Wallpapers give you a chance to improve the looks of your home anytime you feel like without the stress that comes with wall painting. You can change designs as you wish and the best part is, you can do it yourself as wallpapers are easy to install. Here are several things you should know before installing wallpaper in your home.
You must get the right type for your wall
There are different types of wallpapers, some suitable for wet and humid places while others are for dry areas. For instance, if you are considering installing wallpaper in your bathroom, you must put in mind that the place is usually wet most of the time. You will, therefore, need a wallpaper that can withstand the humid conditions without getting damaged. Vinyl wallpapers can be ideal for bathrooms and kitchens where there is a lot of moisture as they are resistant to water. If you are not sure of the type of paper to use, it would be a good idea to consult an expert rather than to learn from your mistakes. You will also realize that there are many designs, colors, and textures to choose from. Your choice should be determined by the theme of the room to be decorated, the decor and the style of your home.
You must use the right adhesive
The only things that binds the paper to the wall is the adhesive. If you go wrong on the adhesive, the wallpaper will not stick as it should, and will fall off sooner or later. Go with the supplier’s or manufacturer’s recommendations because wallpapers have different needs and specifications. It is also important to note that it is not just about sticking the wallpaper to the wall that matters; you must also consider how it comes off if need be. A good adhesive will ensure the paper sticks on the wall for years but also allow easy removal without damaging the walls.
The wall must be smooth
To ensure that your paper sticks properly, you must ensure that the surface is clean and smooth. Even out any rough patches with sandpaper then wash with soap. You must then rinse and wait for it to dry before sticking the paper. If there are spaces or holes on the wall, fill them up so that the paper can bond on the wall firmly and evenly.
Have more than enough paper
You may underestimate the size of the area to be covered or waste some paper due to mistakes. Even professionals make mistakes, therefore, always have more wallpaper than you need. Before ordering, have the correct measurements then order at least two extra rolls.
Have the right tools
Having the right tools will make the worse easier and neat. You will also be less frustrated because mistakes will be kept to a minimum. For instance, having enough razor knives ensures that you do not continuously use one which might get broken. Have several of them at your disposal. In addition to this, instead of using a brush, go for a wallpaper sweep. You may have to buy one from home improvement retail but it is worth it.
When the wallpaper delivery arrives, inspect it first to ascertain it’s what you ordered. Check the patterns, material, and size. You would not want to find out it’s the wrong shipment when you have already tampered with it. Away from that, if you notice bubbles after the application, don’t worry. They will go away as the adhesive dries and the paper sticks firmly on the wall. If they don’t, make a small hole with a pin to let the air out then flatten the paper with the paper sweep.