Knowing the proper way to hang Schumacher fabric wallpaper is must, regardless of whether you’re the one who’s going to do the job or not. If it’s the former, you need to know to ensure you mount the wallcovering well. If it’s the latter, you need to know to ensure the person you hired knows what he/she is doing. Read on to find out the essentials of the hanging process.
Checking the Quality of Your Wallpaper
This is the first thing that you need to do when you get your Schumacher wallpaper(s). If you got them straight from the seller, inspect their quality before leaving the shop. Are they in excellent condition? Are they the right pattern and color? If you got a couple of rolls of the same kind, are they all exactly the same?
Do the same if you had your wallcoverings delivered to your doorstep. But, examine the packaging as well. Inspect each roll for rips, folds, and other damages that may have happened during transit. If there are any, contact your seller.
Considering the Type of Wallpaper
The material type of your Schumacher fabric wallpaper has an impact on the preparation and hanging process. Here’s how:
- If you’re going to hang flocked wallpapers, you need to pre-cover the relevant walls with lining paper. Apply paste only on a single panel at a time. Make sure not to get any paste on the flocked surfaces. Use soft bristle brushes for application. Finish with fine upward strokes to establish the naps consistently.
- If you’re going to hang metallic wallpapers, you need to add a generous tablespoon of borax to each quart of paste you use. It’ll protect your covering from discoloration.
- If you’re going to hang foil wallpapers, you need to mount lining paper on the relevant walls. You need to make sure they’re trimmed properly before installation.
Be careful not to crease or fold the material. Get rid of air bubbles as you hang the wallpaper. Don’t go overboard with the paste.
- If you’re going to hang textured or grass-cloth wallpapers, you need to make sure you have enough paste to ensure adhesion. Be careful not to go overboard with the paste though. Wipe off excess immediately with a damp cloth.
Preparing Your Walls for Covering
You can’t just slap your Schumacher wallpapers on to your walls. You need to prepare the surface accordingly. Consider the guide below.
- New drywall must be cleaned, dried, and given a single coat of sealer/primer. Tape and fill all the joints.
- New plaster walls must at least be 90-120 days old and bathed with an acidic solution. The latter will neutralize the surface’s alkaline-saturated areas. A single coat of wallpaper acrylic sealer/primer must also be applied.
- Previously wallpapered walls must be cleaned. No traces of the previous covering must be left behind.
- Previously painted walls must be cleaned. Surface imperfections (e.g., holes, cracks, roughness, etc.) must be fixed. They must also be soaked in ammonia or bleach; washed with a water solution; and given a coat of sealer/primer.
Tips for Hanging Your Wallpapers
Most of the steps are already covered in the “Considering the Type of Wallpaper” section of this article. So, instead, here are some tips to consider.
- Never assume that your walls are perfectly level. Use measuring and leveling tools to ensure the straightness of your application.
- Misaligned installation? Don’t force it. Gently pull off the covering, reposition, and reapply it.
- Use a sharp knife to trim off excess wallpaper. Using the scissors on the edges can be quite the challenge, especially in the corner parts.
Make sure the result meets your expectations. Follow this guide. Hang the wallpapers carefully or supervise the mounting process—if you’re not the one doing the job—to ensure everything goes well.