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
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
For your DIY wallpaper installation project you will need some basic
This will cost you Ksh.500 a sachet
Brush or roller: An ordinary paint brush will do
snap off blade
& bucket of clean water
brush or plastic smoother
6" Putty knife and or straight edge
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wash off excess glue with a damp natural sponge,
continuing to smooth the wallpaper as you go.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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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