This article is about “How to hang wallpaper , wallpaper into a corner ,remove paint from carpets ,clean painted or wallpapered walls .”
How to hang wallpaper
You will need
– Pasting table
– Pasting brush
– Wallpaper brush
– Plumb line or spirit level
– Tape measure
– Stanley knife
– Damp sponge
Whether you are using wallpaper to create a feature wall or covering your whole room with a designer wall covering, hanging wallpaper can be tricky and it’s not always possible to call on a professional so why not do it yourself! After preparing your walls and protecting yourself and your furniture, you must start by measuring out your wallpaper.
Use a measuring tape to size up the length of your wall and leave 2 inches at the top and bottom of the length, which will be trimmed later for a seamless finish. With patterned wallpaper ensure you have the pattern the right way round before you start measuring up and cutting lengths, it may help to label the top and the bottom of each section of wallpaper so there is no confusion when hanging.
Next each length must be pasted and folded, use a paste containing a fungicide, especially when it comes to decorating rooms that are exposed to moisture, for example, the kitchen, bathroom and utility area. Mix the paste in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions. You can also buy ready mixed wallpaper paste for ultimate ease.
Start at the top of each wallpaper section and apply paste to the whole length of the paper, from top to bottom, spread the paste from the centre to the edges for even coverage. Fold each pasted length inwards so that the top and bottom of the wallpaper meet in the middle. Put each piece of wallpaper to one side for soaking, ensuring that the paste has absorbed correctly for effective hanging.
Now comes the tricky part – hanging the wallpaper. Avoid wonky results by using a plumb line or spirit level to draw a line so you can hang your first length straight, the rest of the lengths will follow suit. When you hang the wallpaper leave the plumb line showing so you can double check that the length is completely straight.
To hang a length of wallpaper, open the top fold of the section and stick to the top of the wall, following the plumb line as a guide. Don’t forget to leave roughly 2 inches at the top of the wall for the final trim. Use the paper brush to smooth away any lumps and bumps, work from the centre and out to the edges to dispel any trapped air. Finish by opening the bottom fold and smoothing down to the skirting, again leaving the 2 inch excess at the bottom.
Ensure that the edges of the wallpaper length are fully fixed, add more paste if necessary. Any paste that has fell onto the surface of the wallpaper must be removed using a damp sponge Make your own plumb line by attaching a weight to a long piece of string, your homemade version will rival any shop brought plumb bob.
Hang the plumb line from the ceiling and leave it to swing and come to a stop naturally, you can then mark your perfectly straight, vertical line onto the wall with a pencil. immediately as once dry it will be particularly difficult to remove. Use the scissors to gently crease the extra 2 inches either end of the wallpaper length, use the crease as a guide to cut away the excess paper with the Stanley knife. Repeat this process ensuring each length of paper meets exactly.
Why use lining paper
Lining paper is recommended by all professional painters and decorators. Not only does lining paper effectively hide any damage on the wall below, but also provides an extra adhesive surface for the wall coverings to stick to. Lining paper is particularly useful when papering over walls that have been previously painted with gloss or silk paint, but also when hanging heavy wallpapers or wall coverings with specialist finishes.
Lining paper is hung like normal wallpaper, but can be hung horizontally or vertically. Many choose to hang horizontally so that the joins of the lining paper do not conflict with the joins of the wall covering. Allow the lining paper time to dry before hanging wallpaper.
How to wallpaper into a corner
You will need
– Tape measure
– Wallpaper paste
– Wallpaper brush
Wallpapering into corners can be a difficult yet inevitable job, but it’s not an impossible one. The key with wallpapering into corners is to plan ahead. You must plan to start just before the corner, not using a particularly long or short length of wallpaper to avoid creasing and other imperfections. Plan to run just a small amount into the corner.
Start by measuring from the last length of wallpaper that was hung before the corner, take a measurement from here into the corner and cut a length that is 1-2 inches bigger than your measurement. Paste and hang this section, which will run into and slightly past the corner.
Now take the second piece and hang from the corner, along the vertical line, this will create a seamless effect and the end result will almost look like one piece of wallpaper running across the corner. Finish by brushing into the corner to remove any blisters and creases. Working with patterned wallpaper As with hanging any wallpaper, it is important to match up the pattern as closely as possible, which will be a little difficult when cutting shorter sections to paper into a corner.
