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Ego care instructions for Customer
“Ego” is driven to achieve high product life time during its usage, post installation.
To further this belief and with complete knowledge that “you are important to us” we are listing below care instructions during product usage to enhance its lifetime.
General care to be taken for all types of wallcovering.
- Please ensure while cleaning the floor the mop does not touch the wall coverings. As this will result in blackish stains becoming visible of the wall covering.
- Do not scrub the surface.
- Where edges are not sealed and open to friction. Chances of peals over a period of time exist. This happens due to may be hands or doors rubbing the open edges, which results seams opening up. Please try to avoid this. But if this is an issue, our QC team can be called upon.
- In cases of products which are wet wipable. Please use soft clean sponge with little luke warm water to clean the surface. If surface is mildly washable, then do it with luke warm water.
- Ensure a minimum 2.5’’ skirting is put at the base.
- Ensure that the walls are not damp due to leakage or AC water spillages.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”General Care” tab_id=”1488897020398-b85b31ae-2923″][vc_column_text]Wallpaper cleanliness – General Conditions:
Ordinary dirt and smudges can be removed with a mild soap, warm water, and if necessary, a hard bristle brush to remove dirt from the crevices of deeply textured patterns. Clean from bottom of wall upward. Rinse thoroughly with clean water from the top down using a sponge.
Deeply embossed wall coverings need extra attention in case suds or loosened dirt lodge in depressed surfaces. Dry wall covering with a soft lint-free cloth or towel.
For more difficult stains that are only surface deep, the use of a stronger detergent (such as Formula 409) is recommended: however, the manufacturer’s instructions should be followed carefully.
Not recommended for cleaning is steel wool or powdered abrasives because they mar the surface and leave an unsightly appearance. DO NOT use active solvent type cleaning preparations, such as nail polish remover, tar and bug removers, etc., because they remove print, and/or finish from the wall covering.
Care should be taken that water dripping down the wall does not run behind the floor molding. The molding can be discolored and/or permanently damaged. All stains should be attempted to be removed with soap and water first. Isopropyl alcohol may set some stains that soap and water may remove.
Lacquer, Shellac – Remove immediately with dry cloth. Take care not to spread stain. Clean quickly with rubbing alcohol or perchlorethylene (technical grade). Rinse with clear water.
Ballpoint Ink – Remove immediately using a cloth dampened in rubbing alcohol.
Tar or Asphalt – Remove immediately using a cloth dampened with kerosene or cleaning naphtha. Rub gently from outside edge of stain to center to prevent stain from spreading. Rinse with clear water.
Paint or Enamel – Remove immediately with sponge or cloth dampened with turpentine, kerosene, cleaning naphtha, or water as directed by paint can label. Wash with mild soap and water. Rinse with clear water.
Chewing Gum, Grease – Scrape off as much as possible and go over lightly with cleaning naphtha to remove remainder. (Chewing gum will come off more easily if rubbed with an ice cube.) No time should be lost in removing shoe polish because it contains dye which can cause permanent staining. Rinse with clear water.
Feces, Blood, Urine – Remove quickly using a strong soap solution.
Pencil, Crayon – Scrape off excess crayon and erase pencil marks. Clean remaining stains with rubbing alcohol.
- When using rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, turpentine, household bleach or kerosene, first test the solution on some inconspicuous portion of the vinyl to be sure that there will not be any adverse effect on print, color, or gloss.
- When drying, always use a blotting action rather than a rubbing motion.
- Never mix cleaning agents together. Violent reactions may occur.
Types Of surfaces on which wall coverings can be installed:
- Regular walls with putty and primer
- Pop wall with primer
- Plywood with primer and putty
- Gypsum boards with primer and lambi
- Matt but non textured laminates
- MDF boards
- Veneer sheets
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The wall cover rolls and catalogues list the symbols, which indicate the products extent of washability, and resistance to sun light exposure. These should be followed and understood carefully.
Most of the products in our collection are washable for European and American sensibility. But for Indian psyche, its best to understand it as washable with sponge and soap water gently in case of non woven products. For paper products, the surface is wipable with a damp cloth.
However the vinyl products may be scrub able in most cases. Look for the symbols on the products in order to understand the same.
However, to avoid certain post installation issues of pealing etc we have to follow some do’s and don’ts prior to installation and by way of some recommendations:
- Ensure that the ends of the walls are sealed. For eg – every wall will have 4 sides – top is usually covered with ceiling, bottom with skirting, one end could be locked with another wall. However if any side remains open, then recommend to the client to seal it with a molding, ‘L’ Patti or beading. This will ensure that wall cover does not fray from the sides
- Before the wall cover ends say above the skirting, recommend a groove.
- If wall cover is being put on shutter or door, ensure there is no friction of keys against the wall covering, to save it from damage and keys marks. This can be done by putting a 6” steel or wood panel at the key level
- Ensure the walls are ready for installation , i.e. they are even and dry
- The walls have been scrapped with a sanding paper to take away paint bubbles
- The walls must be properly plastered with putty and primer to ensure a leveled and crack free surface.
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- What is the “soaking time” for wall coverings?
Ans:Process when wallpapering where the applied glue penetrates the paper and causes the fibers to expand. The wall covering paper will expand about 2.5% in the width and 0.5% in the length. The suggested soaking time must be adhered to; otherwise creasing and open seams may occur.
- What is the paste the wall technique?
Ans: The wallpapering method, where the glue is applied directly to the wall and not on the back of the wall covering.
- What is a repeat?
Ans:A repeat is the recurrence of a pattern on a wall covering length. A length repeat reappears in the height of a wall covering length; a side repeat reappears in the width, the frequency depending on the size of the pattern and the width of the wall covering.
- Which glue is needed for which wall covering?
