Strippable Wall Covering Hanging Instructions
Step 1: Wall Preparation
Walls should be smooth, dry, and free from dirt and grease. Walls, (especially in bathrooms and kitchens), sometimes have a film of bacteria which is not visible to the naked eye, and which can produce mildew. A quick wash with disinfectant or chlorine bleach will kill any bacteria.
Newly plastered walls contain lime, which must be neutralized with a coating of zinc sulfate, (one pound to one gallon of water). Allow plaster to dry thoroughly.
Walls must be sealed with a flat, oil-base paint or wall primer.
For old, irregular wall surfaces we suggest the use of a liner.
Step 2: Pasting
This wallcovering can best be hung with a Heavy Duty Clear Paste used commercially, such as Shurstik Premixed Clear.
To make hanging easier, we recommend that after pasting the complete sheet, it should be 'booked', (folded back to back), and allowed to soak and relax for five to ten minutes while you proceed to paste the next sheet. After the second sheet is pasted and booked, the first sheet can be applied to the wall. Brush an even coat of adhesive over entire back of wallcovering strip. Be sure that the edges are pasted. However, take care not to saturate the paper.
The booked paper should be hung while it is still pliable.
Step 3: Hanging Instructions
This wallcovering is not PRE-TRIMMED and should be trimmed by hand using a straightedge and a razor knife. Begin in an inconspicuous corner. Measure 1/2" less than the width of the paper to the right of the corner. Draw a straight, vertical line on the wall using a plum line or level.
Measure and cut a strip the length of the wall from ceiling to baseboard. Allow 4" for overlap at top and bottom. Apply the paste following the instructions above.
Carry wallcovering to wall and place the right edge of the strip along the vertical line on the wall, allowing the remainder to go around the corner. Allow 2" overlap at top and bottom.
Smooth out bubbles using a wallpaper brush. Work down the center and out to each side. Make sure corner overlap is firmly secured. Trim ceiling and baseboard overlap with a razor knife using a straight-edge.
All edges must be rolled with a roller.
Repeat the above procedure for the next strip, sliding it into position next to the preceding strip. Be sure to match the design of the adjacent strips at eye level. Remember to check for half-drop information on the edges of the pattern.
There are two ways to connect adjacent strips:
- Slide strip 3 next to strip 1 with its edge butted up against the edge of the adjacent strip. Do not overlap. Be sure to match the pattern.
- Slide strip 2 next to strip 1 with its edge overlapping from the edge of the pattern to the 'trim-join' mark (about a 1/4"). Be sure to match the pattern on the adjacent strips. This will cause a slight bulge, or 'seam', which is historically appropriate to 19th century wallpaper hanging.
Wash adhesive completely from the surface of the wallcovering immediately after each strip is hung. Any adhesive left on the wallcovering can, at a later date, attack the surface printed inks and cause them to flake.
Step 4: Cleaning Instructions
Use a mild soap or detergent. Do not use abrasives, solvents, or nail polish removers.
Step 5: Stripping From Wall
Simply loosen one edge of the material and pull from wall. No wetting or scraping necessary.
NOTE: The highest quality of workmanship is used in the production of this wallcovering. All the wallcoverings in this collection are hand screen printed, therefore machine print accuracy should not be expected. Small imperfections and slight variations in pattern match and color are inherent in this method of printing and are not to be considered defects. Correct design and color should be checked before the wallcovering is cut or hung. Final inspection and approval are the ultimate responsibility of the customer.
No claims will be recognized on wallcovering after it has in any way been processed by the purchaser. We are not responsible for labor costs of hanging wrong or imperfect material.