Essential hints and tips to hanging wallpaper

1. Getting started
To do a good job you need the right tools, and the best quality one’s you can afford.
Tools for hanging wallpaper
Step ladder
Paste table
Pasting brush
Plumb bob
Tape measure & pencil
Sharp trimming knife
Straight edge
Decorating scissors
Paper hanging brush
Seam roller
Bucket & sponge
And last but not least YOU !

2. Before you pick up the scissors…
• Hanging the first piece straight is vital – get this right and the rest will be easy.
• Start in the corner. Use the roll to measure and gently mark the wall with the pencil about 2cm wider than the paper.
• Look at the design and decide where you want it to fit on your wall.
• Always read the label, it tells you the size of the pattern repeat and whether to paste the wall or the paper.

3. If you are pasting the wallpaper…
• Lay the paper on the table, and paste down the middle of the paper. Then brush away from you over the edge. Do not pull the brush back over the edge or you will get paste on the front.
• Once you’ve pasted the sheet, fold with a small fold at the top, and a larger fold at the bottom. Mark the top of the paper with a ‘T’ for top. And remember – paper doesn’t always come off the roll the right way up.
• Put the paper up as before. Due to the strong paste, it will remain where you put it. A seam roller is extremely useful for smoothing seams.

4. If you are pasting the wall…
•  Use a roller to apply the ready mixed adhesive, and a brush for the edges.
• Paste the wall wider than the paper, so you always have a wet edge.
• Match your pattern from the top.
• Smooth the paper down with a soft brush, pushing air bubbles out to the sides.
• Trim excess from the top and bottom. Use a plastic spatula to push the paper towards the ceiling and the skirting. Use a sharp snap-off knife to carefully cut through the paper.
• Always use clean water and a sponge to remove surplus paste from the surface of your paper. Once the paste has dried, it will not come off.

5. Cutting into corners
Never take the wallpaper around the corner in one piece. Measure the distance into the corner in three places – top, middle and bottom.
• Having cut the full length of paper, lay it on the table. Measure and mark the width of the gap, adding 1cm. This will go around the corner a small amount.
• Cut the paper on the table and slot into the corner. The rest of the piece can then be matched. This needs to be straight, so repeat the exercise with the plumb bob or spirit level. Your leading edge should now be straight. Continue wallpapering along the wall.

 

Troubleshooting Guide:
Q: My overlaps at corners will not stay stuck down
A: If using washable or vinyl papers apply a special overlap adhesive. If using ordinary paper use some more of the original paste and go over the joint with a seam roller.

Q: Patchy stains are appearing through the wallpaper
A: Stains such as grease, soot, water, nicotine etc will keep “bleeding” through unless they are sealed?

Q: The paper has blisters all over it
A: The paste may not have soaked into the paper for long enough or is not completely pasted. Check also that the walls are not damp or greasy.

DIY Tip
If using a pattern design, check it’s the right way up – the outside end of the roll isn’t always the top.