PREPARING YOUR WALL
- Make sure that your wall is suitable for the installation of wallpaper and get some hanging advice from a decorator when needed.
- Carefully calculate the amount of wallpaper required. Be aware that wallpapers are printed in batches, which means each batch might have a very slight shift in colour. This will be noticeable if hung directly next to a different batch. Therefore better ordering all the rolls you’ll need in one go.
- Make sure that your walls are even, dry and clean.
- You might need to remove any old wallpaper, loose paint or filling in holes.
- Sand the walls down if necessary.
- For best results, especially if your walls are a little old, we recommend using a (cross lined) lining paper before hanging your wallpaper. If you do so make sure that the lining paper dries out completely before hanging your wallpaper. Avoid white lining papers for dark wallpapers.
- If you are hanging the paper on a newly plastered wall you will need to seal the wall with primer beforehand to prevent the paste from being absorbed, which can cause the paper to shrink.
- Before hanging a dark edged paper you can paint vertical lines in a matching colour on the wall where the seams will meet. This will help in disguising any small gaps between the wallpaper drops.
PASTING & HANGING
- We strongly recommend that you hire a professional and experienced wallpaper installer to hang your wallpaper. Read the instructions carefully prior to the installation.
- Paste the wall and not the back of your wallcovering.
- Use a good quality, solvent-free, fungicide protected ready mixed wallpaper paste.
- Make sure that the room is well aired with a constant temperature during application and drying time, ideally between 18 - 20 degrees Celsius. You might need to turn off your heating to avoid changes in temperature, otherwise the paper could shrink and leaving visible gaps between the panels. Prior installation the edges of dark wallpapers should be coloured with a decorator’s crayon of a similar colour when the roll is in its tight form to prevent the paper edge is visible.
- We recommend pasting the wall to hang one length at a time. Apply the paste evenly to an area slightly wider than the width of the paper.
- Use a decorator's brush to smooth down wallcoverings, working from the centre to the edges to express air bubbles. Never use a spatula, this can scratch the design!
- Avoid stretching the paper and squeezing paste out of the joints.
- Please be aware that paste will damage the surface and print if it comes in contact with it. To avoid any damage on your wallpaper surface make sure that paste does not get onto your brush and keep your hands clean and dry during the installation.
If paste should get in contact with the wallpaper surface, slightly remove it with a clean damp sponge immediately before it dries.
- After hanging 2 or 3 lengths, inspect the results to ensure that there is no shading or any faults. Also, make sure that there are no site or hanging related issues like visible gaps from the wall or visible seams. Get in touch with us immediately if you have an issue with the first drops installed. Do NOT hang all the wallpaper prior to contacting us if you are not satisfied with the first result!
- Please note that site conditions and levels of skill in application are beyond our control. We can not be held responsible for the hanging of your wallpaper or damage caused by paste.
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If you wish to install your wallpaper in the bathroom, kitchen or in a more humid place than an ordinary room please contact us prior to placing an order. Our wallpapers are non-wovens, which are breathable and durable. However, for areas like a bathroom wallpapers are often made of vinyl. We do not support the production of vinyl wallpapers (PVC plastic) due to its toxic environmental impact.
We therefore highly recommend to applying a wallpaper varnish such as POLYVINE decorators varnish instead. It is important that you test the varnish on a sample before applying it to the whole wall as it may affect the colours of the wallpaper.