The joy of papering into a corner however is that any slight mismatch will go unnoticed to the untrained eye.
How to remove paint from carpets
You will need
– Paper towels
– Turpentine, mineral spirits or glycerin (depending on the type of paint you’re using) – Rubbing alcohol or nail varnish remover (varies based on paint type)
– Solution of mild detergent and clean water
– Dry towel
– WD40 for dried in stains
Redecorating is a common task taken on by many homeowners and with painting a room, there is always a risk of spilling paint on your floors and furnishings.
Even if you protect your room well, paint often finds its way underneath polythene and dust sheets and onto your carpet. The key to removing paint that gets spilt on your carpet is to act fast! If the paint has time to dry fully, then you could be left with a permanent stain. How paint is removed largely depends on the type of paint you are using.
Start however by containing the spillage or else you could be removing paint from a larger area than you anticipated. Surround the spillage with dry paper towels, which will soak up any spreading paint. After containing the paint, blot any excess paint with dry paper towels to remove as much as possible.
The next step is determined by the type of paint you have used… – Oil-based paint This type of paint requires chemical treatment. Before you start the application, test your chemical of choice on a small section of your carpet to ensure that the formula does not stain. Apply your chemical solution (usually turpentine or mineral spirits) using paper towels and a blotting action. Once the paint has been removed blot with rubbing alcohol, this will remove any residue left from the chemical.
Finish by blotting with a mild detergent and clean water, and dry with a towel.
– Acrylic paint
Use glycerin to remove acrylic paint instead of chemical treatments. Again blot onto the stain with a paper towel and then rub on acetone or nail varnish remover to take away any leftover glycerin. – Water-based paint Water-based paint requires no chemicals, just use a soapy mixture of mild detergent and clean water to remove the paint.
Blot this on the spillage with a paper towel. Don’t use too much water however, excessive dilution will cause the spillage to spread and stain a larger area. Dry with a towel or wet/dry vacuum cleaner.
It’s not the end of the world if the paint has dried into the carpet! Scrape away any excess paint with a razor blade, being careful not to spread it. Then use a chemical treatment to remove. WD40 is a great solution for removing dried in paint, give it a go! For paint that is irremovable, repair the section with a carpet patch.
Now it’s time to clean! Start by removing dust with your duster, circle the room wiping all walls and woodwork as you go. Alternatively you can use a vacuum with an upholstery attachment to get into those hard to reach corners. Next wipe the walls with your cleaning solution, use a natural sponge as coloured sponges may leave dye on lightly painted walls.
Be careful that you do not make your sponge too wet as dripping solution may stain if it isn’t rinsed away properly. Work on small sections and rinse as you go with clean water. Finish by blotting away any excess moisture with a clean cloth.
How to clean painted or wallpapered walls
You will need
– Natural sponge
– Bucket of cleaning solution (read on to find out how to mix cleaning solution)
– Bucket of clean water Finish and maintain your new decor by cleaning your painted walls or wallpaper to perfection. During the decorating process and over time, walls become plagued with smudges, smears and fingerprints, which cause damage in the long run and produce a tired, unkempt appearance. Before you start the cleanup, protect your room.
Cleaning your walls and wallpaper can be a very messy job, use a canvas drop cloth or dust sheet to cover your floor and furniture. The cloth will absorb any soapy spillages. Now mix your cleaning solution – for light cleaning, mix warm water and some washing up liquid to create a cleaning solution. For heavily soiled walls, use a mixture of warm water, clear ammonia, white vinegar and Borax powder. This will provide a gentle yet powerful solution to tackle the most stubborn marks and stains.
Read also :
- Step by step decorating living room : How to prepare your walls , interior woodwork
- Guide to Concreting : building a retaining wall , pergola or patio, Footpaths , Slab Pouring , Extensions , Carport & Garage Floors , Formed Concrete Benchtops , Driveways, Pool Surrounds , Besser Block Walls
- How to Protect Your Furniture , Strip Wallpaper , Remove Artex , DRYWALL VS PLASTER
- How to Strip Paint , Paint a Ceiling and a Wall