How to Clean Your Acoustic Paneling

If looking to clean your acoustic wall panels because they are dusty, have pen marks, or anything thing else on them it’s not like you can just throw them in the washing machine every time they seem dirty.

Here are instructions about how you should go about cleaning your acoustic panels:

Fabric Wrapped

If your acoustic wall panels are fabric wrapped, they use acoustical fabric. Panel fabrics are colorfast to both water-based and solvent-based cleaning solutions and may be cleaned with all conventional upholstery cleaning systems.

Follow these guidelines when you’re cleaning fabric-wrapped acoustic panels:

  • Vacuum the fabric periodically to remove accumulated dirt and dust. The frequency of this and any other routine maintenance is determined by end use conditions.
  • Blot fresh spills immediately.
  • Ensure that the fabric is adequately rinsed after cleaning, as residual cleaning agents may accelerate soiling.
  • Have the fabric professionally cleaned whenever large stains or an overall soiled condition occurs.

For most water-based stains, a clean, absorbent cloth dampened with a detergent solution (e.g. 1 teaspoon laundry detergent/1-pint warm water) should be applied to the stain. Blot the fabric with the treated cloth, working from the outer edge of the stained area, moving inward. In order to effectively draw out the stain, renew the cleaning cloth frequently.

Rinse well with clear water and dry the fabric as quickly as practical. Oil-based stains may be treated in a similar manner, substituting a volatile solvent-based cleaner for the detergent solution. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for using such products, and always pretest an inconspicuous area of the fabric for colorfastness to the cleaning agent.

PVC or Vinyl Panels & PVC Encapsulated

When cleaning acoustic panels that are PVC, Ripstop, or Vinyl encapsulated, follow the below guidelines:

You can clean PVC products with a low concentration of a mild soap in water. Apply the solution with a sponge or soft cloth with a gentle rubbing action. Avoid cleaners with abrasives such as scouring powders or steel wool. Do not use cleaners that contain ketones, kerosene, or petroleum products.

If a PVC encapsulated product should become ripped or torn, repair it easily with matching PVC repair tape. As with all tapes, it is extremely important that the surface be clean and dry. Use a enough pressure when applying the tape to ensure proper adhesion.


General Conditions: Day-to-Day Soil 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, we recommend using a stronger detergent.

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