STUDIO MOTIF CO. strongly recommends hiring a professional wallpaper installer for the best results. Find a local installer here.
We also recommend using wallpaper liner (available at home improvement stores) on uneven or textured walls to create a smooth surface before hanging.
Our digitally printed wallcoverings’ inks are durable, but need to be given special care especially while being installed. Please only use the recommended tools and adhesives. Furthermore, do not let adhesive stand on the printed face of the material for too long. Please try to wipe away excess adhesive ASAP with a soft, damp sponge.
Inspect every roll to ensure that all rolls are in good condition, with no variations in shade, and that no other faults are present. The company cannot accept liability for defects that are apparent at the time of hanging, nor can the company be responsible for any consequential loss. After hanging 2 or 3 lengths we strongly recommend that you carefully inspect the results.
For installation, we recommend the following:
Use a premixed clear medium to heavy weight
wallcovering adhesive, which is typically used for any vinyl Type I or Type II wallpaper, and is available at most home improvement stores.
- Foam smoothing brush
- Sharp blade
- Clean damp sponge
- Pasting brush
- Tape measure
- Drop cloths
- Bucket of Clean Water
1. Turn off electrical power and remove all switch plates and outlet covers, as well as picture hooks or any foreign objects.
2. It is best to remove old wallpaper before hanging new wallpaper, especially with vinyl wallpaper.
3. Make sure your walls are clean and free of dust.
4. Flat paint is best when it comes to wallpapering, if your walls are semi-gloss, lightly sand with a low-grit sandpaper and use Gardz High Performance Sealer.
5. Patch any holes with drywall joint compound (spackling).
Cover drywall, newly painted, and spackled walls with primer-sealer and let dry for 24 hours.
6. Occasionally measure the height of the wall where you are placing the wallpaper because heights around the room can vary.
1. Measure the left panel width. Beginning with your desired starting point on the wall, add the measurement of the left panel to this point. Mark this on the wall. From this point make a straight vertical line. This will be your level guide, as you adhere the rest of the wallpaper.
2. Ensuring that the first panel is straight will determine the overall success of your installation.
3. Lay panel flat (it may need to lay flat for an hour or two if the material is wavy). Lay panel backside up and evenly apply the adhesive with pasting brush to the back of the panel.
4. Book panel fold paste sides in toward center of the panel for about 5 minutes. Do not crease the folds.
5. Apply the panel to the wall, positioning the panel against the marked level line.
6. Using your damp sponge or foam smoothing brush, carefully and gently press the panel against the wall starting with the top half of the panel. Smooth all wrinkles and bubbles outward until gone. Do not stretch the mural while positioning, use light strokes and light pressure.
7. Apply the bottom half of the panel with the same technique and rinse away any extra adhesive with a clean, damp sponge.
8. Apply adhesive to the second panel following the same instructions.
9. Align panel #2 to panel #1. When matching panel #2 to panel #1, there will be a 1 inch overlap to allow for double cutting:
Double Cut Seam: Type of seam used in situations where it is necessary to overlap two strips of wall covering and yet avoid a raised ridge. A straightedge is placed at the center of the overlap and, with a razor knife or blade, a cut is made through both layers. The top cutoff section is removed and then the bottom cutoff portion is removed leaving a tightly butted seam).
10. When all panels have been adhered, trim ceiling and baseboard overage with the straightedge. Cut slowly and only with a sharp blade. Finally, go back and make all of the double cuts between panels.
11. Remove any additional paste on baseboards or molding with a clean, damp sponge.
Air the room! Remember never to shut up a room of newly-hung wallpaper, but leave to air and maintain a normal room temperature to ensure the wallpaper dries properly. The room and wall should be kept at a minimum of +64°F (+18 °C).
Care of wallpaper once installed:
The printed surface of the wallpaper is waterproof, and may be cleaned. Treat the wallpaper as an expensive throw pillow: spot clean with a diluted, mild soap. DO NOT use any cleaning agents with any solvents whatsoever.
Most commercially available pastes will work for the majority of wallpaper projects. However, some heavy grade wallpapers might require a stronger adhesive. We recommend a quality, fungicide protected, wheat based, ready mixed tub adhesive that's pH neutral and solvent free.
We recommend 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) of paste per standard roll of wallpaper, so if you place an order for 5 rolls of wallpaper a 5 kilo (11 pounds) tub paste would be required.
Wallpaper hangs best when walls are clean of debris and the surface is smooth. It is important to take the time to remove old wallpaper, fill in any cracks, and repair imperfections in the walls surface. This will help the wallpaper to lay flat and avoid potential problems with the paper adhering to the wall. If it is a painted wall, you will need to smooth out the walls with sandpaper. Once all repairs have been made and your walls are smooth, you will want to clean them up. Use a sponge and a little soap to remove dirt and grease. Rinse the wall with clean water and allow the wall to dry before proceeding. When walls are clean and smooth you are ready for the next step which depending on your project may include sizing, priming, or installing lining paper.
Primer is a protectant/sealer that prevents the paste from being absorbed into a wall and allows it to grip to slick surfaces. It is highly recommended that you prime a wall before hanging wallpaper because it creates an even surface for the wallpaper to adhere to as well as makes the wallpaper removal process much easier should you ever decide to update the wallpaper.
As long as the room is well ventilated and the walls are in good condition, wallpaper can normally be used in bathrooms. Avoid areas that are likely to come in direct contact with water. In order to help prevent against problems when using wallpapers in a high humidity areas, we recommend using our commercial wallpaper.
Small tears in your wallpaper are repairable! Wallpaper scraps can be used as a patch. Begin by removing any rough edges around the tear with a utility knife. Then cut a piece of wallpaper slightly bigger than the area you are trying to repair, make sure the pattern matches exactly, and cover the torn area with the patch. Use your knife to cut out a shape through the patch piece and the wallpaper underneath. The shape should be larger than the torn area. Now remove the underneath wallpaper that was cut out by your new shape. Apply paste to or activate the adhesive on the patch and fit it into the shape cut out of the wallpaper. Wipe away excess adhesive and smooth the wallpaper surface.
When a paper with a dark backgound is hung on a lighter wall, exposed seams may mean you are seeing the wall behind the paper, or seeing the white edge of the paper. If you have white seams visible, we recommend buying an acrylic paint that closely matches the base color at a local craft store and adding water to create a watercolor like medium. Using a small brush, apply this mixture carefully over the seam in 1-2 coats.
The information given here or any other technical advice, whether verbal or in writing or by way of trial – is for guidance only and is given in good faith but without warranty, since the skill of application and site conditions are beyond our control. These papers are specially made to order and therefore no goods are supplied on a sale or return basis.