icons of things you will need to hang wallpaper

Before you start

  • Make sure that your wallpaper is intact and has not been damaged in transit.
  • For best results use a ready mixed paste.
  • Make sure that you have adequate lighting - so that you can inspect the material properly while you are hanging it and after it is in position. It is re-positionable, so if something has gone slightly awry then you can sort it there and then.
  • Make sure that the area you are hanging the wallpaper is at least 12 degree C (55 Fahrenheit)...and as you are using an adhesive paste on the walls, make sure that there is good ventilation.

Surface Preparation

  • Brush off area to be covered with a stiff bristle brush to remove all dirt and loose material.
  • All surface makes should be removed using a detergent solution.
  • Allow to dry thoroughly before applying your wallpaper.
  • Any mould or algae on the surface should be treated with a fungicidal wash, following instructions on the product. Allow to dry thoroughly before applying your wallpaper.
  • Any holes, cracks or defects in the surface should be filled with a good quality filter, scooted out and allowed to dry.
  • Just remember a dry surface is the right surface, so if you have to make repairs, be patient and let it dry.

Hanging Science

  • Wet the back of the material using clean water and a decorators sponge ensuring it is evenly wet. Fold top to bottom and allow to soak for 15 minutes before hanging.
  • Apply undiluted adhesive to the surface to be covered using a medium-pile paint roller. Only paste the drop area at a time.
  • Use a soft spatula to apply the wallpaper to the prepared surface using a smooth up and down motion. Take care not to squeeze adhesive out at the edges.
  • Let the wallpaper settle for about 15 minutes before trimming.

Stripping & Removal

When stripping the wallpaper, the paper backing will split, the remaining paper can be removed by soaking or steam stripping.