Normally, every piece of wallpaper you purchase will have a set of specifications and properties in the form of a symbol. These symbols give you instructions on how to care for your wallpaper, how to wash it, and the effect light has on it. As it is crucial that you follow a wallpaper’s instructions, we’ve created this handy cheat sheet to help you identify and understand what each symbol means.
Excess fresh paste can be dabbed away using a damp sponge at the time of hanging. This does not imply that it is possible once the paper is dry.
Light stains can be removed with a damp sponge or cloth. Do not expect this to work for heavy stains like oils, grease or fats.
Most stains can be removed using soap and a sponge or cloth. Some greasy stains can be removed if scrubbed soon enough.
Heavier stains can be removed using a mild cleaning agent and sponge or brush.
Dirt and all water-based stains are removable using a mild detergent or abrasive. Oils and fats can be removed if scrubbed soon enough.
Apply the paste to the back of the wallpaper
Do not brush the back of the wallpaper. Instead, apply the paste to the wall before hanging the wallpaper.
The wallpaper is coated with pre-applied paste. Moisten the wallpaper to activate it and then hang.
The pattern is not intended to match when pasting.
The pattern must be matched at the same height each time. Usually accompanied by the length of the repeat in centimetres.
Offset the pattern on each strip by half of the pattern's height at a time. Usually referenced as measurement, for example 90/45cm - 90cm is the pattern repeat and 45cm is the displacement.
Turn every other strip upside down before hanging.
Moderate resistance to light. Rated numerically at 3 by EN ISO 105-B02
Satisfactory resistance to light. Rated numerically at 4 by EN ISO 105-B02
Good resistance to light. Rated numerically at 5 by EN ISO 105-B02
Very good resistance to light. Rated numerically at 6 by EN ISO 105-B02
Excellent resistance to light.
The wallpaper can be removed dry by pulling it away from the wall.
The upper layer of the wallpaper can be peeled away leaving the under layer as liner paper.
Soak the wallpaper in water or a stripping agent before removing it from the wall. Steaming the wallpaper can also work.
The wallpaper has a particularly hard-wearing elastic surface which is resistant to dents or marks caused by impact.
Two layers of paper have been laminated together to form one high-quality wallpaper.
Each strip overlaps the previous one by around 5-8cm. Cut the area of the overlap with a double cutting wallpaper knife. Mostly for no-match, heavy wallpaper.