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Wallpapering Tips

How to prepare your walls for wallpaper

Before applying paste to wallpaper, make sure you carefully prepare the area and wall surfaces. The walls in the room should be smooth, dry and clean.

Then, thoroughly prepare the room where you are going to hang the wallpaper.

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Before applying paste to the wallpaper

The walls are ready and check, you have bought the wallpaper but there are still a few more things you need to do.

How should you start hanging wallpaper? ? It is best to start from the corner or door / window frames, as these lines are perpendicular to the floor. Use a plumb line or spirit level to make sure you hang the panel straight. The final panel should be hung somewhere inconspicuous - above the door, in a corner, or where part of the wall will be hidden by furniture or curtains.

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How to glue wallpaper on a wall

  • Make a mark on the wall to make sure the first panel is hung perpendicular to the ceiling. Mark a perfectly vertical line on the wall – this will be the guideline for the first strip of wallpaper. For accuracy, use a plumb line, laser or spirit level..

  • Hang the panel covering the crown molding slightly. Vinyl wallpaper should be pasted end to end. When hanging the panel, leave a small overlap onto the ceiling with a reserve of 5-10 cm.

  • Smooth the panel after pasting. After hanging the strip, smooth it out working out from the centre towards the edges (using a plastic wallpaper spatula. Then smooth out the entire strip from top to bottom evenly from left to right (in a herringbone manner). The final alignment of the panel is made by hand. If you have hung the panel unevenly or there are air bubbles, fix it before the paste dries.

  • Cut the upper part of the panel (the reserve) flush to the ceiling. First, press the wallpaper into place along the edge of the ceiling. Using a large spatula, smooth and set the panel up to the crown molding. Press the overlapping strips firmly and evenly and cut them with a wallpaper knife. It is important to hold the spatula and knife properly. The knife must be sharp, and the motion – smooth and at a slight angle to the wallpaper panel. After that, using a small spatula, press the upper edge of the wallpaper to the ceiling. That way, the upper edge of the wallpaper will run flush to the crown molding. Do the same with the lower edge of the wallpaper. After cutting it, work using a plastic wallpaper spatula from outwards towards the edges to smooth it out and finish with a damp sponge.

  • Apply paste thoroughly to the seams. Wallpaper seams should be well pasted. Surplus paste can then be squeezed out using a plastic wallpaper spatula and cleaned away with a sponge. If you have done everything right, you will have a perfect seam.

  • Remove the air bubbles from the wallpaper. When hanging wallpaper air bubbles may form. Small air bubbles disappear when the paste dries. Remove large bubbles by gently peeling back the corner of the wallpaper and smoothing it out using a plastic wallpaper spatula working outwards towards the edge. If bubbles have formed in the middle of the panel, disperse them by breaking them up and squeezing the smaller bubbles out the edge using a plastic wallpaper spatula or rubber roller.

  • Always check the panel. As you work, inspect each pasted strip. Make sure there are no folds, irregularities or air bubbles.

  • The seams of the strips should be thoroughly finished. A good seam should not be visible. When pasting a new panel, overlap slightly (about 5 mm) the adjacent strip and then work over the seam with a ribbed roller. The ribbed surface of the roller applies gentle pressure to the seams, creases them and aligns the strip. Then, pull the edges of seams towards each other with your fingers, smooth them using a plastic wallpaper spatula and use the roller on them once more. Alternate this cycle several times. You should only be able to feel where the seam meets with your hand. After the paste dries, the strips shrink slightly and the strips will meet fully. Vinyl wallpaper takes about two days to dry at room temperature without draughts.

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