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Know Common Problems when Installing Wallpaper

wallpaperWallpaper is a key factor in making your home a comfortable, welcoming space. However, installing wallpaper can be a very tedious task in the process of remodeling your home. It can be even more tedious with the problems that come with it. All of those problems can be prevented by following the proper guidelines. Here are some of the common problems and solutions in installing wallpaper in your home.

Holes and Tears

This can become a problem as wallpaper ages over the years. Holes and tears are a typical part of the wear and tear of the house.
You can easily fix this problem with leftover matching wallpaper. Just follow these simple steps and those tears will be nonexistent in no time:

– Carefully, using a sharp razor blade, strip off the torn area and the paper surrounding the area.
– With scissors, cut a corresponding portion from the leftover wallpaper.
– Cover the back of the new patch of wallpaper with a thin coat of wallpaper paste.
– Affix the new portion of wallpaper to the wall, using a damp cloth to even it out.

Seam Openings

Seam openings can be the effect of any of the following:

– Too much rolling of seams forcing wallpaper paste from behind wallcovering
– Not enough paste applied to edges when installing wallpaper
– Letting the paste dry on edges during installation

A simple solution to this problem would be to apply wallpaper paste or adhesive to the wall following these steps:

– Fill squeeze bottle with wallpaper paste or adhesive
– Apply the spout of the squeeze bottle under the edge of the wallpaper
– Apply a squirt of paste to any seam openings, adding a small amount of pressure
– Wipe away excess adhesive or paste with damp cloth

Curling and Loose Ends

These problems are another typical part of household wear and tear. They can be caused by simple slip-ups including the following:

– Installing wallpaper without proper preparation
– Not enough paste or adhesive applied
– Temperature caused adhesive to dry too quickly

This problem is common and can be easily taken care of by applying more wallpaper adhesive to the edges of the wallpaper.

Bubbles & Blisters

Another typical problem in installing wallpaper is the appearance of bubbles and blisters in the wallcovering. This may be an effect of:
– Not using enough paste during installation
– Not using a roller to smooth out the strip of wallpaper smoothly against the wall
– Not following the proper steps to prepare the surface of the wall before installation
– Not allowing strips to relax before continuing installation
– Applying wallpaper in places below 50 degrees F

The solution to eliminating bubbles and blisters is simple. Small bubbles can be puncture and flattened. On the other hand, large bubbles can be opened to add more adhesive and then patted flat.

See Through

In some cases, wallpaper is too thin and tends to be almost transparent, causing images on the wall to be seen. In this case, the solution would be to prepare the wall ahead of time. If the wallpaper may be seen through, applying a pigmented wallcovering primer to the wall will eliminate this problem. Lining paper should also be used in extreme cases.