The right Wallpaper adhesive
It goes without saying that wallpaper adhesive is the most important consideration in wallpaper installation. Use the right wallpaper adhesive, from Wallpaper Kenya, to make it easier for you to install and to remove, when that time comes. For Ksh 250 per 180 grams sachet of powder wallpaper adhesive, you have no excuse to use the wrong wallpaper glue. One such sachet holds enough powder to hang at least 4 standard size, 53 centimeters by 9.5 meters, rolls of wallpaper.
Understanding wallpaper paste isn’t nuclear science. Although the labels on wallpaper packaging list a large number of ingredients. Its main ingredients are only two. And both are natural with no preservatives or chemicals. Potato and rise starch-based wallpaper paste works best with what professional paper hangers call paper-paper. Which is pulp paper without vinyl. However starch paste is not the best choice for hanging fabric. Because the bond is quite aggressive, so removal takes effort. Our paste is safe for the environment and your living quarters.
How to mix powder wallpaper adhesive with water
Please note it is extremely important to read the instructions on how to mix a particular adhesive.
Step 1: Read and follow the manufacturers instructions
But generally speaking the ratio of water to the adhesive should be 30:1. In other words, measure 30 parts cold water and pour it in a bucket. You can use a cup to measure. Scoop up 1 part dry, unmodified potato starch into the measuring cup. For example, if you need approximately 10 cups wallpaper paste, you’ll need 30 cups water in the bucket and 1 cup powder adhesive in the measuring cup.
Step 2: Sprinkle the powder adhesive into the cold water a little at a time
Stirring constantly using a wooden spatula. The mechanical action of stirring will help break the starch granules down. If you don’t do this, it will form lumps and that is not good as it can cause bulbs when applied between the wallpaper and the wall. After the mixture is consistent let it settle for 5 minutes or so. Return to stir the mixture approximately after the five minutes or so.
Scrape the bottom of the pot with the spatula to check for thickening. Begin stirring constantly when you feel slight resistance from thickened starch at the bottom of the pot. By now you have the right consistency which is similar to a thin pudding or heavy syrup.
Heavy Duty Rower Plant Rice Wallpaper Glue
The properties of our heavy duty wallpaper glue are as follows:
- Neutral noncorrosive formula suitable for alkaline surfaces such as concrete, cement, brick and plaster, making it suitable for interior applications.
- It is odorless, making it ideal for use in confined areas
- Bamboo charcoal net taste
- New environmental Protection
- Neutral food grade starch as raw material
- Safe for use on mirrors – will not de-silver the mirror-backing
Rower plant rice wallpaper glue is a product with high environmental performance index. Produced through a series of compound denaturation treatment. It uses food grade starch as the main raw material, does not add any harmful substances, and meets the high concern of EU REACH (SVHC) content standard.
The glue is rich in “natural bamboo charcoal factor. Thus effectively captures free formaldehyde in the air, stupid and other harmful substances. In effect, it purifies the indoor air, and creates an environmentally friendly and healthy home environment for you.
Natural food grade starch is the main raw material. It has passed ISO9001 and EU environmental standards certification. Redeployment is simple, easy to construct, suitable for all kinds of wall coverings and wallpaper construction.
Instructions for use of heavy duty wallpaper glue
Cleaning: Ensure tool are clean (Bucket, mixing tools, etc.) before preparation.
Pour the glue: Cut the packaging with scissors along the bag seal, and sit the bag to the bottom of the bucked. At the same time press the bottom of the bag against the edge of the bucket and apply force by hand. Pour the product into the container and mix well.
According to the type of wallpaper, add water 3 times. Add water 30% for the first time and fully stir to make the glue absorb all the water. Then add water for the second time; according to this operation, add water 30% for the second time. Third add the remaining 40% water and stir until the glue fully absorbs the water and becomes viscous. Stirring can be stopped when the smooth glue is smooth.
Brushing: Apply the glue evenly on the back of the wallpaper, and fold the wallpaper with the glue surface for 3-5 minutes. After the glue is infiltrated it can be pasted.
Paste: Install the vertical reference, paste the wallpaper from top to bottom according to the standard then use the brush and scraper from top to bottom. Scrape from inside to the outside, and squeeze out the bubbles and excess glue.
Activating self adhesive wallpaper
Although not common in Kenya, you might be having Peel and stick wallpaper. This is relatively new to the interior design world, and is the easiest type of wallpaper to remove. It’s also the easiest to apply.
Water activated wallpaper is a new take on traditional wallpaper. It removes the step of adding glue. The wallpaper is pre-pasted on the back.
The paste is in a dried form. Therefore you have to soak the paste in water before it can become sticky. This type of wallpaper is generally easier to remove than traditional paste wallpaper.
The dictionary of wallpaper defines booking as: Folding (without creasing) a continuous strip of wallpaper which has just been pasted, allowing time for the adhesive to soak into the paper. And keeping the adhesive tacky until ready to hang. The paper is folded over on itself, pasted sides together with the edges in alignment. The correct amount of booking time varies, and should be noted on the directions that come with the paper.
After you cut the first drop of your wallpaper, it’s time to activate the paste on a peel and stick wallpaper or apply adhesive to an ordinary wallpaper. The procedures are generally quite straightforward, but be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the particular wallpaper that you’re installing.
How to install contact wallpaper
Contact paper is a later innovation that has a decorative surface on one side and a highly adhesive material on the other side. The paper sticks to the desired surface with minimal effort and does not require adhesive water activation. It is sold in rolls just like ordinary wallpaper and the material is cut to size by the user.
