walls so you can have easy access. Lastly, when you actually start cleaning, dust your walls from the baseboard upwards to the ceiling using the wall brush of your vacuum cleaner or a soft hair wall brush. Pay special attention to corners, baseboards, and moldings because those places can gather the most dust and cobwebs.

Wipe off Stains Quickly

To maintain a clean wall, food stains should be wiped off as soon as possible to remove any solid particles. If there are grease spot remaining, use cleaning fluid with an absorbent mixture like Fuller’s earth clay or tailor’s (French) chalk. For ink splatters, carefully blot up the stain as soon as possible using a moist towelette. The next step is to apply Fuller’s earth or tailor’s chalk as you would a grease stain. If the ink stain remains, you can try using ink erasers as another option.

Wood-Paneled Walls

Wood-paneled walls, rarely need more than dusting. However, if they begin to look dehydrated and grimy, you can clean them with a soft cloth along with liquid wax. Rub the panels continuously with a clean soft cloth until you can touch the wall without leaving fingerprints. If your wood-paneled walls are painted with glossy or enamel paint, avoid using cleaning these types of walls with soap. Using soap on enameled surfaces usually leaves a distinctive film.

Wallpaper

Day-to-day care for wallpaper includes immediate removal of marks or stains. Light smudges and pencil marks can be removed by using art gum. Crayon marks can be removed with a soft sponge and cleaning fluid, though this should be tested first on a small patch of wallpaper to make sure the cleaning fluid won’t ruin the wallpaper. Warm soapy water can be used if the paper is washable.

Washable Wallpaper

Even if the wallpaper is labeled as washable, you should still test it before you start to work on it. Use warm, soapy water and a soft sponge and carefully test the paper by rubbing it with little water using a light touch. If the colors do not run and the area dries adequately, you can go ahead and wash your wallpaper. Washable wallpapers can be cleaned using warm water made with mild white soap or a mild detergent. Continue as mentioned before, being careful to not apply too much pressure while rubbing. Remember to take great care when washing wallpapers since using too much water will soak the wallpaper, weakening the glue.

Delicate Wallpaper

To clean thin, delicate wallpaper use warm water with no detergents or soap. Always work your way from the bottom upward. This is important since any water that dribbles down a soiled wall makes a streak that is not easy to remove. Also, change the water when it becomes dirty so that you’re not dipping and wiping your wallpaper with dirty water.

Lacquered Wallpaper

Lacquered wallpapers can easily be washed with warm soapy water or detergents. Wallpapers coated with wall wax can be cleaned simply by using a damp cloth. Special cleaners are essential for fabric-coated walls.

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Source by Bob Tom

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