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How to hang wallpaper

How to hang wallpaper which is non-woven backed (including all our metallics) or vinyl backed (our custom vinyls).

Erica Wakerly wallpapers are fire rated for use in commercial and residential interiors:
• European fire standard EN 15102 (B s1 d0)
• British Standard 476 part 6-6 fire propagation test (1989)
• British Standard 476 part 7 (1997)
• Class '0'
• Class A (USA)

The traditional technique used to print Erica Wakerly wallpapers may result in slight irregularities in the print. This will not affect the overall finished effect. Erica Wakerly wallpapers are specialised products and it is recommended they are hung by an experienced hanger.

To minimise the hazard in the event of fire, DO NOT hang wallpapers over the expanded polystyrene veneers or any other such highly flammable products and ensure wallcoverings are always firmly stuck down.

1. Inspect Each roll

Before cutting and hanging the wallcovering, ensure that all rolls have the same batch reference, are in good condition, with no variation in shade, and that no other faults are present. Please ensure there are enough rolls to complete the job.

Do not assume that the wallcovering will come off the roll the correct way up. Check with the images on our website.

Examination before hanging is the buyer’s responsibility. No claim can be accepted after wallcoverings have been cut and hung, for defects which are apparent at the time of hanging.

2. Preparation

Walls should be clean dry and even. Remove any old wallpaper and loose paint. Roughen painted surfaces with sandpaper. Scrape powdery, flaky surface. Absorbent surfaces should be prepared with an oil based primer ensuring it dries completely. New plaster should be allowed to dry out completely.

Metallic effects can be damaged if high levels of alkaline are already present in the walls. Preparing the walls with an alkaline resistant primer should prevent any damage of this type.

For best results, we recommend that the walls are cross lined using a good quality lining paper. Sizing the lining paper will help with adhesion. Lining should be allowed to dry completely before hanging the wallcovering.

Dark coloured wallpapers may need their edges coloured with a crayon of a similar tone to avoid white edges showing.

3. Pasting and Hanging.

This is a ‘paste the wall’ product. The decorator should paste the wall and not the back of the wallcovering. A Premium Quality Tub adhesive, or an equivalent good quality, solvent free, fungicide protected, light grade adhesive should be used.

DO NOT USE SELF-MIX ADHESIVES. ALL PURPOSE AND HEAVY DUTY PASTES ARE NOT SUITABLE.

Paste should be evenly applied to the wall to hang 1 length at a time, to an area slightly wider than the width of the roll.

Butt joins and use a decorators brush to smooth down the wallpaper, working from the centre to the edges to express air bubbles.

Avoid squeezing paste out of joins and ensure paste does not get onto the brush or roller.

NO PASTE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH THE SURFACE, and hands should be kept clean and dry while handling the wallpaper.

PASTE WILL DAMAGE THE SURFACE. Erica Wakerly Ltd cannot accept responsibility for marks or damage caused by paste.

Should any paste have been allowed to come into contact with the surface, it should be lightly sponged whilst still moist, using a clean damp sponge.

Ensure wallpaper is firmly adhered as, in the event of fire, loose wallpapers can contribute to the hazard. After hanging 2 or 3 lengths, inspect the result to enure that no shading or other faults are present. The information is supplied in good faith. Site conditions are beyond our control. It is the responsibility of the buyer to ensure that the environment is suitable for the wallpaper.
How to hang wallpaper which is paper backed.

Erica Wakerly wallpapers are fire rated for use in commercial and residential interiors:
- European fire standard EN 15102 (B s1 d0)
- British Standard 476 part 6-6 fire propagation test (1989)
- British Standard 476 part 7 (1997)
- Class '0'

The traditional technique used to print Erica Wakerly wallpapers may result in slight irregularities in the print. This will not affect the overall finished effect.

Erica Wakerly wallpapers are specialised products and it is recommended they are hung by an experienced hanger.

To minimise the hazard in the event of fire, DO NOT hang wallpapers over the expanded polystyrene veneers or any other such highly flammable products and ensure wall-coverings are always firmly stuck down.

1. Inspect Each roll

Before cutting and hanging the wallcovering, ensure that all rolls have the same batch reference, are in good condition, with no variation in shade, and that no other faults are present. Please ensure there are enough rolls to complete the job.

Do not assume that the wallcovering will come off the roll the correct way up. Check with the images on our website.

Examination before hanging is the buyer’s responsibility. No claim can be accepted after wallcoverings have been cut and hung, for defects which are apparent at the time of hanging.

2. Preparation

Walls should be clean dry and even. Remove any old wallpaper and loose paint. Roughen painted surfaces with sandpaper. Scrape powdery, flaky surface. Absorbent surfaces should be prepared with an oil based primer ensuring it dries completely. New plaster should be allowed to dry out completely.

For best results, we recommend that the walls are cross lined using a good quality lining paper. Sizing the lining paper will help with adhesion. Lining should be allowed to dry completely before hanging the wallcoverings.

Dark coloured wallpapers may need their edges coloured with a crayon of a similar tone to avoid white edges showing.

3. Pasting and Hanging.

A Premium Quality Tub adhesive, or an equivalent good quality, solvent free, fungicide protected, light grade adhesive should be used. DO NOT USE SELF-MIX ADHESIVES. ALL PURPOSE AND HEAVY DUTY PASTES ARE NOT SUITABLE. Cut your lengths allowing for pattern matching and for final trimming top and bottom. The correct match should be established before cutting lengths. Apply an even coat of paste to the paper ensuring the edges are well covered, allow to soak for 4-5 minutes until the paper is supple. Do not oversoak. DO NOT paste more than one length at a time.

Use a plumb line (or spirit level and faint pencil line) to ensure the paper is vertical. Smooth the paper on to the wall using a paperhangers brush, from the centre of the length to the edge to expel air bubbles. After hanging 2-3 lengths check the wallpaper for any shading or printing faults.

No claims will be accepted for more than one roll and any claim is strictly limited to the replacement of faulty wallpaper. It is recommended that the wallpaper should be left to dry overnight before inspection (good ventilation and an even temperature will assist the wallpaper to dry evenly).

NO PASTE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH THE SURFACE, and hands should be kept clean and dry while handling the wallpaper.

PASTE WILL DAMAGE THE SURFACE. Erica Wakerly Ltd cannot accept responsibility for marks or damage caused by paste.

Should any paste have been allowed to come into contact with the surface, it should be lightly sponged whilst still moist, using a clean damp sponge.

Ensure wallpaper is firmly adhered as, in the event of fire, loose wallpapers can contribute to the hazard. After hanging 2 or 3 lengths, inspect the result to enure that no shading or other faults are present.

The information is supplied in good faith. Site conditions are beyond our control. It is the responsibility of the buyer to ensure that the environment is suitable for the wallpaper.