For best results, clean, dry and smooth the wall where you will install the wallpaper. It will not adhere to unclean or rough textured surfaces. Allow newly painted surfaces to fully cure for a minimum of 4 weeks before applying Peel and Stick Wallpaper.
When you are ready, Peel about 12” of the backing away from the paper. Apply the paper to the top of the wall, allowing a bit of excess to overlap the ceiling which will be trimmed off later. Align the right side of the strip and lightly press the edge to the wall. You can preposition if needed to ensure a vertical seam.
Working from top to bottom, pull the backing away as you evenly press the contact paper to the wall. Do not force, let gravity assist you. Be careful not to pull or stretch the material or the pattern will not align. For best results , have one person guide the paper at the top and along the seam, while another holds the opposite edge away from the wall until the seams are lined up.
Packaging for our Wallpaper Adhesives
- Ask for 230 grams highly sticky paste for fabric wallpaper or heavy wallpaper.You will mix with 4.5 liters of water, to cover 20 square meters for fabric wallpaper. But for heavy wallpaper mix with 5 Liters of water, to cover 25 square meters.
- Then we have a 250 grams also sticky paste for wall cloth or thick wallpaper
Mix with 5Liter of water, to cover 25 square meters
- The most common and used adhesive comes in 180 gram packaging. This is of middle quality paste great for PVC, Vinyl, and non-woven wallpaper. You will mix with with 5 Liters of water, to cover 25 square meters.
- For economy one may use the 180 grams common paste. But this is only good for lining paper and light PVC wallpaper. The ratio of water to use is 4 Liters to one sachet, to cover 20 square meters.
How to Remove Wallpaper Glue
What You Will Need
Liquid dish soap
Step 1: Prep the Room
The first thing you do is to go to your circuit breaker and turn off the electricity to the room. Also don’t forget to use a painter’s tape to cover electrical outlets and baseboards. You may move furniture out of the room or cover it with tarps to protect it from soiling.
Step 2: Make a Cleaning Solution
Mix well a table spoon of liquid dish soap and a table spoon of baking powder in a bucket of hot water.
Step 3: Remove Glue
Put on your rubber gloves. Take the sponge and soak it with the cleaning solution. Squeeze out excess water and wipe out the glue by rubbing the wet sponge on the wall. We recommend working in small sections so you can remove the glue before it hardens again. Let the solution sit for a few moments, then use the same sponge (with a little bit of elbow grease) to wipe off the glue. If the glue isn’t softening well, use a putty knife or add vinegar to your bucket. The ratio should be one cup of vinegar to every 5 liters of water in your bucket.
Step 4: Clean the Wall
Now that the glue is off, take a clean, damp cloth and wipe the cleaning solution off the wall. Then take a dry cloth and wipe the wall to remove any excess moisture. Let the room air out. We recommend you wait for 24 hours before you hang wallpaper on these walls.
After you have spent a lot of time designing your room and choosing the perfect wallpaper, don’t risk disappointment by falling into certain wallpapering traps. To do so you need to read the instructions carefully. By so doing you will find out if your wallpaper is a paste the wall or a paste the paper design. It is important because there are many types of wallpaper which require very different processes for hanging. Not adhering to a wallpaper’s instructions could result in irreparable damage to the paper. For the short time that it takes to read the label it is not a risk worth taking.
All said and done, there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” solution for the right glue or the best adhesive when it comes to tricky surfaces. Often, the way forward is “learning by doing”, and sometimes this approach requires trying out various options.
Wallpaper Paste Problems
There are many different types of adhesive and choosing the right wallpaper paste is crucial. The strength and variety of the required paste is determined by the wallpaper’s weight, thickness and type. For instance, a heavy or thick one may require a heavy duty paste to ensure that it sticks firmly to the wall as it dries. Using the wrong type of paste can result in the wallpaper not sticking properly or damage to the wallpaper. Also, using a paste which is old and been left open days may can compromise its adhesive properties.
Another common pasting problem arises out of incorrect mixing. If the paste is too diluted and fluid it will have decreased adhesion and could cause blisters under the wallpaper. If it is too thick it could cause lumps. That is why it is important to simply follow the instructions on the adhesive in relation to technique and ratio.
Not adhering to soak time can cause freshly hung wallpaper to bubble or crease . When glue is applied to wallpaper it expands. The right soak time allows the wallpaper to expand to its maximum width once an adhesive has been applied. If a wallpaper is not allowed the right time to soak it may continue to expand on the wall, causing creases in the wallpaper and possibly even expansion bubbles.
Common causes of wallpaper adhesion problems
Our high tech adhesives are reliable and issues rarely occur when used correctly. However, there are some possibilities for failure when using any kind of adhesives. Failure can be defined as no adhesion upon cure, reduced adhesive strength or loss of adhesion over time. Finding the cause of a weakness can sometimes become difficult, especially when the problem is intermittent or it started after a long period of success. There are a number of standard issues that should be considered to determine the cause of a failure.
Contamination should be one of the first consideration. Any soiling or grease, oil or other impurity on the surface can potentially cause loss of adhesion. Dirty substrates are an obvious potential problem but contamination can be inadvertent. Tools such as the mixing bucket may have been improperly cleaned.
As earlier stated, intermittent problems are the hardest to detect cause and resolve. These are almost always due to a factor other than the wallpaper adhesive. Of course, a batch of adhesive may have been produced incorrectly but this is actually very rare. Because our reputable manufacturers use reliable raw materials and process controls to ensure a consistent finished product.