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Decorations without damage?

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16.12.15 | Darryl Husler

Decorations without damage?

…So this is Christmas, and what have you done to your walls?...

Many of us will be soon thinking about putting up Christmas decorations if we haven’t already done so. One of the problems with this can be the damage to the walls and wallpaper which they create. Of course if you have recently decorated, then you will be even more anxious to avoid this. Our guide will give you some tips on what to do when hanging those festive decorations.

 

 

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When it comes to putting up party decorations there are three important things to consider:

* How you attach those decorations,

* Any timing factors which may be appropriate,

* How you remove the decorations.

Remember that it often isn’t the decorations fault if the walls are damaged! This might come as a surprise, yet it is actually something more to do with how the surfaces were worked on in the first place. If painting hasn’t been undertaken with enough coats, or wallpaper has been hung with only minimal paste, these are some examples of ways which decorations could comprise the walls. Note here though that its improper preparation of walls that is the issue.

Some of the obvious ‘sticking’ methods which spring to mind include pins, blu-tac etc. yet these are often the ones that cause the most damage. Do research or trial and error to see which works the best.

‘Poster tape’ and similar are available for purchase which is double sided and allows you to hang lightweight banners or decorations effectively. There are also certain sticking adhesives which exists, that should reduce the chance of damage occurring.

Whichever method you decide to use, attach your decorations carefully and do not apply excessive pressure or force as you risk ingraining them more.

Remember that the longer your decorations are up, the more changes in the environment they encounter – sunlight and temperature for example, making them harder to remove later.

Of course you can also conceal areas (which won’t matter what damage is done within reason because they won’t be seen.) E.g. Imagine a Christmas wreath. This can be hung on the front of the door as usual, but actually be fixed on the back of the door from the inside. This is a clever trick to get around the problem. Think outside the box and apply this elsewhere if you can.

Darker wallpapers or darker colours are likely to hide any blemishes in the wall far easier than whites and creams. You might want to think about what decorations you are putting up where in relation to this.

When the party season is over and you come to remove decorations equal (if not greater) care is necessary in their removal. Gradually and gently remove items from the walls and do not force them – forcing is one sure way to bring off the wallpaper or damage the walls too.

If you do find any damage that you are not happy with, then don’t immediately panic. Remember that patching in a new section or wallpaper, adding a bit of paint, or using decorators filler is always your ‘magic wand’ so it is not the end of the world.

Above all, enjoy the festivities and make your home look like a grotto. Worry about the walls in January!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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