Wallpaper is a popular option for cladding and enhancing walls. There are many options of wallpapers available in the US. You can buy wallpapers of different material, designs and themes of your choice. In the United States, the types of wallpaper that are commonly used are, paper wallpapers, woodchip wallpapers, non-woven wallpapers, fiberglass, textile and vinyl wallpapers. In all the above-mentioned types, there comes the variety of designs and themes such as; leaf wallpaper, floral, tropical, abstract wallpaper and many more. People of the US love nature and this is the reason they often choose Leaves wallpaper for their living room and bedrooms. Wallpaper leaves work as a therapy for most the people who love nature. Click here to check out fabulous wallpaper designs and types at Wallmur.
We have put together some important tips for you that can make your work on walls and ceilings much easier.
Paper wallpapers are pasted with methyl cellulose paste (the classic, inexpensive wallpaper paste for mixing with water) before being glued on. The webs are then folded and need to soak for a while. If the soaking time is not adhered to or if too little paste is applied, this can lead to problems later. In addition, care should be taken when processing, because paper wallpapers are not tear-resistant.
The wallpaper, which has been a little swollen from pasting and soaking, contracts again as it dries on the wall and thus tensions itself on the surface. Paper wallpapers can be removed wet; i.e., the paste has to be softened again with water to remove the wallpaper.
Although professional wall paperers usually advise against wallpapering, it is basically possible to cover an old, well-adhering paper wallpaper with a new one. The underside of the wallpaper should ideally be smooth and uncoated and the top wallpaper should not be too heavy. It can also help to mix the paste a little thicker or to use a special paste or wallpaper adhesive right away.
Like other paper wallpapers, woodchip is pasted in strips and stuck to the wall after the specified soaking time. Damage to the woodchip can be invisibly repaired with so-called liquid woodchip or cotton plaster. Woodchip is not so well suited for wallpapering over, as it offers little adhesive surface due to its knobby structure and also presses the wood chips through with smooth wallpapers. To remove the wallpaper must be soaked and then peeled off wet. The more layers of paint there are, the more difficult it is to get soaked; Here it is advisable to scratch and break open the surface, for example with a wallpaper hedgehog or nail board.
Non-woven wallpapers are attached with the so-called wall adhesive technique. For this purpose, a special non-woven wallpaper paste is applied to the wall and the wallpaper is then placed in the paste bed. Because non-woven wallpapers are a little translucent, uneven or dark surface should be prepared with a brush primer or wallpaper underlay before sticking on a light or patterned wallpaper
Non-woven wallpapers are dry strippable, so they are usually much easier to remove than paper wallpapers. They can be painted well, but are hardly suitable for wallpapering.
Both the fine glass fibers and the special adhesives required are dangerous to health, which is why wallpapering here should be left to a professional. Fiberglass wallpapers are dimensionally stable and are attached using the wall adhesive technique. Once attached, there is no longer any danger from flying glass fibers. Because fiberglass wallpaper is not vapor-permeable and completely seals the wall, it cannot help regulate the indoor climate. That is why it should not be glued to all the walls in an apartment. Wallpapering over is also not recommended.
In the case of textile knitted or woven wallpapers, especially those with a non-woven backing, the wall adhesive technique is often provided, ie the wall is pasted. On the other hand, many types of warp thread can be pasted like normal paper wallpaper and stuck to the wall after the soaking time. Particular care is required during processing to ensure that as little paste as possible gets onto the sensitive surface. Special paste or glue should be used for some fabric wallpapers. The manufacturer’s instructions are always decisive for the correct technology.
Many paper-based textile wallpapers can be split, i.e., when removed dry, the layer of fabric comes off the paper backing. The wallpaper base can then remain on the wall as waste and form a nice, even surface for the next wallpaper.
Fabric wallpapers are extremely unsuitable for painting over and wallpapering – on the one hand because of their poor adhesion properties, on the other hand because the fine structure, look and feel are irretrievably destroyed by the layer of paint.
Vinyl wallpapers with a non-woven backing are attached using the wall adhesive technique; in the case of vinyl paper wallpapers, the wallpaper strips are pasted and must soak before they are attached. In the case of elastic textured and foam wallpapers, the wallpaper should only be pressed lightly so that the relief is not damaged. Special paste is recommended for some variants. Overlaps must be glued with vinyl adhesive because normal paste will stick to the carrier layer, but not to the plastic. Paper-based vinyl wallpapers are often peelable; the upper layer can be peeled off dry, while the lower one sticks to the wall as waste.
Foam wallpapers are not suitable for wallpapering or painting over because of their soft surface or elastic structure. Thin, smooth lacquer wallpapers can be painted over with appropriate lacquer paints or wallpapered over with special glue (no cellulose paste), but for people, walls and room climate it is always better to remove the old vinyl wallpaper.
Ensure optimal working conditions
Have all the materials and tools you need within easy reach so that you can work quickly. The room that you want to wallpaper should be as completely empty as possible so that you can move freely and have enough space to paste the wallpaper and attach it to the wall and ceiling. The room should be unheated, doors and windows are and remain closed to avoid drafts.