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How To: Hang and Remove Wallpaper

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15.05.17 | George Koutsakis

How To: Hang and Remove Wallpaper

Thinking of redecorating and adding some beautiful new wallpaper to your walls? Well, sadly, you’ll need to do a bit of work before your walls are ready to look great again.

Luckily, we have all the information you need to start removing your old wallpaper and preparing your wall for your new set!these minor flaws in your wall and ceiling plaster, and with some guidance you can easily do it yourself! Here’s how:

Remove Wallpaper

Here is what you need to do:

how to hang wallpaper

  1. -Remove all furniture from underneath the walls, and lay down cloths to ensure the flooring won’t be damaged by the dropping residue.
  2. -Tape all sockets with plastic.
  3. -Loosen a corner and peel the wallpaper away. If this can be done then good news! Its strippable paper and easier to remove. Just peel it away and wash down the walls. If not, then
    the removal gets more complicated.
  4. -If the removed wallpaper leaves a thin layer of paper behind, soak it in warm water with a sponge. Let the paper absorb the water for 10 minutes.
  5. -Use a stripping knife if the paper can’t be removed by hand.
  6. -If you don’t mind the extra cost or have a big surface to work with, you can rent a steam-powered stripper to loosen the wallpaper adhesive!
  7. -Continue to soak and strip any remaining patches of residue, and then wash the entire wall with hot, soapy water.

Now your wall is clean, smooth and ready for your wonderful new wallpaper set.

Hang Wallpaper

Before starting, make sure your wall is smooth, sanded, and ready. If you are putting up expensive wallpaper, or if your wall has many bumps and imperfections consider applying lining paper before putting the wallpaper over it.Then follow these steps and get your wall looking amazing in no time:

removing wallpaper
  1. Measure the wall, and add 10cm to the wallpaper you cut out.
  2. If the wallpaper features a pattern, make sure to line it up before cutting.
  3. Prepare your adhesive.
  4. If you have the type of wallpaper that allows you to directly paste the wall, then great! Apply the paste, and unroll the paper from the top corner of the wall, smoothing it down with a wallpaper brush as you go.
  5. If you need to paste the wallpaper before applying it to the wall, use a pasting brush and apply the paste using upward and outwards movements.
  6. If necessary, allow the paste to soak into the strip.
  7. Carefully apply the paper to the wall, starting at a window or door and working your way towards the room corners.
  8. Reposition and trim the paper when needed, and avoid getting paste on the front of the paper. If you do, gently wipe it away with a damp cloth.

There you have it! If it’s your first time hanging wallpaper, make sure to buy an extra tube or two, in case you make a few mistakes or miscalculations along the way.

Be patient, and your walls will be looking great in no time.