How to prepare wall for wallpaper

How to prepare wall for wallpaper

Wondering how to prepare wall before traditional or peel and stick wallpaper?

It is good to start preparations for wallpaper installation before ordering it, because it can take some time. Therefore, before we produce and send your order, read the instructions below and start slowly working on your wall.

Preparing the wall before wallpaper installation is an essential step to ensure a smooth and long-lasting finish. Here are the instructions to properly prepare the wall for wallpaper installation:

  1. Gather the necessary tools and materials:

    • Wallpaper
    • Wallpaper adhesive / paste
    • Wallpaper brush or roller
    • Wallpaper smoother or squeegee
    • Bucket
    • Sponge
    • Sandpaper (medium to fine grit)
    • Primer
    • Drop cloths or plastic sheets
    • Painter's tape
    • Utility knife
    • Putty knife
  2. Clear the area: Remove any furniture, fixtures, or wall decorations from the room. Cover the floor and any remaining furniture with drop cloths or plastic sheets to protect them from dust and adhesive.

  3. Remove existing wallpaper (if applicable): If there is existing wallpaper on the wall, we recommend removing it and do not install new wallpaper on it - especially if the old wallpaper is textured or vinyl. To remove old wallpaper you can use a wallpaper steamer or a wallpaper stripping solution to help loosen the old wallpaper. Scrape off the old wallpaper using a wallpaper scraper or putty knife. Clean the wall thoroughly with a sponge and warm water to remove any residue.

  4. Repair wall imperfections: Inspect the wall for any cracks, holes, or other imperfections. Fill in any cracks or holes with a suitable spackling compound or joint compound. Use a putty knife to smooth the compound evenly. Allow it to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once dry, sand the repaired areas lightly with medium to fine grit sandpaper to create a smooth surface. 

  5. Clean the wall: Wipe the entire wall with a damp sponge to remove any dust, dirt, or grease. Pay attention to corners, baseboards, and ceilings. Let the wall dry completely before proceeding.

  6. Apply primer (if necessary): If you have repaired the wall or if the existing wall is in poor condition, it is advisable to apply a coat of primer to create a uniform surface. This step helps the wallpaper adhere better and ensures the color or pattern of the wallpaper appears as intended. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the specific primer you are using. Remember to let the primer dry - do not stick the wallpaper on an undry wall. Similarly, do not stick wallpaper on a wall that has been painted up to 14 days before installation.

  7. Prepare your wallpaper: Since your wallpaper has been rolled up for a long time, unroll it and lay all the strips on the floor for a few hours to straighten them out. It will definitely make installation easier for you.

  8. Mix the wallpaper adhesive or paste: Follow the manufacturer's instructions to mix the wallpaper adhesive or paste. Usually, you will need to add water to the adhesive powder or use ready-to-use paste. Stir it well to obtain a smooth consistency without lumps.

  9. Apply adhesive to the wall: Using a brush or roller, apply the adhesive evenly to the back of the wallpaper. Start from the center and work your way towards the edges. Be sure to cover the entire surface, paying attention to the corners and edges.

  10. Remove sockets: If there are power outlets on the wall, cut off the power supply before hanging the wallpaper and unscrew the sockets. If there are any skirting boards, it is recommended to disassemble them and then attach them once again after hanging the wallpaper, similarly with ventilation grilles etc.
  11. Clean the wall: Your wall is already dry and smooth, the sockets are removed, it remains to make one last check that there is no dust and grease on it and you can proceed to installing the wallpaper.

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