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Clings and Stickers Differences, Cleaning and Storing Wall Decals

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Static clings versus stickers, and taking care of wall decals.

Question: [Can you] tell me the difference between decals, clings, stickers, wall tattoos, stick-ons, wall tats…?!?!

Most certainly – mostly marketing terms. There are truly no differences between most wall stickers, wall tattoos, Dali wall decals, wall clings, wall stick-ons, or any other name given to wall decals.

The reality of what you find online or elsewhere is a need to differentiate oneself from one’s competition. And maybe a bit of design. Dali wall stickers, for instance, are sold based on designs that people like to purchase for their homes or kids bedrooms, etc.

However, I can assure you that the base material is no different that what any digital printer in the world is using to make wall stickers. So, they and other companies have established brands, and that’s what most people are buying when they buy a certain brand of wall graphic.

See here to view various custom printing  of clings, decals, stickers, and labels.

Question: Can I clean my wall decals?

Custom Designed Graphic stickers clings decalsYes. Unless you’re mistaking wall decals for wall paper. And even then, a good quality wall paper should be washable.

Wall stickers, or decals, are typically made using what is known as PSV, or pressure-sensitive vinyl. If these are screen-printed or digitally printed, the inks should be water-proof. If not, you got some really cheap bad stuff.

Most reputable printers or firms that sell wall graphics will use good materials, though. At least good enough that you should be able to wash them using warm, soapy water. Don’t use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, or you will remove the ink from the PSV.

Question: How do I store my wall decals if I want to save them for later?

First, let me clarify that you didn’t just take these off the wall, did you? If so, it’s not likely you’ll be able to re-use them. However, if you purchased them online or at a store recently, either leave them on a roll in a cool, dry location, or lay them out flat, if you have room to do so, also in a cool, dry location.

You should be able to store your wall graphics up to a year, maybe longer if they’re of very good quality material. However, over time, the adhesive may begin to “bite” into the release liner, making it increasingly difficult to remove. However, a few months in storage shouldn’t have any real affect on your vinyl wall decals.

Question: Will wall decals stick in my bathroom?

Stick-on Wall Decal Graphics Bathrooms are high moisture areas, so this is a very good question.

Generally speaking, most bathroom walls are finished with either semi or high-gloss latex enamel paints in order to shed moisture, or at least keep in on the surface until it evaporates.

The same rules that would apply to a bedroom should also apply to your bathroom. The paint should be clean and dry and preferably fresh. Although not too fresh. It should be able to dry for up to 30 days before any wall graphics are applied. However, if you don’t have that much time, or are as impatient as I am, you could do it in half that time, but don’t say I told you that.

Once the graphics are applied, it may be a good idea to seal the edges with some clear edge sealer (available at your local hardware or paint store). This will help moisture keep from seeping in around the edge of the graphic and having the edges start to peel up.

So, yes, with the above precautions, you should be able to put wall decals in your bathroom. Happy decorating!


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Barry K. Brown

Barry Brown has been in the Sign, Banner, Decal and Display Business for over 20 years. It isn’t what he thought he’d do with his life, but he says he knows too much now to do anything else!

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