Last month we were prompted by DIY SOS to discuss the No1 wallpapering tip (it’s ‘read the instructions’, by the way – and you can read more here).
But that got us thinking. Wallpaper isn’t the only decorating material that comes with instructions. So this month, we’re looking at wallpaper paste. Yes, wallpaper paste has instructions. You’ll find them on the back of the box. And on the back of the individual packs inside the box. If that’s come as a bit of a shock to you it may explain why your wallpaper keeps sliding off the wall, or has a lumpy, bumpy finish that suggests you’ve used porridge, not paste.
Before we dive into the pasting, though, take a moment to check you wallpaper instructions. Some wallpapers are ready-pasted; others need heavier applications of stronger paste. Here, though, is a general guide:
- To prepare your wallpaper paste you’ll need a sturdy bucket, a measuring jug and a stick for stirring. You’ll also need a paste brush to apply the paste to your wallpaper. You’ll find a good one here (or read our artticle on brushes we wrote back in April.)
- Pour the amount of cold water indicated by the instructions into your bucket.
- Using the stick, stir the water to get it moving. Gradually pour the amount of paste mix indicated by the instructions into the water, stirring all the while.
- Once the correct amount of paste mix is in the water continue to stir until all the paste mix is dissolved and free from lumps.
- Leave to stand. Check the pack for details of how long.
- Using the paste brush, apply a generous amount of paste to your paper ensuring you spread it evenly. Pay particular attention to the edges and corners.
- Once pasted, fold your paper loosely and leave the paste to soak in. Your wallpaper instructions will give you more information on this.
Then you’re ready to start wallpapering, safe in the knowledge that the paste won’t let you down.