Non-woven vinyl wallpaper: advantages and disadvantages

Non-woven vinyl wallpaper: advantages and disadvantages Pros and cons of vinyl wallpaper on a non-woven base

When wall decoration, the choice often falls on vinyl wallpaper with a non-woven base, the pros and cons of which are its beautiful appearance and versatility. This is a new type of high quality wallpaper, and, as a rule, it is far from the cheapest. For this reason, before deciding to buy, you need to clearly understand whether this material is suitable for your purposes.

For this reason, one should study the main parameters, advantages and disadvantages of vinyl wallpaper with a non-woven base.

Technical parameters of the material

As the name implies, this type of wallpaper is made of two main layers - the lower (that is, the base) and the upper.

For the last layer, polyvinyl chloride (that is, PVC) is used, which in everyday life is called plain vinyl (up to 70% of the total composition).

It is usually referred to as a thermoplastic type polymer, and in fact, it is a simple plastic. Among the main parameters of vinyl:

  • Resistance to moisture.
  • Fire resistance.
  • Resistance to aggressive chemical components (including alkalis, acids, oils and solvents).

  • Resistance to temperature extremes (-15 ... + 65 degrees).

Quite often, vinyl is treated with special agents that will protect the coating from mold and fungal colonies.

What is important for the finishing material, vinyl lends itself well to decoration - it is not possible to apply embossing, drawing, etc. to it. Non-woven or paper can be used as a base for vinyl cloth (up to 30% of the composition of vinyl wallpaper). We are interested in exactly that last option. Nonwoven is a paper-like and non-woven material that consists of two main components - polyester and cellulose fibers.

Due to the cellulose modification, as well as the addition of polymer, the non-woven fabric has an increased level of strength, resistance to dirt and abrasion, perfectly keeps its shape and does not wrinkle, does not absorb water. All these qualities make it an ideal material as a wallpaper base.


Varieties of vinyl wallpaper

You also need to understand what varieties of non-woven wallpaper are, because this will directly affect their characteristics, price and appearance.

  1. Non-woven vinyl wallpaper: advantages and disadvantages Embossed (foamed wallpaper). A pattern is applied to the PVC foam covering by cold embossing, and this material for finishing always has a pronounced embossed surface, and the canvas itself looks quite thick, but at the same time light.

    Embossed wallpapers do not require perfect alignment of the walls before gluing, and moreover, in view of their relief, they can mask small defects and surface irregularities.

  2. Washable wallpaper - when creating, rubber is added to vinyl, and therefore the material is very dense, with high water-repellent and dirt-repellent qualities.These rolls look rather coarse and thick, but they can be safely glued in the bathroom and in the kitchen instead of tiles.
  3. Satin wallpaper (flat vinyl or silkscreen). It is a mistake to believe that silk threads are used when creating, and when creating satin-type wallpaper, the hot stamping technique is used.

    The rolled surface will remain smooth at all times. This type of non-woven wallpaper looks extremely decorative, the rolls are matte, with a pearl-type coating, and can also imitate a silk coating. This is the most expensive type of wallpaper.

Now about the pros.


Having considered all the qualities of two-layer wallpaper, one can draw such conclusions about their advantages.

Vinyl wallpaper on a non-woven base has the following advantages:

  • When gluing, the composition must be applied only to the wall surface.
  • When gluing, the material will not stretch, which means that it will be possible to easily join the pattern; after drying, the stripes will not diverge.
  • A wide selection of textures, colors (including imitating stone, marble and other surfaces of natural origin).
  • Versatility - you can choose the type of wallpaper for each living room.
  • Excellent sound isolation.

  • Protection against fungal colonies and mold.
  • Ability to color the wallpaper (up to 20 times for certain models).
  • Resistant to UV rays and fading.
  • Resistant to fire.
  • High operational life (from 10 to 20 years).

  • Ability to hide defects and unevenness of the walls, no need for a thorough preparation of the surface before gluing.
  • Resistance to moisture, chemicals, temperature extremes.
  • High density - as a result, the material will be strong, durable and resistant to wear.

Now about the cons


With such a huge number of advantages, vinyl-type wallpaper on the basis of non-woven fabric, there are certain disadvantages, or rather:

  • Problematic disposal (during combustion, dioxins, substances of high toxicity, may begin to be released)
  • Rough appearance due to high density and linen thickness (with certain types).
  • Large roll weight, which makes it difficult for beginners to glue.

  • Not recommended for gluing in poorly ventilated room.
  • Possible unpleasant odor after gluing.
  • The embossed rolls are capable of accumulating dust and therefore will need to be cleaned and washed.
  • Requires purchase of a special type of wallpaper adhesive.
  • Low air permeability.

  • Relatively high price.

Please note that you only need to choose those wallpapers that are of high quality from a trusted manufacturer - low quality vinyl wallpapers, when combined with glue, can release toxic components, for example, formaldehyde.

Care features

Non-woven vinyl wallpaper: advantages and disadvantages Different types of wallpaper on based on non-woven fabric, care may differ, and therefore it is always worthwhile to carefully study the information on the label, as well as the marking. For example, non-porous and porous wallpapers allow for varying degrees of wetting and different types of cleaning.

Important! Before wet cleaning, the embossed wallpaper must be first cleaned of dust (vacuum cleaned or with a dry sponge / brush), otherwise stains can be made.

For washable wallpapers, you can use chemicals - regular soap solution or alcohol. if the dirt is heavy, use aggressive cleaning agents (for example, bleach and solvents) with care.

First, it is required to test the effect of the substance on the surface of the roll in a small area. When wet cleaning, the movements should be downward, and everything should be finished by wiping with a dry soft cloth. Non-woven vinyl wallpaper has many advantages, but there are also disadvantages.

The main thing is that you correctly understand the features of the room and the functions that the finishing material should perform.

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