Preparing the walls for pasting wallpaper is a rather responsible moment that not all people can cope with. To begin with, you need to completely remove old wallpaper, paint, whitewash and other finishing material from the walls. If the old wallpaper is very difficult to remove, then there are now special tools for erasing the old glue that greatly simplify this process. After removing the old wallpaper, whitewash or painting, it is necessary to check that there is no lagging plaster, as well as cracks. With the help of putty, it is necessary to remove all defects and try to level the walls as much as possible.
After waiting for the putty to dry completely, it must be cleaned, and then a primer should be applied to the walls, which will help the wallpaper to adhere better. The walls can also be treated with water-diluted glue. Sometimes people do not want to remove the paint, trying to stick the wallpaper directly on the old paint, but for this, it is recommended to sand the walls with sandpaper, as well as to treat them with a special primer. But in such a situation, one cannot be sure that the wallpaper will hold firmly, so it is still better to prepare the walls correctly. And if such a job is not up to you, then it is better to entrust it to professionals, who will conduct such preparation in the shortest possible time and with knowledge of the matter, before pasting the wallpaper!
Sticking paper wallpaper with your own hands
In order for the pasting of the wallpaper to go well and not have to spend effort and time on correcting errors or completely redoing the work, it is better to entrust this matter to professionals. But if you are completely confident in your abilities, then you need to stock up on certain tools, patience, and also knowledge will not be superfluous. Before gluing the wallpaper, it must be cut, taking into account the fact that if you need to select a pattern, you should not cut many strips at once. If the wallpaper does not require selection of a pattern, you can cut many strips of the required length at once for convenience.
Sticking paper wallpaper with your own hands requires attention, and in order for the wallpaper to hold well on the wall and not diverge at the joints, you can use a brush to smear PVA diluted with water in all corners, the wall near the plinth, as well as in places where there will be joints. Wallpaper is best glued from the window, but this applies only to those wallpapers that you will glue overlapping. But only thin paper wallpapers are overlapped, and if they have special side edges, then it must be cut from the side that will overlap the already pasted strip of wallpaper. It is not for nothing that gluing overlapped wallpaper starts from the window, this is done so that a shadow strip is not created, and denser paper wallpaper should be glued exclusively butt.
It is better to apply glue to the wallpaper with a wide brush, which should be smeared with glue from the middle of the strip cut for pasting, and then distributed to all edges. At the same time, the edges need to be smeared especially well so that the joints do not diverge, and after applying glue to the wallpaper, you need to let them lie down for a couple of minutes to absorb the glue. Next, the first strip of wallpaper is glued from the top of the wall as evenly as possible, since all the others will be glued from it. With the help of a special brush, a plastic spatula or just a soft cloth, you need to smooth the wallpaper from the middle to the edges, trying to expel all the accumulated air.
Pasting wallpaper pre-smeared with glue
- Roll out the wallpaper and cut a strip along the height of the wall, leaving a small margin at the top and bottom.
- Roll out the second strip. Match it with the first one to match the picture. Cut the second strip. (Repeat this procedure for other strips).
- Place a container of water next to the wall, directly where you are going to stick the first strip. Fill the container halfway with slightly warm water.
- Wrap the strip into a roll with the pattern inward, starting from the bottom edge. Immerse the strip in the container for at least 30 seconds, unless otherwise specified in the instructions.
- Holding the upper edge of the strip, raise it to the ceiling. The upper edge should slightly touch the ceiling – you will level it later. When removing the strip from the container with water, make sure that there are no dry spots left on it.
- Using a sponge, press the wallpaper to the wall. Smoothing the wallpaper, directing movements from the center down and to the periphery. Then it is necessary to smooth out the wrinkles and bubbles that have formed. Roll the edges.
- Wipe the wallpaper with a sponge moistened with warm water to remove the remaining glue from the surface.
- Using a corner and a sharp blade, align the wallpaper from above and below.
- Following the same scheme, stick a second strip next to it, connecting the picture.
How to properly apply glue to wallpaper that is not coated with glue
- Prepare the glue according to the instructions and cut the wallpaper into strips (see tips for gluing wallpaper coated with glue).
- On a work table covered with clean newspapers, roll out the first strip of wallpaper, face down. It will be necessary to replace the newspapers with fresh ones after each strip, otherwise the glue may get on the front side of the wallpaper.
- Apply glue to the upper half of the strip. Apply glue with a wide brush, directing movements from the center to the periphery. Brush the edges well.
- Fold the greased half of the strip in half, but make sure there are no creases in the paper.
- Apply glue to the lower half of the strip and also fold it in half, towards the center.
- Next, follow the tips for sticking wallpaper smeared with glue. It is not recommended to use liquid glue for wallpaper already covered with glue. The only exception is when the border, pre-lubricated with glue, is pasted on top of the wallpaper.
If the strip of wallpaper you pasted creates wrinkles, or its pattern does not match the pattern of the previously pasted strip, it is most likely incorrectly pasted on top. Carefully separate the wallpaper from the wall and stick it again. Do not try to stretch the wallpaper so that the picture fits.
