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Hanging wallpaper is simple when there are specific directions to take. Are you ready to remodel your space?

If you haven’t hung wallpaper before, select your type wisely by paying attention during the selection process. Installation can differ moderately depending on the variety you choose. Pre-pasted options are outfitted with a dry paste that is on the surfaces’ backside. This kind of wallpaper employs water to activate the paste. The unpasted selections call for a wet paste that is applied when installing.. Typically, the installation strategy is the same although depending on which type you use the instructions may vary.

These four simple steps will help you with any wallpaper task: Measure, Cut, Activate with water or paste and lastly, hang.

Wall Preparation

Just before started, clear your work space and the surface area. Remove all wall fixtures and check that any electrical outlets are switched off. Use TSP or some wall cleaner to clean the wall work surface and prepare it by ensuring any previous wallpaper or paste is taken away.

Count on a premixed universal primer specific for wallpaper to make sure your surface is prepared. It is essential to prime the wall, especially when working with unpasted wallpaper versions since it enables the wallpaper to come off easier.

Measure & Activate the Paper

The length of the wall is your initial measurement. Next, add four inches and after that cut your wallpaper. You need the paper to overlap the ceiling and the baseboard by nearly 2 inches.

Generate pattern match via random, straight across, or drop match.

If hanging unpasted wallpaper…

With unpasted wallpaper, you can apply the paste to the wall surface or to the paper itself. If pasting the wall, apply the paste consistently to the wall, covering a space for one strip only. If pasting the wallpaper, apply an even layer of paste to the rear of the wallpaper, working from the center to the edges. Then loosely fold the moistened strip, pasted sides alongside one another and let sit for three minutes. This is called booking.

Note that if you are pasting unpasted wallpaper, you may paste the paper or the wall itself. If applying to the wall, make sure you evenly apply the paste to an spot for one strip of wallpaper each time. If you are employing the paste to the paper, place an even layer of paste on the wallpaper backing. Start in the centre of the wallpaper and work to the external edges. Carefully and loosely fold the moistened wallpaper strip positioning pasted sides together in a technique known as “booking.” Let this folded booking of wallpaper relax in this position for three minutes.

Pro Tip: If hanging up heavyweight wallpapers, particularly unpasted styles with flock, cork, or embroidery, pick a clear, stain-free heavyweight pre-mixed paste adhesive as opposed to a light-medium weight clear paste for the best results.

When hanging pre-pasted wallpaper…

Roll your cut strip loosely and get the patterned side facing inward and the pasted side facing outward. Next, submerge the rolled strip for 30 seconds into tepid to warm water to activate the paste. Alternatively, you may use a Wallpaper Hand Sprayer to produce a similar effect by activating the paste with a fine mist of clean water to the pasted segment.

If you utilize the hand sprayer, spray in extended strokes that are the length of the paper to completely moisten the back of the strip. Take extra care around the edges to obtain even watering. Fold both end sections of your moist strip toward the center with the pasted portions together. Don’t allow the edges to dry out by making sure they are aligned correctly. Lastly, roll-up the strip such as a loose newspaper and let it sit for 3 minutes to permit the paper to relax and the paste to become wholly activated.

Hanging your first strip

Carry your strip to the wall after the booking process is complete after three minutes. Diligently unfold the strip and hang it up. The paper can hang over the baseboard and the ceiling. Lightly press out any air bubbles by using a smoothing brush, a broad knife, or a plastic smoother. Push on the wallpaper to enable adequate contact and bond to the wall. Take care not to stretch or distort the wallpaper. Delicately press on the seam to compress them with a seam roller.

Proceeding to the second strip

If you are butting the second strip up to the first, position the second strip of wallpaper to the side of the first strip. Smoothly push the wallpaper snugly. Get rid of any residual paste by washing the ceiling and also the baseboard after. You are looking for your seams to produce a tight fit vertically. The paste has to be free from air bubbles for the best results.

After every three sections have been smoothly installed with the excess paste removed, take a few steps back and check out your results. Check the panels for color and style uniformity. If you're satisfied, keep setting up three panels at a time and checking them after. Give yourself more installation and selvage trimming time when you're dealing with complex patterns and geometrical designs. Whenever your eyes and arms are tired, have a break and have some rest. Don’t hasten your wallpaper project. Adhere to the above steps to hang the rest of your pieces. After all sheets have been mounted, carefully cut following the ceiling and the baseboards. Use a razor knife as well as a guide to slowly eliminate the excess without tearing.

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