How to Remove Water Stains From Wall Paper

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How to Remove Water Stains From Wall Paper
Cleaning water stains from wallpaper is a very delicate process. (Green wallpaper image by Tasha from

Water stains on paper wallpaper can look bad and be hard to remove. Cleaning the stains is a delicate process, and you don't want to use too much water or you could create even more stains. Make sure to test the solution on a small part of the stain before you try to clean a larger area to make sure it doesn't create more stains or ruin the look of the wallpaper.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Mild soap

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    Paper Wallpaper

  1. 1

    Make a bleach solution in a bucket with 30 per cent bleach and warm water. This will neutralise the stain.

  2. 2

    Rub at the stain by dipping a sponge into the bleach and warm water solution.

  3. 3

    Allow it to dry. If the stain persists, it may have to be painted over.

    Vinyl and Acrylic Wallpaper

  1. 1

    Dust vinyl and acrylic with an electrostatic duster before cleaning it. Start at the bottom and work your way down.

  2. 2

    Make a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

  3. 3

    Spot clean the wallpaper using the solution and a soft sponge.

  4. 4

    Wipe dry with a lint-free cloth.

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