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Wallpaper: the 10 traps to avoid

Wallpaper: the 10 traps to avoid

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Very trendy, the wallpaper has found its place in the house, whether it is placed on a wall of the living room or even as a headboard in the room. Before you start rubbing, quickly discover the mistakes to work around: between sticking wallpaper without checking the absorption of the wall, do not respect the time of tempera, go wrong on the number of roll of wallpaper, forget to have a sponge handy, paint the ceiling after the application of wallpaper ... So many mistakes to avoid if you want to put your wallpaper in the rules of art!

Laying vinyl or non-woven wallpaper may seem simple enough. In the same way as for painting, some key steps must be taken to achieve the desired result. Side House puts forward with Aymeric the Jemtel A3P (Association for the Promotion of wallpaper), the 10 traps to avoid before launching and paste wallpaper ...

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Trap # 1: Paste wallpaper without checking wall absorption

Before embarking on the application of wallpaper, we often forget to check if the wall is absorbent. The wallpaper is applied to an inappropriate surface, which does not adhere, and comes off immediately. The good trick : Check the porosity of the wall, it should be normally absorbent. For this, we can appeal to "the technique of the drop of water". Take a wet sponge, press it against the wall. If the drop rolls quickly to the bottom, the wall is not absorbent. If the drop gradually fades and slides gently along the wall, it is an absorbent surface. The glue will adhere perfectly. On the other hand, if the wall is blocked, there may be a need for a print layer. A layer of basic acrylic paint can saturate the bottom a little.

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Trap # 2: Do not respect the tempera time

Classic wallpapers need to be glued on their backs before being placed on the wall. Before this step, a tempera time is necessary, different according to each glue. It allows the glue to permeate the paper. In a hurry, we often dodge these precious minutes. The good trick : when applying the glue to the paper backing, allow about ten minutes before applying the wallpaper to the wall. The idea: glue three strips in succession to let the glue act on the paper.

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Trap # 3: Make a mistake on the number of rolls to buy

It's a classic! The calculation of the number of rolls to get is not always easy to achieve. Some instructions are to be respected. You can also use calculators for an automatic result. In your calculation, also think that a lé can be torn or damaged. The good trick : No matter how to count the number of rolls of wallpaper, always review the result upward. Even though rolls are sometimes expensive, it's better to have one roll of too much than not enough. Take into account the surface of the walls, the openings (doors and windows) and also think about the connections between each lé, according to the selected wallpaper.

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Trap # 4: Do not check the plumb of the first

If you put the first one sideways, the others will follow. Arrived at the 5th, he will be completely leaning ... The good trick : when laying the first lé, check that it is straight with a level or a plumb line. Draw a light pencil line on the wall and apply the first lé.

Trap # 5: Forgetting to have a sponge handy

When slipping, the glue is removed on the sides in the joints. It is thought to disappear on drying. But once dry, the glue is very difficult to remove and can even create a glossy area on the wallpaper. The good trick : next to your desk, always have a damp sponge with some clean water. At the end of the installation of each lé, pass the sponge where the glue has a little overflowed.

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Trap # 6: Do not follow the instructions on the glue pot

Each wallpaper has its type of glue, suitable for the medium. A heavy vinyl wallpaper, for example, needs a specific glue, designed for heavy, heavy paper. Even if you have some glue left and you want to apply a different wallpaper, the rendering will not be the one expected. The wallpaper will relax. The good trick : the instructions are indicated on the label of the glue pot. Be sure to respect them ...

Trap # 7: Too much crush

For the sake of good, sometimes we can over-crush the wallpaper joints, especially for patterned or decorative paper. We often fear that the joints will come off, so we crush them with the hand or with a wheel. On drying, a band may appear at the level of the reliefless joints. The good trick : press the surface firmly, but not too much. The glue then acts by itself.

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Trap # 8: Laying wallpaper on an outgoing angle

Unlike an incoming angle, the outward angle, raised outward, is exposed to the passage. For convenience, it is thought that the wallpaper can be cut on the corner. But very quickly, it will take off. The good trick : the wallpaper should dress the corner of the wall, even on 5 cm.

Trap n ° 9: Painting the ceiling after laying the wallpaper

If you want to repaint the ceiling of the room, it is better to do it before sticking the wallpaper. If not pay attention to paint chips on the wallpaper! Conversely, if you paint before applying wallpaper, when you release the corners, the paint may overflow a little on the surface to be glued. The good trick : if the paint is a little overflowing, sand the area slightly for better adhesion. Same on the outline of doors and windows. The wallpaper can not stick on the paint.

Trap # 10: Go too fast ...

The good trick : take your time and do things in order ...

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