My grandmother was a professional wallpaper hanger, and I grew up with wallpaper on every wall of every room in our home. I loved the homey look and feel that wallpaper could give to a room, and when we built our own home, I accented many walls with it as well.
Having a good sponge can really assist the tedious job of hanging wallpaper, and the one that I happen to have on hand a wallpaper sponge made by Roman’s Golden Harvest. Our local Lowe’s store carries a wide selection of wallpapering products and tools, and many of them are made by Roman’s Golden Harvest.
The Roman’s Golden Harvest Wallpaper Sponge is a large blue colored, contoured sponge. It measures 8″ long by 4 1/4″ wide, and has a slight hourglass shape on the largest side. The sponge then indents quite rapidly, giving the user a handle of sorts, before it expands back out to a rectangular shape measuring 8″ by 3″ on the opposite side.
The packaging states that the Roman’s Golden Harvest Wallpaper Sponge has a “New shape that fits snugly in your hand”, that it is “Absorbent & easy to rinse”, and that it is durable and grabs paste. I paid around $3.25 for this sponge, and it is not a purchase that I would make again.
I found that I could apply paste much faster and more efficiently (not to mention with less mess) with a paste brush rather than this sponge. It does indeed fit into the hand nicely, and it can be used to smooth seams and remove wallpaper paste that oozes out from under those seams, but other than that it really didn’t live up to my expectations.
I take issue with the fact that the company claims this is absorbent, because I had a heck of a time getting it to hold much water at all. Last week I was trying to remove some wallpaper border, and I couldn’t use my wallpaper steamer because this border was applied over a painted wall. The steam would ruin my paint, so I knew that a well soaked sponge applied to the border would allow the paste to loosen up enough to allow me to pull it off. I got out my Roman’s Golden Harvest Wallpaper Sponge and attempted to saturate it with hot tap water, but it simply would not hold water. I was very disappointed in my experience with this sponge, and felt that most sponges I have used are much more absorbent than this one was.
To conclude, it is not an expensive sponge, it is comfortable in the hand, and it doesn’t slide out when it gets slick wallpaper paste on it. I would recommend it for smoothing out paper seams, and removing excess paste from the seams, but I would not use this in any fashion that meant the sponge needed to absorb water.