A. Hey Leah! Yes, there is such a thing as scrubbable wallpaper, or wall covering. When you say “regular”, you may have just never been aware that many wall coverings are in fact washable, scrubbable, or wipeable.
How well you can try washing wallpaper does depend on what type of material you have, and what you’re trying to remove.
Be sure to note whether a paper is labeled as washable or scrubbable as there is a difference.
Washable paper usually has some type of plastic coating over the top and protects the paper underneath. You can simply wipe it down with a wet cloth when necessary and no harm will be put upon the paper. This type of paper can be more difficult to remove when you are ready to get rid of it.
Vinyl paper is one of the most durable and easiest to clean. It is also relatively easy to take off when the time comes. The pattern and texture are printed directly onto the vinyl, so this can withstand a pretty good scrubbing.
Foil, natural, embossed, antique, and textured papers cannot be washed with soap and water. They are relatively durable products and can take a lot of stress. However they do hold stains and so should be put in areas where this is less of a concern.
The texture and busy pattern to some of these papers do make stains harder to be seen, so can be beneficial in this way.
These tips work only on cleanable paper, and you should always read the manufacturers recommendations prior to cleaning. Also, test out a small little spot with any solution you use. You never know what could happen. We don’t want your small stain to become a large disaster.
Avoid harsh cleaning products and scrubbers. You could severely scratch or wear away the paper and cause issues down the road.
Always use a dry cloth when you are done in order to allow for the excess water to be removed.
Many different erasers, I prefer magic erasers, will easily take off marks such as these without any trouble.
Flake off the food, and use a mild soap and water solution to scrub free.
First try with a magic eraser. If this doesn’t work use water and mild laundry detergent. With a fabric cloth gently rub until the marks are gone.
Washable ink can be removed with a baby wipe or lightly damp towel. Unfortunately, if it is not this easy then try soap and water with a soft brush for those fresh stains. If this doesn’t work, you can purchase a graffiti removal solution or simple alcohol. Again these stronger solutions could cause damage so please test it out first.