Frequently Asked Questions

Most wallpaper's are designed so that you can have a top, a bottom & a border however you can use them as full wall design's & can even use the motif (top paper) as a feature wall and use the plain (bottom paper) as a co-ordinating plain wallpaper for the remaining walls.

A regular wallpaper adhesive may not necessarily be strong enough to stick your border to some surfaces e.g a vinyl wall covering, for this it is strongly recommended that a border & overlap adhesive is used. Visit tools and accessories section.

Depending on the type of wallpaper & conditions of the room, wallpapers can take anywhere from two days to a week completely dry out.

If the room is particularly warm when wallpaper is being applied or still drying you may find that the wallpaper dries out too quickly causing shrinking joins.

This is most likely due to the adhesive on the edge of the wallpaper drying slightly, if this has occurred you may wish to try using a 'border' & 'overlap adhesive' which is slightly stronger than a normal adhesive so will stick better to the dried paste which is already on the wallpaper.

Lining paper is the ideal surface for your wallpaper to adhere to as both the back of your wallpaper & the surface of the lining paper are made from the same porous materials. Lining paper can help to disguise uneven walls & darker/lighter patches on your bare wall surface. Also lining paper will help reduce the shrinking of wallpapers. It is recommended that your walls are lined horizontally rather than vertically as this will help to minimize the appearance of joins.

Bubbles can be caused by uneven smoothing, a weak bond between the wallpaper or when a drop of paste hasn't been smoothed out when the paper was hung. To avoid the risk of air bubbles it's best to smooth the first stroke down the centre & smooth outwards from here. If you are still hanging the wallpaper and can see a bubble forming, simply lift the wallpaper just beyond the bubble & re-smooth over. If a bubble is identified after drying it is likely to be worsened by pricking or slicing with a needle or knife, as when attempting to smooth over, the slightly stretched section of wallpaper may not shrink back & as a result will cause creasing.

Shrinking occurs when the wallpaper does not adhere sufficiently to the wall before the wallpaper paste dries. Most wallpapers expand when wet (see below to find out more about soaking times) if the wallpaper is not adhered to the wall properly or if it is over-stretched the wallpaper will start to shrink back as it dries.

See the back of your label for exact 'soak' times as certain wallpapers have a more porous (absorbent) backing than others & so will require less soaking. The length of time you soak your wallpaper is the length of time that it takes for your wallpaper to expand fully.

Pattern Repeat is the distance, usually stated on the roll label in cm & inches between where the pattern is printed on the roll again (repeated.) Pattern Match is simply where the wallpaper joins at the edges of the roll e.g if the wallpaper was a flower design & half of the flower is visible on each strip, the pattern match is the place where you find that one half of the flower meets the other half of the flower.

Many wallpapers come off the roll the correct way for ease of hanging, however it is common practice for wallpaper manufacturers to roll either way depending on which is the most efficient production method. It should never be assumed that because a manufacturer rolls one way for one design that this manufacturer will roll this way for all designs.

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