Ans:Generally three different types of glue can be identified:
Regular glue: pure methylcellulose for glueing paper wall coverings of any kind.
2. Specialty glue: pure methylcellulose with synthetic resins for glueing heavy embossed-, smooth vinyl-, structured profile-, and natural material wall coverings.
3. Glue for pasting machines: pure methylcellulose reinforced with synthetic resins or dispersion glue especially for use with a pasting machine.
- What kind of surface is ideal for wallpapering?
Ans:Here the basic rule is: The surface must be dry, solid, clean, smooth and absorbing.
- Which advantage offer non-woven wall coverings?
Ans:Non-woven wall coverings are dimensionally stable, breathable, cover hairline cracks, dry without tension and can be stripped when dry. A soaking time is not necessary. Both the paste the wall technique, as well as pasting the length of the wall covering by hand, or with a pasting machine is possible.
- What causes open seams when wallpapering and how to avoid them?
Ans:Usually because of inappropriate surface preparation, uneven glue application, insufficient soaking time, or too watery glue. A too rapid drying of the wallpapering job may also cause open seams. It is recommended to roll up the wall covering length, after the glue was applied and the length was folded. This prevents that the edges of the length turn up, or dry out too soon.
- Can old wallpaper jobs just be glued over?
Ans: The removal of old wall coverings is necessary before each renovation, because
gluing on top of old wall coverings is not professional and will cause wallpapering errors and damages.
- How to remove residual wall covering scraps from the wall?
Ans:Add a commercially available wall covering remover to the water to remove the wall covering. This will ensure a fast and easy penetration of the wall covering and a soaking of the glue. Wall coverings with a washable and scrubable surface need to be; pierced and lacerated with a spiked roller to allow the water to seep in. Remove the wall covering with a scraper after sufficient soaking.
- What is a “double seam” cut?
Ans:Here the wall covering lengths are glued about 5cm overlapping at the seam or at the outer corners, and then cut through both layers with a sharp cutter knife. After removing the excess strips, a very clean, tightly butted seam is achieved.
- What do the batch numbers on the label mean?
Ans:Each new print run is identified with a batch number by the manufacturer. Before hanging the wall covering in a room or on a ceiling it must be established that all rolls are from the same batch. Different numbers or letters on the label indicate that the rolls are not from the same print run. In this case a color deviation is likely. Rolls of differing batches should be hung on separate surfaces.
- What is the RAL Quality Seal?
Ans:Each new print run is identified with a batch number by the manufacturer. Before’ hanging the wall covering in a room or on a ceiling it must be established that all rolls are from the same batch. Different numbers or letters on the label indicate that the rolls are not from the same print run. In this case a color deviation is likely}. Rolls of differing batches should be hung on separate surfaces.
- What is the non woven range made of?? (Is it regular paper)? Is a non woven more durable than paper if so why?
Ans: – Non-woven are more durable as they contain a polymer binding. Yes. The material to be more flexible than paper because the combination of cellulose and textile Fibers as well as our production process with hot embossing turns the product to be so much Hardwearing and dimensionally stable.
- For non woven – is the front and back both same i.e. non woven?
Ans: – Front and back are different. We have printed a test 100% vies on the back of the product to avoid Misuse.
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- What types of paint are recommended?? Like water based etc. please specify
Ans: – We recommend any except those including solvents. This may turn the glue to be ineffective. Please also see our website (technical information).
- After painting, do the joints show?? Do we have to apply something on the joints to avoid them from being seen??
Ans: – The joints will disappear after painting as long as the joints are duly butted together when hanging the product. Some products even do not show the joint without painting but accurate work is required there is no need to apply something on the joints.
- How durable are these against water leakage or in areas where children are there?
Ans: – The wallpaper may not hide water leakage for a longer period. The leakage first has to be drained and sealed before hanging. Children do not affect the wallpaper anyhow.
- Are these washable with moist sponge or cloth?
Ans: – The wallpaper may be turned washable with lacquer or latex paint.
- Are these eco friendly, if so why and do we have any product certification in this regard. If any, then which are they?
Ans: – All our wall covering are eco-friendly (please see product quality). We have obtained a lot of ecological Seals.
- How many times can these be repainted??
Ans: – You can repaint the products several times depending how coarse or deep the emboss of a pattern is. You may paint over at least 3 times.
- What is the procedure to be followed for repainting?
Ans: – The previous paint does not have to be removed. You repaint directly over the old paint.
- Do we use some solution to remove the previous paint?? Or we have to directly repaint over it??
Ans: – The previous paint does not have to be removed. You repaint directly over the old paint.
- Do we have to put a plaster or any other thing on the wall covering before painting it?
Ans: – Painting may be affected directly after hanging without any plaster etc.
The most common issue is that it may tear or get scratched very easily.
- How this may be avoided.
Ans: – Our wallpaper does not tear apart if you work strictly after the instructions and use the right paste. It also is very scratch resistant and may be repaired in case that there is damage. In comparison to other. Wall coverings (e.g. expanded vinyl) our wallpaper is much more hardwearing.
- Can these be removed and re used else where?? If yes, how many times?
Ans: – The wallpaper may not be used twice once hung.
- Any special application process??
Ans: – The application is quite easy (see hanging instructions).
As with any quality product, proper care and maintenance will extend the useful life of your vinyl wall covering and help maintain its original beauty and finish.
The following general cleaning instructions will serve as a guide to normal cleaning maintenance, while the special conditions section will serve as a guide to specific cleaning problems.
Stains should be removed as quickly as possible to eliminate any possible reaction between the staining agent and the wall covering. Time is especially important for removing materials containing colors or solvents, such as ballpoint ink, lipstick, oil, shampoo tints, and some foodstuffs. If soilants remain on the wall covering too long, permanent discoloration may develop.
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