Wallpaper Installation, Wallpaper Adhesive & Wallpaper Removal

Wallpaper Installation & Wallpaper Removal:

When you buy wallpaper from Wallpaper Kenya you have a choice to pay for supply and installation or supply alone. Professional wallpaper installation will make wallpaper removal easy when that time comes. The trick for ease of wallpaper removal is the use of the proper wallpaper adhesive in your wallpaper installation. For wallpaper installation outside Nairobi, the only other cost is the cost of transport and upkeep of the wallpaper hanging staff. We have a full time team of professional wallpaper hangers. We normally need one day notice to schedule wallpaper application unless we are very busy. If you want to engage us on a large scale commercial wallpaper installation we might need two or three days to mobilize the wallpaper installers.
If you have your own wallpaper and only need us for wallpaper installation services the cost or our professional fee is Ksh. 800 per standard size roll and we come with our own glue and tools.
At times it might not be cost effective for you to engage us for the wallpaper installation services, especially if you want to hang wallpaper on a small area like one wall and the site is far off from our Nairobi base or is even abroad. In such a case you might want to do it yourself (DIY).

DIY Wallpaper installation
For your DIY wallpaper installation project you will need some basic tools.
Paste: This will cost you Ksh.500 a sachet
Paste Brush or roller: An ordinary paint brush will do
Knife or snap off blade
Spirit Level
Sponge & bucket of clean water
Smoothing brush or plastic smoother
Tape Measure
4" - 6" Putty knife and or straight edge
A pencil
Step stool
Seam roller
  1. Prep the wall. You might to sandpaper the wall to smooth off any imperfections if any, then apply a coat of wallpaper primer or paint undercoat and give it sufficient time to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. Your working area and your hands are should be clean, too.
  2. Cut vertical strips 4 inches longer than the wall height; once the wallpaper is up, you'll trim the 2 inches up and 2 inches excess. Arrange wallpaper strips side by side on the floor to ensure that the pattern match correctly.
  3. Use a tape measure and a pencil to mark where on the wall the paper will be placed. For example, mark the top edge of a chair rail or sides of a rectangle.
  4. Pour premixed clear wallpaper glue into a paint roller tray. Use a small paint roller to apply it quickly and evenly to the back of the paper. Now apply the paper one strip at a time, smoothing each onto the wall from the center outward using a plastic smoother. For long strips, use a stepladder and work from the top down; have someone hold the other end as you position it (use this same method for wide chair-rail strips). The seams of side-by-side strips should butt against one another, not overlap; make sure these seams lie flat by using a seam-roller.
  5. Once a wallpaper strip is up, you have about 10 to 15 minutes of perfectly wet wallpaper glue to perfect its placement. Carefully push any bubbles out toward the borders.
  6. Wash off excess glue with a damp natural sponge, continuing to smooth the wallpaper as you go.

wallpaper Removal

When it comes to removing wallpaper, you may have a little work to do especially if the wallpaper adhesive used is not the right one. Note installation over existing wallpaper may not work and is not recommended. However if the adhesive used is the right one removing old wallpaper is not that difficult. As most wallpaper in Kenya is vinyl coated which is impermeable, a scorer which is a tool for poking holes through the vinyl wallpaper impermeable layer so as water to reach the paper wallpaper backing and the glue through to the wall becomes handy.
When removing old wallpaper beware of the wall. Gypsum wall partitions are more delicate than plaster, so be cautious not to damage the cardboard facing when using a wallpaper scraping tool for wallpaper removal.

A Little Prep Work for Wallpaper Removal
Preparation is always key to any task. Follow these steps:
1. Take everything off the walls.
2. Remove decorative objects and knick knacks.
3. Remove as much furniture as possible. Cover what is left.
4. Spread plastic drop cloths on the floor along the baseboards and tape them to the baseboards to prevent messy scraps from getting on your floors.
5. Allow a full day for removing paper from an average-sized room.
6. At a corner or seam near the bottom of the wall, use a putty knife to pry the edge of the wall covering. If it pulls away easily and keeps coming up as you pull, you have strippable wallpaper and your job should be easy.
7. To remove the paper, simply grab the lower corner of a strip and pull it away until both corners of the strip are free. Then hold the bottom edge with both hands and pull until the whole strip is off the wall. Repeat all the way around the room.
8. If the paper is stubborn, you can help it along by using a razor knife. Hold the knife perpendicular to the wall and make a series of horizontal strips about 10 inches apart. Then loosen the section of paper and pull it free with your fingers.

To Remove Peel-able Wallpaper
Some wallpapers are peel-able, which means that they have a top coat which comes off just like strippable paper. Once you have peeled off the top vinyl coat, you will have the backing left. Follow directions for stripping with water to remove the backing. Do not leave the backing on even if it is in good condition, it will come out easily when soaked.

To Remove Washable Wallpaper
The majority of wallpaper in Kenya are Vinyl washable wallpaper. The vinyl surface that makes washable wallpaper easy to clean also makes it harder to remove. Since the glue used is water based you need to break through the vinyl film that covers the wallpaper for water to penetrate the paper backing and the wall. Use a scorer or wire brush to poke holes in the wallpaper. Use a very dump cloth or a spray bottle to soak the paper. Spray water into the slits so it can work its way behind the covering. Wait about 10 minutes and then scrape off the paper with a putty knife.

Steam Removal
The last resort for removing stubborn wallpaper is to steam-strip. This require a steamer for boiling the water which you might not have. This job is strenuous because you must steam and strip at the same time. You might want to ask a for professional help.


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