Minor Repairs to Wallpaper
- CSI Division:
- Division 9 - Finishes
- Wallpaper Coverings
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Minor Repairs to Wallpaper
- This procedure includes guidance on repairing peeling, blistered or torn wallpaper.
- See "General Project Guidelines" for general project guidelines to be reviewed along with this procedure. These guidelines cover the following sections:
- Safety Precautions
- Historic Structures Precautions
- Quality Assurance
- Delivery, Storage and Handling
- Project/Site Conditions
- Sequencing and Scheduling
- General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)
These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing this procedure and should be followed, when applicable, along with recommendations from the Regional Historic Preservation Officer (RHPO).
- Wallpaper Paste: Consult with sales associate in wallpaper store to determine the correct paste.
- Clean, potable water
- Clean, soft cloths
- Razor blade
3.01 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
- For Peeling Wallpaper:
- Carefully lift loose wallpaper. Wet with water if necessary.
- Apply a thin layer of wallpaper paste on the back.
- Press back into place by smoothing over the surface with a clean, damp cloth.
- For Blisters in Wallpaper:
- Using a sharp razor blade, make a cut across the blister. If there is a pattern, try to make the cut along a line or edge.
- Carefully lift edges of split blister and apply a thin later of wallpaper paste on the back.
- Press back in place by smoothing over the surface with a clean damp cloth.
- For Tears or Holes in Wallpaper:
- Using a scrap piece of wallpaper, tear out a wallpaper patch. Torn, irregular edges are desired, as they are less evident when put in place.
- Carefully apply a thin later of wallpaper paste on the back of the patch .
- Position patch to match wallpaper and press in place by smoothing over the surface with a clean damp cloth.