The wallpaper adds warmth and style to a room. However, it can lose its charm if it is detached, curled or spoiled. Here are some common wallpaper problems and their solutions.
1. Air bubbles
- A bubble of air beneath the surface is a common problem with wall coverings. The solution is simple, but you will need a glue injector.
There are two types of injectors and both work wonderfully. One of them resembles a syringe, while the other is provided with an accordion bulb above the needle. You can find them in any wallpaper store or renovation center.
Here is how to get rid of this bubble:
- Using a sharp knife cut a small slit in the paper on one side of the air bubble;
- Insert the needle of the injector into the slot and squeeze joint adhesive under the bubble;
- Squeeze excess glue and wipe with a damp sponge;
- Carefully roll a roll to be flattened to flatten the bubble.
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2. A frieze seam
The seam of your frizzy wallpaper? It is nothing, you can remedy it effortlessly.
Here is what you need to do:
- First, moisten the area with warm water to soften the material;
- Carefully lift the edge and slip adhesive using a cardboard strip or toothpick. (If the paper is vinyl, use vinyl adhesive.);
- Flatten the seam gently with a paper roller and wipe off the excess glue.
3. Borders that take off
Wallpaper borders, which are often used at the top of walls or at the height of rails, have the unfortunate tendency to peel off.
- If this happens, simply dab white glue on the wall and on the back of the border with a brush.
- Gently roll the edge with a roller to be upholstered.
4. Repair damage
If you had a good idea to keep some wallpaper after installation, repairing a damaged section is simple.
- Cut a piece of wallpaper remaining slightly larger than the area to patch and easy to handle.
- Put it on the damaged area and align it with the pattern.
- Glue the new piece with masking tape and use a ruler and a sharpened sharp knife to cut the two layers of paper.
- Remove the ribbon and put the top layer, which will be used to patch the wallpaper, aside.
- Peel off the damaged paper.
- Apply glue (or glue activator, if pre-glued) and wait until it becomes sticky.
- Apply the replacement piece and smooth it with a damp sponge.
5. Painting on wallpaper
If it is unfeatured wallpaper, firmly attached to the wall and a single layer thick, you can paint it or paste it directly from the wallpaper.
- To make sure the paper is glued properly, put your fingers on the wall. If you hear a crack, the paper is too sharp. Replacing paint or wallpaper glue will only make things worse and increase the risk of the paint peeling off. Check seams and corners when trying to peel off. If the paper sticks firmly to the wall, you are lucky.
- To paste wallpaper, just apply the new coating on the old one.
- To paint it, first, prepare the paper with an alkyd (oil) paint. (The water in the latex paint can dissolve the wallpaper glue.)
Do not forget that painting a wallcovering is not always an ideal solution: seams may appear.
- You can hide them by making a textured decorative painting using a sponge or a rolled cloth.