Textured Wallpaper Prep, Installation and Storage, Part 1

For many in both the home and commercial space, textured wallpaper is a popular option for several reasons. Ideal for primary aesthetics and room depth, and also very good at hiding small defects present in many areas, textured wallpaper is widely popular in several scenarios.

At Wallpaper Warehouse, we’re happy to offer several textured wallpaper options as part of our huge selection of contemporary wallpaper, which includes everything from children’s wallpaper to kitchen wallpaper, commercial wallpaper and several other choices. Textured wallpaper does require a few particular installation and storage themes be followed – this two-part blog will go over some basic tips we can offer on how to prep, install and store textured wallpaper.

Early Preparation Tips

Before getting started with hanging textured wallpaper, you’ll want to take a few minutes to look at the material and ensure the color, pattern and amounts are all correct. In addition, particularly in larger rooms or spaces you’ll be covering, we recommend a traffic or movement management plan that allows you to leave pathways open and limit any hazards or injury risks.

In cases where you have high ceilings, prepare yourself with a ladder or scaffold. Inspect these elements for safety ahead of time.

Specific Prep Work

Now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty, so to speak. Here are some general steps to take as you prepare both the walls and the job site itself for textured wallpaper installation:

  • Repair any issues with the wall, from indentations to bumpy or uneven surfaces. Use a sander for smoothing and a basic cloth to remove any standing dust, plus mildew that may be present.
  • Use the proper primer on the wall ahead of applying adhesive, plus remove any stains from the wall with a stain-removing primer.
  • Remove all other loose materials or debris, plus vacuum or wipe down the wall with warm water and detergent (many do both).
  • Cut your panels and headers in roll number sequence – leaving them out of sequence might ruin your color pattern in many setups.

Choosing Adhesive

Next, it’s time to determine the proper adhesive to use for your wallpaper. Much of this decision will come down to reading your product guidelines and any labels, as many manufacturers include recommendations on the ideal adhesive material to use.

In most cases, a clear, heavy-duty wall adhesive will be used for textured wallpaper materials. While clay-based adhesives are an option, they may lead to damage to the wallcovering surface in some situations – speak to our pros before using such a material. There will also be cases where your wall material limits your adhesive selection somewhat, though these are rare.

For more on installing textured wallpaper, or to learn about any of our wallpaper online, speak to the staff at Wallpaper Warehouse today.

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