How To Repair Wallpaper Problems

Wallpapering is pretty easy to do, but sometimes things just seem to go wrong. The paper doesn’t seem to stick properly, edges won’t stay put and maybe you’ve ended up with a few air bubbles on your walls. Don’t panic, there are some simple solutions to most wallpaper problems.

Sometimes problems with your wallpaper occurs because you didn’t properly prepare your walls. Maybe you’re using wallpaper to cover up less than perfect walls that are badly flawed. And, sometimes the problems aren’t your fault at all, perhaps you just ended up with a bad roll of wallpaper that didn’t get the adhesive applied properly.

If you seem to have seams that just don’t want to lay flat, it could be because you didn’t get them wet enough. Another cause could be that they’ve just dried before you got the wallpaper on the wall. You can just use some commercial wallpaper adhesive to paste them back down.

I have often used a tiny artist type paint brush to apply extra adhesive just under the edges of seams. But, you can also just use your finger if you’d prefer. Just smooth a line of adhesive along the entire seam that keeps rolling up and use a soft, damp cloth to wipe and press the edge against the wall.

That same repair is what you do to any places where the top or bottom of the wallpaper won’t stick as well. If the whole strip of wallpaper is coming, then you will have to take it down and just apply a new piece. You probably didn’t get it on the wall fast enough and the adhesive became too dry to adhere.

You’ve worked hard to get all of the wallpaper on the walls and you’re standing back to admire your work. But, you see all kinds of streaks on the walls. Well, don’t fret, it’s most likely just adhesive that has gotten on the outside of the wallpaper during hanging. Use a soft cloth and some warm water to wipe it off, it’s usually very easy to remove.

If you end up with ragged edges when your trimming your wallpaper, your blade is just dull. Always use a sharp blade to cut or trim your paper. If it’s just barely noticeable, sometimes you can get it back in place and get it to lay down. But, if it’s really bad there’s no other option than to replace the whole strip of wallpaper.

If you see some shading differences when hanging natural wallpaper like grasscloth, try reversing the strips. Hang one the way it came off of the roll and then turn the next strip upside down before hanging. Of course, this only works with certain materials of wallpaper and the paper can’t have designs that need to be matched.

A design in the wallpaper that droops or rises at the ceiling is usually caused by a plumb line that isn’t exactly straight. It could also because the ceiling just isn’t completely straight with the wall. There’s really not a lot you can do if the problem is an uneven ceiling, but if it’s the plumb line that’s off, straighten it on the next strip.

If you’ve already gotten a whole wall or even a whole room wallpapered before you notice it, then you’ll either have to learn to live with it or re-do the whole wall. It’s a really good idea to stand back and check every strip you hang before hanging any more.

Another problem you might notice after you’ve finished and are looking at your walls, designs or colors underneath the paper are showing through! There’s really no simple repair for this problem, precautions need to be taken before hanging the paper to make sure this don’t happen.

If you’re using a thin wall paper or a really light colored wallpaper, if there are designs or dark spots on your walls use lining paper. You can also help prevent this from happening by using a good wallpaper primer on the walls before hanging any of the wallpaper. Once it’s all done, there’s little you can do but strip it down and start over!

Now for the air bubbles and blisters that can occur underneath your wallpaper. It’s usually because you just didn’t take the time to smooth it out well enough. But, hanging wallpaper in temperatures below 50* and not preparing your wall surface correctly can also cause this annoying little problem.

If the blisters are fairly small, you can sometimes prick them with a needle and smooth them out. If they’re to large to do that, then you’ll have to make a small slit in the bubble to release the air and smooth it down as good as you can so it won’t show. You might also need to add some more wallpaper paste inside the slit to make it adhere properly.