Wallpaper repairs are often necessary. There are times over the life of the wallpaper that you will have problems appear. For example, you may have problems with the wallpaper buckling due to humidity or there may be a rip in it. In most situations, these types of repairs can be handled and in fact improved so that you do not have to worry about them. To help you with some of the most common wallpaper repairs, keep these tips in mind.
Wallpaper Becomes Loose: This is a problem that can happen to any type of wallpaper over time. The edges or even the center of the wallpaper seems to come loose from the wall. The wallpaper may sag or it may curl up at the edges, top or bottom. When this happens, it is best to add adhesive to the wallpaper to allow it to again lay flat. The best way to do this is to use a specialized adhesive designed to hold down the edges of wallpaper. Traditional wallpaper paste is unlikely to work since it is unlikely to be strong enough. You can find this type of adhesive at your home improvement store or your wallpaper retailer.
Blisters In Wallpaper: In some instances, the wallpaper may blister. This can happen if there is an air pocket you missed while installing the wallpaper or over time, when the adhesive in that location specifically fails and air gets trapped behind the wallpaper. To overcome this problem, it is best to use a sharp utility knife to cut a small “X” into the blister. Then, allow the air to escape. Fold back the edges just a small amount. You can then add wallpaper adhesive or wallpaper repair paste to the underside of these edges. Place back in place and smooth down. Use a straight edge to smooth down the edges and then a wet towel to wipe over the top.
Tears and Holes: Another type of problem you may have with wallpaper is the common tear. Holes are also a problem. These can happen for any number of reasons. Unfortunately, the best way to fix them is the same method as with blisters in the wallpaper. If you cannot do this, you may be able to patch the wallpaper with another piece of scrap that you have. If you are using scrap pieces, tear the patch instead of cutting it. Torn, uneven edges are less likely to actually be seen after you patch it.
With wallpaper maintenance, it is common to have these types of issues pop up. Wallpaper repair tips like these can work on most problems you are having. Keep in mind that the sooner you tackle such problems the more successful you will be in repairing the wallpaper.