How to Hang Wallpaper

Please note:
Extra care must be taken during installation as smooth wallpaper is more susceptible to creasing than traditional vinyl wallcovering
products. It is best to contact a professional paper hanger to perform installation for easy up and easy down wallcovering or mural. A qualified installer can be found here https://www.wallcoveringinstallers.org

BEFORE STARTING

Examine goods to assure the pattern, color, quantity and quality are as ordered. If any defects are evident DO NOT install and contact us IMMEDIATELY. Organize in roll number sequence (located on the bottom of each panel). It is important that you order enough rolls with the matching batch numbers to ensure a good color and pattern match between each panel. Room temperature should be about 65°F (18°C) for 48 hours prior to install. Our paper should be acclimated to the same temperature as installation point for 48 hours prior to install.

RIGHT ADHESIVE

Always use an adhesive especially recommended for non-woven wallpaper. Our smooth wallpaper is a highly permeable wallcovering and should be installed with a heavy duty adhesive and primer with mold and mildew inhibitors. Manufacturers such as Roman Decorating and Zinsser offer permeable adhesives and primers with advanced mold and mildew protection. Please check with these manufacturers for their latest products. Roman Eco brand primers and adhesives are recommended for compliance with NSF-342 sustainability.

▪ Rollers and tray

▪ Measuring tape

▪ Bucket (Filled with water to clean sponge)

▪ Paintbrush (For the areas that the roller misses, e.g. along the ceiling and skirting boards)

▪ Spirit level or plumb line (To make sure the wallpaper is straight)

▪ Drywall taping knife (To make a straight, clean cut along the top and bottom)

▪ Straight-edge (For double cutting wallpaper)

▪ Wallpaper sponge (Soft cloth or sponge, preferably a cellulose sponge)

▪ Pencil

▪ Knife / Razor blades

▪ Wallpapering smoother or brush

How to Hang Wallpaper

Follow along with our illustrated instructions to learn how to install our smooth wallpaper. This is a guide hanging wallpaper that is purchased by the double roll.

1. Prepare The Walls

All hanging surfaces must be clean, smooth, dry, undamaged, free of mold, mildew, grease or stains, and structurally intact. All loose, flaking paint and other wallcoverings should be removed. If moisture is present, immediately identify and eliminate the source(s) of the moisture and verify that all wall surfaces are completely dry before proceeding. Proper surface preparation is key to getting great results.

2. Prime The Walls

Thoroughly clean surface of all dirt, grease, and anything that might adversely effect paper installation. Properly prime surface with suitable product. Roman Eco brand primers are recommended for compliance with NSF-342 sustainability. Please check with these manufacturers for their latest products.

3. Where To Start

If hanging on all walls of a room, the first strip of wallpaper will line up with the last strip of wallpaper you hang and the pattern should match up at that place. You will want to start and finish wallpapering in a corner, near the curtains or behind a door so that the miss-match is less obvious. The focal point of the room should have the fewest seams.

4. Measure

Measure and make a mark at 24 inches from desired starting point, this will be used to create plumb line .

5. Mark Plumb Line

Few walls are truly square or perfectly vertical. To avoid your pattern going askew in the midst of your hanging process, always reference a vertical line made with a level or a plumb line. Measure and mark a vertical line 24 inches from desired starting point. This will be the guideline for aligning the width of the first strip of wallpaper. Do not hang directly on the leveled mark, hang parallel to it ( about 1/4 inch short of the line). Create another plumb line every time you reach a corner.

6. Paste Your Panel

Pour Heavy Duty adhesive into a paint tray and roll the paste onto the first panel of wallpaper. Roman Eco brand of adhesives are recommended for compliance with NSF-32 sustainability.

7. Book Your Panel

“Book” or fold the pasted side on itself by folding the top and bottom to meet in the middle (make sure you do not crease the paper). The booked strip will now have graphics on both sides with the glue in contact with itself. The panel should remain booked for approximately 10 minutes.

8. Corners & Edges

For corners and edges, use a paint brush to completely cover the wall with adhesive.

Hang Wallpaper

9. Hang First Panel

Measure wall height, allowing for pattern match, add 4 inches, and then cut the wallpaper. It will overlap onto the ceiling and the base approximately 2 inches. Hang from left to right to ensure a smooth repeat of the design. Unfold the top half of your panel, leaving the bottom half still booked. Use the plumb line mark to ensure the wallpaper hangs straight.

10. Smooth First Panel

Carefully smooth out bubbles using a broad smoothing brush, not a squeegee, from the middle of the panel out. Once the top of the paper is smooth, un-book the bottom half and continue smoothing with brush. Use the same procedure to hang each of the remaining panels.

11. Wipe Down Panel

Use a natural sponge (soft cloth or sponge, preferably a cellulose sponge) wipe the excess paste from the wall. Always rinse the sponge and change the water frequently. Use the same procedure to hang each of the remaining panels.

12. Trim Panel – Ceiling

Using a straightedge and razor trim the edge of the wallpaper along the ceiling. Do this procedure after each panel is hung.

13. Trim Panel – Base

Using a straightedge and razor trim the edge of the wallpaper along the baseboard. Do this procedure after each panel is hung.

14. Trim Panel – Corner

Using a straightedge and razor trim the edge of the wallpaper along the corner. Do this procedure after each panel is hung.

Repeat steps 6-13 to hang panel #2

15. Hang Second Panel

Once the first panel is correctly hanged, start hanging the following panels, taking as a reference the first panel. If you don’t get it right, peel it back as needed to reposition it. Smooth down the wallpaper in the same way you did the first panel. Overlap the second strip 2 inches over the edge of the first strip.

16. Match Pattern

Slide wallpaper panel into position until both panels match up seamlessly.

17. Cut Around Outlet

Cut away excess material around an object (e.g. window or door). Using a straightedge, push the panel flush against the wall and into the join/intersection between the wall and your door or window.

18. Double Cutting

Using a straightedge and a sharp utility blade, make a vertical cut through the overlapping paper.

19. Peel Back Top Layer

Carefully peel back the top layer of overlapping wallpaper.

20. Remove Excess Material

Remove both strips from both wallpaper lengths.

21. Smooth Double Cut

Smooth the edges together and roll the seam to seal. Both edges should be touch each other creating the perfect seam that is difficult to see. Wipe off excess paste.

▫ Pro tip: The knife blade / razor must be sharp to prevent tearing. Have a coupe of blades to use on each project.

22. Trim Panel – Corner

Using a straightedge and razor trim the edge of the wallpaper along the corner.

23. Enjoy

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