Wallpaper manufacture has evolved greatly since before the 19th century when it was used by the rich classes to decorate their homes. Today, it is an affordable pleasure for anyone who desires to add color and style to their space without having to paint all the walls over. It comes in many textures, hues, and designs tailored to meet unique needs and interior decor goals.
A few decades ago, even though it had become more available to many homeowners, wallpaper was considered a one-time investment because of the labor that came with putting it up and worse, removing it. This meant that even if you ever wanted to change it, you would probably wait until it was old and tearing at the corners before embarking on that project.
In came the beauty that is non-woven wallpaper. Simply put, non-woven wallpaper backing is a combination of natural and synthetic fiber, the same that makes tea bags and coffee filters, and is quickly outmatching vinyl wallpaper in the market today.
So what exactly makes it so ideal for wallpaper enthusiasts?
It is very easy to install and to remove
Non-woven wallpaper is a light material that is difficult to tear even though it becomes wet during the application process. Moreover, it does not need to be booked for a long while before hanging, meaning that it will take you less time to put it up.
Even though it is light, it is specially designed to go up and come down in long, fluid strips. This will be very handy when it is time to remove it as you will not struggle with the nightmare of paper that breaks apart and forces you to remove it bit by bit. It is now being designed to be dry ‘strippable’, meaning that it is possible to remove without having to steam and scrape it off. Some improved types are even making it possible to remove from one wall and install on another in one piece!
It is breathable
In the 90s, mold was a huge challenge for many families, and for which, the wallpaper industry suffered the blame and losses. This is not to say that the wallpaper itself facilitated the development of the mold. So what was the reason? The paper material used to manufacture wallpaper was non-porous and locked in moisture between the paper and the wall.
Even now, mold and mildew are a big consideration in the selection of wallpaper, especially for spaces with high humidity such as a bathroom and kitchen. To overcome this, the special fusion of natural and synthetic fiber makes non-woven paper breathable, meaning that no moisture will be stuck between the wall and the paper.
It is washable
Before, spills were a nightmare for wallpapered spaces. They left marks that could not easily be removed. One had to either live with the stain or replace the damaged section of the paper. With non-woven material, however, it is very easy to remove any dirt with a damp sponge without worrying that it will be ruined.
It is a versatile material
Even though it is not as durable as vinyl, the non-woven paper is best for a variety of uses. It is the ideal type for do-it-yourself projects at home because it is so easy to install.
Non-woven material is also the ideal candidate for digital printing of wallpaper, a manufacturing option that is quickly gaining traction. This is because it is stable both in dry and humid conditions and is perfect for putting up in offices or any other outdoor areas.
It is environmentally friendly
Vinyl wallpaper is very strong and durable. However, the vinyl manufacturing process produces too many harmful chemicals that are released into the atmosphere. On the other hand, the manufacture of non-woven material does not produce these chemicals meaning that it results in a lower carbon print. This makes it a friend to mother earth and therefore more favorable.