Preparing Walls for Wallpaper Installation

preparing walls wallpaper installation

Whether you’re re-doing the wallpaper in one small room in your home or taking on a big project here throughout the house, the right preparation tips are needed. Whether the walls in question have previous wallpaper on them, paint or some other material, getting the most out of your new products involves taking the right steps with what used to be there.

At Wallpaper Warehouse, we have every variety of discount wallpaper color, style and manufacturer available for you. We can also help with basic tips on preparing your surfaces for wallpaper installation – here are a few areas you might have to consider depending on which materials were previously present on your walls.

Stripper, Steamer and Removal

If you are looking to remove old wallpaper materials, the process here can range pretty widely in terms of difficulty and time needs. If you’re lucky, your previous wallpaper will be a modern type that’s easy to remove – many even come with straight peeling removal qualities, or something similarly simple.

In other cases, you may have to spend a bit of time and elbow grease here. Tougher wallpapers may respond well to being soaked with some warm water and wallpaper stripper for a few minutes, then slowly and carefully stripped off. Some others may require a steamer, which you can rent from a department store for a brief period of time. And finally, if you have a few basic spots left that won’t go away, you can use a scraper to get them off – be sure to press this forward up the wall, rather than pressing into the wall, as this can damage it.

Wallpaper Over Paint

In other cases, you may have to remove some chalky paint coverings. If this is the case, soak them with water and wallpaper removal solution, then wash them. This will allow you to use a primer or lining paper for your own wallpaper.

If you’re in a situation where emulsion, oil or gloss paints have been used, this will be a little simpler. Many of these paints can simply be left on the wall – use some stick tape peeled off the wall to determine whether this is the case. If paint is coming off on the tape as you remove it, it needs to be cleared. If not, you can simply apply wallpaper over it.

Wallpaper on Plaster

In some situations, you will need to apply plaster to a given wall to even it out for proper wallpaper application. In these cases, prepare for several additional weeks on your process. The better ventilated your room is, the faster plaster can dry out. And once plaster is dry, be completely sure to use wallpaper primer so the wall is not damaged later on.

Wallpaper and Filler

In rare cases where you have to use filler, you should carefully sand and smooth it down after installation. Before this, the filled section should be pre-pasted for uniform absorbency.

For more on how to prepare wall surfaces for wallpaper installation, or to learn about any of our e-commerce wallpaper solutions, speak to the pros at Wallpaper Warehouse today.

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