Quiz: Do you know how to properly hang wallpaper?

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Are you wanting to cover your walls with new wallpaper but simply don't know how? Wallpapering is not solely for professionals. Take this quiz to learn the ups and downs of hanging wallpaper.

Why should you remove old wallpaper before putting up new wallpaper?

It's worth the effort of removing your old wallpaper, especially if you want your new wallpaper to stay firmly in place. New wallpaper adheres better to completely stripped down surfaces.


What should you do if you decide to put new wallpaper over old wallpaper?

In some instances, you may prefer to simply put up new wallpaper over old wallpaper. If this is the case, make sure to create as smooth a surface as possible by sanding the old wallpaper and removing any loose pieces.


What should you do before putting up wallpaper over vinyl wall coverings?

Before you put up new wallpaper over a vinyl wall covering, sand down the wall with coarse sandpaper. Afterward, vacuum the wall to remove any sand dust.


How do you remove strippable wallpaper?

If you have strippable wallpaper, you're in luck. You should be able to rip off nice, clean strips of the wallpaper with relative ease.


What is the best method for pulling off strippable wallpaper?

While removing strippable wallpaper, make sure to keep the wallpaper close to you, pulling it down the surface of the wall. Otherwise, you risk tearing the wallpaper.


What type of wall is not conducive to soaking and steaming non-strippable wallpaper?

Don't soak and steam drywall to remove non-strippable wallpaper. Soaking and steaming drywall can add moisture, compromising the integrity of the wall.


Why do you need to make slits in the wallpaper before soaking non-strippable wallpaper?

Creating slits in the wallpaper allows the soapy water or liquid paper remover to get behind the wallpaper and soften the wallpaper adhesive.


How do you use an electrical wallpaper steamer for removing wallpaper?

Hold a steamer over one section of wallpaper until you notice the wallpaper darken with moisture around the edges.


How much wallpaper is included in a typical wallpaper roll?

There is 36 square feet (3.3 square meters) in a typical wallpaper roll, but estimate that you'll only get about 30 square feet (2.8 square meters) of useable wallpaper when you consider waste and trimming.


How do you determine how much wallpaper you need for a room?

To determine how much wallpaper you need, you need to know the total square footage of all the walls of your room. Then, divide the total square footage by 27 if your ceiling height is 8 feet (2.4 meters) or less or 23 if the ceiling height is 9 or 10 feet (2.7 or 3 meters). The final number is how many single rolls of wallpaper you need.


What area of the room should you wallpaper last?

If you start wallpapering first in the corners, it will leave noticeable bumps, and the wallpaper pattern may become out of alignment.


What should you do before you put up wallpaper in a corner?

Before you put up wallpaper in a corner, you must first measure the distance between the last piece of hanged wallpaper and the corner. Add half an inch to this measurement, and this will determine how big a piece you need to cut for this spot.


What is an essential tool for wallpapering around windows, doors, switches and outlets?

Wallpapering around windows, doors, switches and outlets is not as hard as you may think. Your trusty tool for this task is a very sharp utility knife.


How do you wallpaper around a door frame?

For a smooth and professional look its best to overlap the wallpaper over the door frame. Next, cut off the excess wallpaper with your sharp utility knife, trying to get into the crease as much as possible.


For large obstacles, what should be your first wallpaper cut?

When you have large obstacles such as a door frame to wallpaper around, always do the longest cut first. For a door frame, make the vertical cut before you make the horizontal cut.


Why should you turn off your electricity while wallpapering?

When wallpapering around electrical outlets, it's best to turn off your electricity for the room. Wallpaper paste conducts electricity. Better safe than sorry!


What causes wallpaper blisters to form?

Blisters can occur minutes, days, weeks or even years after wallpaper installation. Blisters occur when there is excess wallpaper adhesive or from trapped air underneath the wallpaper.


How can you prevent wallpaper blisters?

Prevent wallpaper blisters by using only the recommended amount of adhesive and smoothing out your wallpaper immediately after you put it up.


What is an advantage of using a vinyl wall covering?

Vinyl wall coverings are much thicker than traditional wallpaper. For this reason, vinyl does a much better job of hiding wall imperfections.


What type of fabric should you buy if you want to use it as a wall covering?

Paper-backed fabric is preferable as a wall covering because it's much easier to hang than unbacked fabric.


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