If the wallpaper does not have a pattern, the stripes are sometimes recommended to be turned over. The edge of the first strip cut from the roll should be turned up, and the second – down. The fact is that sometimes the wallpaper is painted not quite evenly. If the stripes are reversed, the difference will not be so noticeable.
The best way to correct this error is to pull the edge of the wallpaper so that it lags far enough away from the wall that a thin brush smeared with glue can be slipped under it. Having smeared the wallpaper with glue, press it tightly against the wall, and then wipe off the glue that has come out until it has time to dry.
Twisted edges of the wallpaper
Some paper-based vinyl wallpapers tend to twist if you don’t take the time between applying the glue and gluing the wallpaper. Follow the instructions and choose the right glue.
The edge of the strip should overlap the corner by no less than 1/2 inch. The next sheet of wallpaper should be glued overlapping, checking the evenness of the vertical line with the help of a temple.
If the wallpaper rolls
If the wallpaper continues to curl up after you have rolled it out, carefully stretch it over the edge of the desktop, turning it over to the other side.
Smoothing the edges
The described method is used to repair damaged areas of wallpaper, as well as when pasting wallpaper on a wall with protruding parts. If the hole in the wallpaper has uneven edges, it is better to cut off the edges of the patch. If the wallpaper sheet is torn while gluing it, first glue the fibers of the base to the wall, and then cover them with the top layer of wallpaper on which the pattern is applied. If you make a patch, make sure that only the material from which the top layer of the wallpaper is made is visible on the uneven edges. The fibers of the base should not protrude.
Attach a piece of wallpaper to the damaged area so that the pattern matches exactly. Cut the patch with a sharp blade, cutting through both layers of wallpaper (new and damaged). Set the patch aside. Remove the damaged area of the wallpaper, and paste the resulting patch in its place.
Door and window openings
Cut a strip of wallpaper about 1/2 inch wider than needed and tape it to the wall. At the corners, cut the paper diagonally and wrap the edges. Use a sharp blade to smooth the edges of the wallpaper, just like you do on the ceiling.
Such wallpaper, unless it is made of foil, can be protected from oxidation and, accordingly, from loss of color, by adding to each quart of glue a tablespoonful topped with ‘BORAX’ powder.
Before gluing the foil, the walls must be pasted with high-quality pasting paper. In most cases, before gluing, the edge of the foil should be aligned along the entire length. This process has nothing to do with aligning the top edge of regular wallpaper. Avoid scratches and creases. Glue can be applied both to the base of the wallpaper and to the wall itself. As you prefer. Do not apply too much glue. After drying, the foil does not sit down and does not stretch, so bubbles must be removed immediately. If you cannot smooth out the bubbles, they need to be punctured and let the air out. Smooth the foil in the vertical direction so that the wallpaper does not skew or bend at the edges. Wallpaper can be glued “overlapping” (one sheet should overlap the other by no more than a millimeter), and then roll the seams.
Sticking non-woven wallpaper with your own hands
- If you have purchased bamboo wallpaper, how to glue is a matter of primary importance. After all, the glue is not applied to the wallpaper, but to the wall. Do not skimp: apply the glue thickly, smearing every centimeter of the wall.
- Bamboo wallpaper is glued butt, so you can start from any corner.
- A big plus – dry wallpaper will not tear when pasted on the wall. If the sheet does not lie as it should, it can be carefully removed and glued again without damaging the structure of the canvas.
The entire process of gluing non-woven wallpaper is identical to gluing paper wallpaper.
Do-it-yourself vinyl wallpaper gluing
- Apply the primer to the prepared walls. Choose a soil that is made specifically for preparing walls for pasting wallpaper. The primer will help the vinyl wallpaper stick to the surface better.
- The canvas smeared with glue should be kept for several minutes. After making wallpaper pasting.
- In some cases, glue is applied only to the wall, in others – both to the wall and to the wallpaper. How to apply the adhesive composition correctly is indicated on the roll.
- Vinyl wallpaper is always glued butt, that is, the panels are not placed on top of each other. There is a danger: when pasting, these wallpapers can stretch a lot.
The entire subsequent process of gluing vinyl wallpaper is identical to gluing paper wallpaper.
Prices for pasting wallpaper
The current price of wallpapering depends on the working conditions, the level of wall preparation and the type of wallpaper itself. The company’s designers from Sacramento ADU, if desired, will help you choose a color scheme that fits into the budget, while preserving the style of the room. Consultants will explain all the intricacies and possible pitfalls in the matter. The cost of wallpapering is relevant and not overstated.
Wallpaper pasting services:
- pasting on different walls;
- combining photo wallpapers of different types and styles;
- designer services for selecting your style;
- wallpaper pasting in checkerboard order, in the usual way;
- gluing niches and other difficult places.
High-quality pasting of wallpaper
We guarantee quality performance. We know how to deal with both cheap and expensive wallpapers. Every customer is more than satisfied with the result of the work. We know what is required of us and respond to this requirement. We provide services with our own materials or with the customer’s wallpaper. Let’s respect every client’s decision and do everything to make the apartment, house, office space beautifully harmonious and look as attractive as possible.