How long before my wallpaper will be completely dried out?
Depending on the type of wallpaper & conditions of the room, wallpapers can take anywhere from two days to a week completely dry out.
Why do wallpapers sometimes shrink at the edges, leaving white lines?
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.
What is a pattern repeat & match?
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.
What effect can heat have when decorating?
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.
Why is my wallpaper lifting at the edges?
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.
Why & how should I use lining paper?
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.
Why do I get air bubbles & creases in my wallpaper, even when I’ve smoothed it out?
Bubbles can be caused by uneven smoothing, a weak bond between the wallpaper or when a drop of paste hasnâ€™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.