Wallpaper installation itself might be an easy project that can even be performed DIY, however, it does require you to do some preparations before initiating the installation procedure. Obviously, the wallpaper is installed on the surface of the wall, and therefore, the associated preparatory procedures will also be concerned with the interior walls of your home.
The importance of these wall preparations is so much that a failure to do so can even compromise the installation besides putting your valuable purchase of wallpaper at risk. Hence, the process of wallpaper installation begins when you start preparing your interior walls and the actual installation procedure might be the fifth or sixth step in the process.
Basic Preparatory Steps Prior To Installing A Wallpaper
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In this article by Carpenter Centre, we’re going to discuss some basic preparatory concerns regarding wallpaper installation so as to help you with a smooth, efficient, and simple installation of wallpaper in your home. So, let’s move on to our first step in the procedure.
1. Remove An Existing Wallpaper (If Any)
Of course, some homeowners want to upgrade their interior decor and style and therefore, need to change their existing wallpaper. And, if you’re one of such people, then you’ll have to remove your existing wallpaper prior to installing a new one.
Apart from this aspect, some people don’t want to get into all this hassle and apply the new wallpaper to the previous one. With that being said, let’s tell you that if you’re planning to do so, there can be some irregularities with your new wallpaper installation. Charli d’amelio feet
Adding to that, either the old wallpaper will interfere with the design of the new one (depending upon the type of wallpaper) or there will be complications in the installation procedure itself i.e. the new wallpaper won’t adhere well to the surface, etc.
Therefore, you should always prefer to remove the existing wallpaper before installing a new one to get rid of all such installation complications. For this purpose, you can also use a wallpaper remover and a scraper (for troublesome areas).
2. Make Sure To Get Rid Of Any Wall Obstacles
Obviously, when applying wallpaper, you won’t want to face any obstacles in the form of hooks, nails, light switchboards, outlet covers, and other wall accessories and therefore, the best possible way is to get rid of them in the first preparation phase.
In other words, we’re recommending you to smooth out the interior walls of your home for an efficient wall-to-wall installation of the wallpaper. However, the process of smoothening the walls doesn’t end here because there’s a lot more than getting rid of obstacles.
Furthermore, you need to get rid of any wall blemishes, flaws, and bumps by using sandpaper (grit paper). Also, in case of holes or seams, you can use plaster to fill them thus, getting a smooth finish for the walls.
3. Clean/Wash The Walls
In case you’ve removed an existing wallpaper, there’ll be a sticky or gummed feel on the surface of your walls. Given this factor, it becomes needless to say that you’ll need to wash the walls for effective cleaning. Also, you can hand-scrub the walls to make sure that nothing remains so as to interfere with the upcoming installation procedure.
In the other case where you’ve had no existing wallpaper applied on the walls, you’ll still need to clean the walls for removing any surface dust, dirt, or grime. A soft cloth dampened in a solution of warm water and vinegar will work just fine to cope with dust or dirt issues.
4. Apply A Primer Coating
You should not apply the wallpaper directly to drywall and therefore, a primer coating will come in handy. The primer will act as a surface barrier between the wall and the wallpaper besides helping the wallpaper adhere to the surface. And having that said, using the primer coating is not mandatory but certainly very favorable.
However, even before applying a primer, you’ll need to take the compatibility of the primer with the wall into account. Yes, depending on the type of wall surface, there are many different types of primers available, and choosing a type compatible with the interior walls of your home will offer the best results.
5. Clean The Wall Again
After applying a primer coating, you’ll need to wait for a day or so before installing the wallpaper. And in the meantime, dust, dirt, or grime may build-up on the surface of the walls. So, you’ll again need to wash/clean the wall surface, however, this one will be pretty quick and won’t take much of your time.
6. Move On To Install The Wallpaper
Finally, all the pawns have been rightly placed in the game and you can carry on with the installation process of your home wallpaper. All you need is to have proper knowledge of the materials required and the steps involved in the wallpaper installation project to efficiently and effortlessly complete this DIY task with efficacy.
A DIY wallpaper installation project might be a simple task, however, it requires you to prepare the interior walls for the efficient and smooth conduct of this procedure. You’ll need to remove the existing wallpaper (optional step), smooth the surface of the walls, clean them, and apply a primer coating before installing the wallpaper. Don’t forget to clean the walls again after applying the primer coat for getting rid of dust, dirt, and grime.
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