How to Repair Damaged Wallpaper

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How to Repair Damaged Wallpaper

Wallpaper, with its intricate patterns, is a popular form of wall design. Its patterns highlight a room’s theme, as well as its vibe, especially for the quarters of youngsters. The problem is, such an adornment, when damaged, makes a room look tacky or rundown. Replacing one is tedious and pricey, which leaves you with one good option – repair your damaged wallpaper.

Repair Options

Repairing your wallpaper requires some work, but everything is fairly easy. You just have to be resourceful and own the right equipment. There are several options for you to mend your room’s decorative layer.

  • Cut and Replace with Extra Wallpaper – bubbles and wrinkles
  • Photocopy Wallpaper – large tear
  • Wallpaper Adhesive – small tear

Each option, as you can see, has a specific use. Though, you can use any of the methods, depending on the availability of materials and your budget for repairs. Extra wallpaper is of course the best material for repairs, but it is a bit expensive.

Remove Bubbles and Wrinkles

Wrinkly and uneven portions mar a wallpaper’s stylishness. The embossed areas, interrupting the flow of patterns, are unsightly. You can remove these annoying details with a knife and some extra wallpaper. If you don’t have an extra sheet, you can photocopy your wallpaper onto durable paper.

What to Do:

  1. Cut a square or circle around the wrinkled region. Make sure its slightly larger than the problem area. You can use a putty knife if the wrinkled region is hard to remove.
  2. Check the patterns of the wallpaper.
  3. Get your extra wallpaper and cut out a piece that exactly fits the portion you removed from your wallpaper. Remember, the piece’s patterns should match the ones found on the portion you extracted.
  4. Put some wallpaper adhesive on the piece then paste it on the space used to be occupied by the portion you extracted.
  5. Push the patch’s edges, to reinforce the connection. Remove scattered adhesive on the wallpaper, if necessary.

If the extra piece you used doesn’t exactly match the extracted portion, you can use markers or coloring materials to mend the gaps. You can even continue the wallpaper pattern on the gap, if you’re artistically adept.

Large Tears

Some people, upon seeing a large tear, instantly remove the damaged wallpaper sheet and replace it with a new one. New wallpaper looks exquisite but its price might create a dent on your budget. To save some cash, you can photocopy a portion of your wallpaper and use it to fill the tear.

What to Do:

  1. Prepare an elegant and durable type of paper then prop it in the photocopier’s feeding tray.
  2. Extract a portion from the wallpaper. Make sure that it captures the damaged area’s pattern scheme.
  3. Run it through a photocopier. You should use elegant and durable paper for photocopying, so it will last long.
  4. Put wallpaper adhesive on the copy then paste it where the damaged area used to be situated.
  5. Press the copy’s edges with your fingers, so the connection will be secure.

If the tear on your wallpaper is too large for a sheet of paper to cover, you can settle for actual wallpaper. It may be expensive, but it is often built to last for years, making it a worthy investment.

Small Tear

Small tears are easy to repair. The simple ones can be fixed by simply applying wallpaper adhesive. You can also fill them with extra wallpaper, photocopied wallpaper, or printing some of the patterns found on the internet. In some cases, you don’t even need to follow your wallpaper’s pattern, if the filling blends with the entire design.

So as the saying goes, “you don’t need to sweat the small stuff.”

Damaged Wallpaper? No Sweat!

Some of the repair options may take a long time to finish, but you can always ask help from your family to make things faster. You can even seek the help of professionals if you’re in no mood to repair the wallpaper, yourself. The bottom line is, damaged wallpaper does not pose as a huge problem, with the amount of repair options available.

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