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Standard Installation of Residential Wallpapers

Important - If at any time during the installation a discrepancy is discovered, STOP. Contact your distributor or dealer to resolve before proceeding.

  1. Before cutting, examine goods to make sure pattern color is satisfactory and as ordered.
  2. Check all roll tickets to determine if more than one run or lot number of the same pattern is to be installed.
  3. Cut panels and headers in roll number sequence, making sure that run numbers are broken at INSIDE corners only. Wallpaper must be installed in reverse roll number sequence. Allow for matching of repeats and trimming at the ceiling and the baseboard.
  4. Number panels and headers as they are cut from the roll and apply to the wall in the same sequence. Be sure to cut in reverse roll number sequence.
  5. Install all wallpaper under adequate lighting and evaluate for color uniformity. When proper lighting conditions are not possible, duplicate the final lighting conditions as nearly as possible.
  6. Before starting to hang wallpaper, clear the work area, and make sure electrical outlets are off and remove wall fixtures.
  7. See manufacture's instructions for proper adhesive to use.
  8. Measure the wall length, add 4", then cut the wallpaper. It will overlap at the ceiling and the baseboard by approximately 2". Note: Be sure to allow for pattern match, either random, straight across or drop match.
  9. Selvage (excess trimmed edge) should be removed from the wall and seams closed within one hour.
  10. Create vertical plumb lines (see section in this Web site).
  11. Hang the first strip to the vertical line and allow overlap onto the ceiling and baseboard. Using a smoothing brush, broad knife or plastic smoother, remove any air bubbles and make sure all of the wallpaper has made good contact with the wall. Do not distort or stretch material while smoothing. Use a steam roller lightly or seams may fray. Make relief cuts (diagonal cuts in windows and doors) with scissors or a knife. Trim with a broad knife and razor knife at the ceiling, baseboard, around windows, etc.
  12. Proceed to second strip. If butting (for overlap and double cut), place the second strip to the edge of the first strip and smooth out firmly.
  13. Be certain to wash the ceiling and the baseboard to remove any paste reside. Protect the face of the wallpaper when cleaning. Seams should be vertical, have a tight fit and be free from air and paste bubbles.
  14. After three panels have been smoothed to the wall surface and excess paste removed, examine the installed panels for uniformity in color. Proceed in the same manner around the room. Geometric and other matching patterns may need additional selvage trimming to obtain color matches across seams. Any objectionable variations in color and/or pattern match must be immediately communicated to the manufacturer's representative for inspection before proceeding with the installation.
  15. Keep going! You've got it!
  16. Enjoy your beautiful room.

Special Tip: Take extra care and precaution to keep adhesives and dirt from getting on the wallpaper surface.

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