The greatest advantage of non-woven wallcoverings is that they are so easy to use.
In comparison to paper, which has been used to make wallpaper for centuries, non-woven fabric has only been discovered recently as a basic material, even though it has been around for many years. It is used in a variety of forms and applications. Just some examples are: lining of car roofs, nappies, disposable table cloths, etc.
Non-woven wallcovering is made by pressing together high-quality cellulose, polyester and textile fibres. These fibres were chosen because they can fit into each other, like a Velcro fastening. They interlace in an exceptionally stable way. Polymer binding agents give the fibres extra adhesive strength.
Polyester fibres are another important ingredient of non-woven wallcovering. One characteristic of these synthetic fibres is that unlike cellulose fibres, they do not absorb water and expand. Paper-backed wallpaper is made from cellulose and therefore expands when it is pasted and shrinks during drying. This is why it is so important to follow the instructions regarding the soaking time when applying this type of wallcovering. The paper must be allowed to expand to the maximum before being hung.
High-quality non-woven wallcovering does not expand because of the presence of large quantities of polyester fibres. In other words, it's dimensionally stable.
The possibilities of non-woven wallcovering are infinitely more varied. It is stronger and able to support much more weight. This makes it perfect for bridging small cracks in walls. Non-woven wallcoverings can also be used as carriers for an astounding variety of materials.
The fibres in the non-woven wallcovering can also be used to give optical effects by playing with the size and characteristic features (such as sheen) of certain fibres. It is also possible to apply figures or lines in relief during the production process.
What are the characteristics of high-quality non-woven wallcovering?• Dimensional stability. Non-woven wallcoverings do not require any soaking time and can therefore be placed dry against pasted walls. This characteristic makes it easy to cover ceilings, attach long panels or even to install horizontally. As it dries, there is no tension and this prevents open seams or intense pressure on the wall underneath. In some cases, non-woven wallcovering can provide a solution for surfaces that are not absorbent enough or are sealed.
• No soaking time. This means that you can work faster. Using CLEARPRO, Arte's special adhesive for non-woven wallcoverings, will make your work even easier, thanks to the extended time that this adhesive can remain open.
• Non-woven wallcovering is microporous and allows walls to breathe. Mould does not stand a chance, thanks to the breathability of non-woven wallcovering; what's more, it allows moisture from the adhesive to evaporate quickly and easily.
• Easy to remove (if not pasted with pure PVC adhesive)
• Environmentally friendly.
• Good heat resistance.
• Suitable (especially the heavier non-woven coverings) for bridging small cracks in the wall.