Preparations are the key to get the perfect result when wallpapering, it might sound boring and seem to require a lot of time, but there are no shortcuts if you want a good result. And that is what we all want, right? The rule is that the wall should be smooth, clean, dry and sound. There is a lot of ways of doing this, but here are our best tips.
1. Remove nails / screws and fill in any cracks.
2. Switch off the electricity mains and remove any socket / switch covers.
3. Sand down any rough areas until smooth.
4. Use a sponge to clean the walls with warm water and mild soap. Allow the walls to dry for a minimum of 6 hours.
5. Paint the wall a light uniform colour if it differs significantly from your wallpaper as dark patterns / colours may show through.
Freshly painted walls should be left for 4 weeks before application, please refer to the paint manufacturer’s instructions for guidance.
Unpack and check the conformity of the roll
Check that your rolls correspond to the patterns and dimensions of your order: We advise you to unroll them side by side in the room. If your room is small, at least check the first 2 lengths by joining them side by side. Please do not damage your wallpaper during handling.
Important: Once installed, the wallpaper cannot be returned and you cannot claim any refund. Some models are numbered to avoid any risk of error during installation. Use the numbers for the order of installation.
Porous surface (plaster, cement render):
Ensure old plaster is stable and free of mould. Ensure new plaster is completely dry. Prime surface with a PVA based primer or emulsion paint and allow it to dry before hanging. If using paint, wait 4 weeks before installation.
Non-porous surface (glass, gloss paint):
Wipe clean, no further preparation needed.
Top tips for successful installation
– Handle the wallpaper with care as the peel and stick material can stretch if it’s pulled with too much force during installation. However, this ability to stretch can prove useful when matching designs on significantly uneven walls.
– Once peeled, the wallpaper is very supple so be careful not to let it fold back on itself and stick together as this can affect the stickiness of the adhesive. If this does happen, do not panic. To avoid stretching, use a careful amount of force to un-stick the wallpaper from itself.
– Wallpaper has a tendency to curl after being wrapped so it is important to loose lay the panels for 24 hours to flatten as well as climatise. Not doing this will make installation more difficult.
– Ensure your cutting blade is razor sharp as dull blades can cause the wallpaper to tear. Change your blade every 2m/8ft to reduce this risk of tearing. – We recommend two people for peel and stick installation.
So grab a friend and have some fun!