Wall Panel Care: Essential Steps for Maintenance and Cleaning
Wall Panel Care: Essential Steps for Maintenance and Cleaning
By Wall Panel on May 18, 2023
Wall panels are one of the most commonly used items for home décor. They increase the space’s ambiance and provide insulation and soundproofing. Proper care of wall panels is important to preserve their aesthetic appeal and functionality. Regular maintenance and cleaning provide a lot of benefits including cost savings, improved air quality, time saving, and enhanced property value. In this article, we’ve got you step-by-step guidelines for the maintenance of the wall panels including preparations, detailed procedure, and additional upkeep tips as well.
Understanding Wall Panels
Wall panels are made of a variety of materials. Several factors that can affect the maintenance requirements of wall panels are as follows
- Material Durability (some materials are more prone to dents, fading, or scratches and require extra care and maintenance )
- Finishes and Coatings (they can affect the methods and products suitable for cleaning)
- Location and Usage (panels in high traffic or moisture-prone areas require regular care and cleaning)
- Environmental Factors (adopting protection and maintenance practices based on environmental factors like humidity, temperature fluctuations, or sunlight exposure can help prevent damage)
- Manufacturer’s Recommendations (following the manufacturer’s recommendations ensures that you are following effective steps for panel’s maintenance )
Preparing for Maintenance
Before you begin cleaning the wall panels it is crucial to arrange the necessary tools, ensure safety precautions and assess the conditions of the wall panels.
Necessary tools and Supplies
- Soft microfiber or dusting cloth
- a mild cleaning solution made with detergent or dish soap
- Bucket of warm water
- Soft sponge to apply the cleaning solution on the panels
- Soft-bristled brush for stubborn stains and hard-to-reach areas
- Ladder or step stool
- Protective gloves.
Ensuring Safety Precautions
- Wear protective gloves and goggles before proceeding
- Use a stable ladder or step stool for reaching the heights of wall panels.
- If panels have electrical components, ensure that the power is turned off before the cleanup.
- Ensure adequate ventilation in the cleaning area.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding cleaning solutions and methods.
- Move the furniture away from the working space.
Assessing the Condition of the Wall Panels
- Check the panels for any visible damages such as scratches or dents.
- If panels are located in moist areas check for signs of mold growth such as dark spots.
- Assess the condition of the finish and whether it requires reapplication.
- Look for stains and discoloration which may require targeted cleaning.
Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide
1. Dusting and Removing Debris
Visually inspect the wall panels for any visible discoloration, damage, or wear that requires special attention or repairing. Clear the panels of dust, debris, and dirt with a soft microfiber or dusting cloth from top to bottom.
2. Cleaning solution Preparation
Select the appropriate cleaning product according to the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure compatibility.
- For wood panels mix a small amount of mild wood cleaner or gentle dish soap with water
- For vinyl panels mix a solution of warm water and detergent or vinyl cleaner
- For metal panels mix a solution of warm water and specialized metal cleaner.
- For acrylic wall panels mix a solution of warm water and mild soap or acrylic cleaner.
3. Testing the Cleaning Solution
Before applying the cleaning solution to the entire panel it is important to test the cleaning solution by applying it to a small area. If the solution doesn’t cause any damage or discoloration it is appropriate for the panels.
4. Cleaning the Wall Panels
Dampen a soft cloth or a sponge with the cleaning solution. Wipe the wood panels using long even strokes in the direction of the wood grain. Wipe the acrylic and vinyl panels using smooth circular motions working in small directions. Pay special attention to stains and marks. Use a soft brush for stains that are difficult to remove.
5. Rinsing and Drying the panels
After cleaning, rinse all panels except wood panels with a sponge dampened in clean water to remove the spots of the cleaning solution. After that dry the panels thoroughly with a dry lint-free cloth to prevent water spots.
6. Applying Protective Polish/Wax (optional)
After the cleaning process is completed, apply the wood, acrylic, or metal polish to a clean cloth and gently buff it on the surface of the panel. This will increase the shine of the panel and will give it protection against environmental changes.
7. Repairing and Restoring
Identify any damages such as holes, cracks, or breaks in the panel, and repair them with a filler or appropriate patching compound. If the damage is beyond repair consider replacing the panels with the matching ones.
8. Maintaining a Cleaning Schedule
Making and following a proper schedule for cleaning the wall panels is important and ensures durability and protection.
- Clean the panels gently using a soft cloth or sponge to avoid damage.
- Install the panels on the walls away from windows to avoid sunlight exposure.
- Use proper ventilation or exhaust fans to keep the room moisture free.
- Follow proper installation techniques according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Use those cleaning solutions that are appropriate for the panels.
Dealing Common Issues
1. Molds and Mildews
Molds and mildews are formed on the wall panels that are exposed to excessive moisture and water. To prevent these use mold-resistant or water-resistant coatings on the panels and install them in places with minimal exposure to water and moisture. If mold or mildew has developed, take equal parts of water and vinegar in a bowl, soak a sponge in the solution, and wipe the affected area with the damp sponge. Wait for 3-5 minutes after applying the solution. After that scrub the area with a sponge. Rinse the area with clean water and dry it thoroughly.
2. Water Damage
Identify the source of water damage such as a leaking pipe or plumbing issue and fix it first. Dry the affected panels using fans or dehumidifiers. Access the panel for damage. Small damages require professional repair while damages beyond repair require replacement.
3. Peeling Edge
Clean the wall below the peeling or losing edge. Apply adhesive on the undersurface of the edge and wall. Firmly press the edge of the panel and apply adhesive tape on it until the panel sets on the wall firmly.
4. Loose or Damaged Panels
If the panels are not fixed properly check for any loose screws or defective adherence. Tighten the loose screws or apply recommended adhesive. If panels are still loose or damaged beyond repair, replace them with new ones following the manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Discoloration from Sun Exposure
If the panels are discolored or faded due to sun exposure consider repainting them with UV-resistant paint and install sunlight-blocking curtains on the windows.
If there are cracks or damage on the surface of the panels, apply a standard filler material on it and smooth the area with the rug to give a seamless look. Paint the repaired area with the same color as that of other panels.
Regular maintenance and cleaning of wall panels can prolong their life and maintain their functionality. In this article, we have discussed a guideline for cleaning the wall panels, preparations, safety measures, and dealing with common issues. We hope you will find this information beneficial .