Is your old wallpaper fading? Are your walls due for a change in scenery? If you'd like to replace your old wallpaper and get the best result whilst doing it, you should follow a few simple steps. Based on these short step-by-step instructions, you will see that DIY wallpapering is not as difficult as it looks!
Before you start wallpapering, the old wallpaper has to come down. This sounds like a complicated process at first, but it is easier than you might think. To start with, you will need wallpaper stripper. If you do not have wallpaper stripper from a specialist shop at hand, you can make the solvent yourself.
The crucial ingredient when removing wallpaper in the dissolving process is water, a major component of the solvent. Fats are known to dissolve surfactants, so it isn't a surprise that the addition of a surfactant-containing product such as detergent, shampoo or soap will enhance the effect. To obtain a suitable mixture of water and soap, you should use two litres of lukewarm water, 250 ml vinegar essence and 40 ml dishwashing detergent. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and spray it onto the wallpaper you want to remove. If the wallpaper does not absorb the water solution, you can use a nail roller to punch holes in some areas of the wallpaper. After about half an hour, you should be able to remove the wallpaper with a spatula.
If you have successfully removed the old wallpaper, the next step is to check the condition of the wall. If it is very sandy or absorbs water easily, you must prime it before wallpapering. Removing sandy particles and the holes in the wall beforehand is a necessary step. Finally, check laterally with the help of a construction spotlight whether the wall is even. Now you can apply a primer. This is available from specialist dealers or your local DIY stores. If you have plasterboards, remember to apply a solvent-free primer. You can also obtain this from a specialist dealer or DIY store.
Now the last preparations may begin before you apply the first sheet of wallpaper. Turn off the electricity in the room that is being wallpapered and remove all switch panels and sockets. Use a phase tester to make sure that the power supply is off to avoid accidents when wallpapering. Then you should select the appropriate tool and make the final preparations to be able to glue your first strip of wallpaper. First, you need a wallpapering spatula to cut the wallpaper with a cutter knife and to remove excess wallpaper. With a spirit level or a plumb bob, you will determine a straight vertical line for the first strip of wallpaper and mark it with a pencil. To apply the strips accurately, you should measure the length of the wall. Since you can only cut the wallpaper perfectly once it has been attached to the wall, you should allow for a 10 cm cut-off when cutting each strip.
The next step is to prepare the wallpaper by spreading it out on your wallpapering table. Now apply the paste continuously and evenly to the wallpaper with a tassel. A wallpaper pasting machine would be even better suited for this, as it allows you to apply the paste evenly from the first try. Then fold the wallpaper one third and two-thirds of the length. When the wallpaper has stuck together after about 15 minutes, you can start wallpapering.
Now it is time to put the wallpaper on the wall. First, two-thirds of the wallpaper is applied to the vertically marked wall with the wallpapering brush from the inside out, then the lower third. Use the wallpapering brush to apply the wallpaper from the inside outwards and the pressure roller to press the wallpaper firmly against the wall. A sponge will remove any superfluous paste residue. Afterwards, the overhangs, which are remains of the previously planned cut of 10 cm, should be removed with a cutter knife or with a triangular trimming edge. Cutting off the excess is much easier with the latter. We speak from experience! Make sure that you always wallpaper away from the window (i.e. away from where the light shines through the window) and, thus, away from the light source. This makes any overlaps in the seam area less visible.
You should choose the wallpaper that suits your purposes. For example, non-woven wallpapers have several advantages over paper wallpapers: The base material consists of cellulose and often also contains textile fibres. This makes it particularly hard-wearing, easy to work with and flame-retardant. The smallest cracks in the plaster base are therefore no problem. Non-woven wallpapers are placed on the wall with a special paste and do not need to be painted in advance. This paste is particularly easy to handle. It has a particularly high initial adhesion, which means that the fit of the non-woven wallpaper can still be corrected for a long time before it dries.
The non-woven wall covering also does not change in size: it neither expands nor shrinks. However, be aware that when using non-woven wallpaper, the wall must be primed white beforehand, as it shows through more than conventional wallpaper. Additionally, it makes the next change of wallpaper easier for you, because non-woven wallpaper can be removed more easily than other wallpapers. They can easily be stripped dry because they don’t need a wallpaper stripper. This is because the tensile strength of the non-woven fabric is higher than the adhesive effect of the adhesive substrate.
For wallpapering, you should have the right equipment on your side to bring you safely up to the ceiling of your rooms - no matter how high they may be. Hailo has made a name for itself in the ladder sector with professional products and competent services. As the inventors of the first aluminium household ladder, we have an innovative product range that offers the right solution for every requirement and every use.
Whether you’re dealing with old buildings and high ceilings or not, Hailo offers the right ladder for every location. The new L100 TopLine is a particularly suitable ladder for any job. The aluminium safety household ladder with a load capacity of up to 150 kgs means any desired working level can be reached safely and conveniently, and consumers can rely on it. Hailo is the first choice when it comes to buying a ladder*. The L100 TopLine combines safety, ease of use, excellent design and quality; made in Germany. Hailo highlights this high standard with a 25-year guarantee promise.
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A safe, stable stand is especially necessary when you are standing on top of a ladder. A slippery floor or a shaky stand can easily become a real safety risk when wallpapering. With the L100 TopLine, black steps in extra-large size with anti-slip ribbing and an extra deep base of 13 cm ensures a firm stand for all activities. Additional support is provided by the extendable safety handle, which you can also comfortably grip with one hand.
To guarantee a non-slip and secure stand on any floor, the basic equipment of the Allrounder includes the typical Hailo EasyClix basic feet, which can be changed at any time as required. The Living EasyClix exchangeable feet set, available as an accessory, protects sensitive floor coverings such as parquet flooring from scratches and is slip-proof. The plate-shaped EasyClix Garden feet are perfect for soft garden floors. With Hailo, there is a suitable ladder foot for every surface.
Standing at the top of the ladder and don't know where to put all the tools you need? Utensils such as nails, brushes, adhesive tape, paint cans or sponges are in good hands in the multifunctional storage tray. It also has two slots, two universal hooks, a bucket loop and a rod holder for attaching larger tools such as hammers, screwdrivers or window cleaner. Other quality features include parallel bars for more knee room above the platform and high-tech riveted bar step connections.
With these first-class product features and maximum added value, the L100 TopLine is one of Hailo's top products. Different versions, including a three and eight step model, are available. In the eight-step version, the maximum working height is approximately 3.72 metres.