Many of our customers enjoy hanging their own wallpapers, while others prefer to hire a professional paper hanger. Whichever method you choose, it is important to consider the following points:
For those of you who are hanging the wallpapers yourself, begin by following these basic steps:
1. Wallpapers should be trimmed dry on a large flat surface at least four feet in length. Preferable trimming tools are a wallpaper straight edge (5 or 6 foot) and single-edged razor blades, which should be changed frequently to ensure sharpness.
2. For wallpapers and ceiling papers: A "trim join" mark is printed approximately 1/2" inside the pattern on both edges (see illustration). On both sides of the paper, use a straight edge to trim on the inside edge of the line at the top of the arrow. Our pattern match is designed for a "butted" seam installation. For friezes and borders: Trim with a straight edge at the top and bottom edges of borders and friezes.
3. Prepare the wall surface to be as smooth as new wallboard. For a superior installation, a liner paper should be used to provide a smooth, receptive surface for the pasted sheet of wallpaper, to minimize seam shrinkage and to absorb excess moisture allowing the finish paper to dry quickly.
4. Wall surfaces should be primed and allowed to dry completely before beginning installation:
5. We recommend using a quality clay strippable adhesive. Products that have been used successfully include:
For Ochre, Olive, or Sienna fill papers:
Please take the time to pre-test the compatibility of the adhesive you choose with our paper, especially on patterns that contain metallic inks, and allow the paper to dry completely to ensure that the adhesive is performing satisfactorily. Clear adhesives cause staining on some papers and should be tested on both the front and back of the paper to ensure they are non-staining. Please be sure to follow the adhesive manufacturer's directions carefully.
6. Use a short-nap paint roller to spread the adhesive in a thin, even coating across the paper. After pasting, fold the paper back (pasted sides together) and allow to set for 5 minutes before hanging (just until the paper is relaxed). This allows the paper to absorb moisture and to expand fully.
7. Paper does not require a lot of pressure during installation. Use a soft bristle wallpaper smoothing brush, smoothing from the center out, to expel air bubbles. After the adhesive has set (5 - 10 minutes), secure the seam with a wooden seam roller. Use a soft touch during installation, avoiding excessive smoothing, or seam rolling.
8. During and after hanging, be certain all adhesive residue is completely wiped from the surface. It is important to use a damp sponge or soft damp towel and clean warm water. Dry with a clean towel. An extra-absorbent microfiber towel is recommended. Leftover paste may stain the surface of the papers. Water itself will not remove the inks we use to print the papers, but avoid excessive use of water which can re-activate the paste causing seams to split. Also, avoid rubbing too hard, which can burnish the surface.
If you or your paper hanger have any further questions, call (707) 746-1900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find a professional installer in your area, we recommend contacting the Wallcovering Installers Association at www.wallcoveringinstallers.org.
Good luck with your project and thank you for choosing Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers