How to properly clean a cotton plaster

Cotton plaster consists of a rough surface that can absorb dust. Similar to other rough plaster, mechanical aids such as vacuum cleaners and brushes are suitable for cleaning. Frequent dodging of the wall with feathers, horse hair, paintbrushes and wool can help to counteract the build-up of dust before it forms.

Type of dirt and prevention

Cotton plaster or "liquid wallpaper" corresponds in its dirtiness to an interior plaster with structure. The rough surface allows dust particles to settle on upward grooves, gullies and grooves. The deposition can also be supported by air humidity and, if necessary, fat that is produced in a kitchen, for example.

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As one of the most important preventive measures to prevent the contamination of a cotton plaster are:

1. Good ventilation of the interior plaster when there is humidity
2. Regular (weekly) waving or brushing

Tools for dust removal and maintenance

The following cleaning devices and aids are suitable for regular dedusting:

  • Vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment
  • Synthetic fiber feather duster
  • Ostrich feather duster
  • Brush, paintbrush or tassel made of horse hair
  • Tufts of lambswool
  • All kinds of dust brushes
  • sponge

Adhering smear dirt

When cleaning, care must be taken that the deposited dirt is not held in the plaster structure by "greasy " binding agents such as fats, moisture and nicotine. Otherwise, mechanical wiping movements can result in unsightly streaks, similar to rough plaster.

Should it come to "stuck " dust, a dabbing removal is possible. A cleaning sponge is dampened with a textile cleaning agent and used to dab on the dirt particles.

Heavy stains, mold and discoloration

Cotton plaster is partly easier to replace than other plasters. If no satisfactory result is achieved when cleaning the interior plaster, the cotton plaster can be cut out in a rectangular shape and filled with the reserve plaster.

This procedure is strongly recommended if there is mold on cotton plaster or if there are mold stains in order to prevent the problems from spreading. An important precaution is to keep the cleaning tool clean. Almost all major dirt damage is caused by "spreading " with tools.

Tips & Tricks Understand your cotton plaster on the wall more as a textile than as a wall covering. Respond accordingly to air humidity by ventilating the air, installing a dehumidifier and / or using a fan.

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