Wallpaper repairs

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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 wallpaper store for correctpaste.

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 thin wallpaper paste on the back.
  • Position patch to match pattern and smooth down over hole.

This article was written by Anne Field, ExtensionSpecialist, Michigan State University Extension.

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