Minor Wallpaper Repairs are Easy Minor Wallpaper Repairs are Easy

To re-paste wallpaper: Lift loose wallpaper carefully. It may be necessary to wet with water. Spread thin wallpaper paste underneath. Smooth down with a clean, damp cloth. Note: For newer plastic-coated papers, ask your wallpaper store for the correct paste.

To remove a blister in wallpaper: Cut across blister with a very sharp razor blade, cut along a line in the pattern. Lift edges carefully and spread thin wallpaper paste underneath. Smooth down with a clean, damp cloth.

To repair tears or holes: Tear a patch out of left over scrap. Torn, irregular edges show less than a smooth cut edge. Spread wallpaper paste on the back. (You may need special adhesives like those used on borders and overlays.) Position your patch to match pattern and smooth down over hole. Remove any excess paste from the surface, while it still is wet!


This article has been contributed in part by Michigan State University Extension.

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