Got Peeling Wallpaper? Here Is An Easy Fix

29 May 2015
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog

If you love your wallpaper, you're not alone. Modern designs of wallpaper allow people to create any type of room they wish in designs that paint cannot offer. However, there may come a time when you notice that the paper is peeling along the seams or near the bottom of the wall. This doesn't mean that you have to take the wallpaper down and start from scratch. All you need to do is follow these simple steps and your wallpaper will look new again.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

The tools needed to start the job can probably be found in your home, and definitely at your local home-improvement store. These tools and supplies include the following:

  • wallpaper paste
  • 1 sheet of writing paper
  • a small plastic putty knife  
  • a damp sponge
  • newspaper

Step 2: Prepare the Work Area

Lay down the newspaper on the floor against the wall where the peeling section of wallpaper is. In doing so, you'll help prevent dropped wallpaper paste from landing on the floor.

Step 3 Apply the Paste to the Paper

Apply a small amount of wallpaper paste to the sheet of writing paper with the plastic putty knife.

Step 4: Rub the Writing Paper on the Wallpaper

Hold the writing paper with one hand while grabbing the end of the peeling wallpaper with the other hand. Be gentle when grabbing the wallpaper so you don't pull it away from the wall more.

Rub the writing paper onto to the backside of the wallpaper to apply the paste.

Press the wallpaper against the writing paper so that it is up against the wall with the wallpaper on top of it.

Step 5: Slide Out the Writing Paper

Hold the wallpaper in place and gently slide the writing paper out from behind it. As you're doing this, press the wallpaper down with your other hand, beginning at the top of the peeling area and working your way down. 

Step 6: Smooth Away Bubbles

Smooth away any bubbles that appear with your hands. Wipe the entire area down with the damp sponge. This helps to smooth the wallpaper out more, and it also removes any residual paste that might settle along the edges.

Expect to spend around a half an hour completing this project. While you have everything handy, check the seams of the entire wall, or room and apply these same steps. Ask your interior designer for help if you run into any issues with these steps or with other projects, such as those concerning window treatments