Peel and stick wallpaper is an easy way to update your space without a commitment, and it’s really having a moment. With this convenient decorating material, you get all the perks of wallpaper with minimal hassle. We’ve gathered all the answers to top questions about removable wallpaper so you’re primed to get started. Remember – each manufacturer is different, so be sure to carefully read any information that comes with your purchase to ensure the best experience.
What’s the difference between removable and regular wallpaper?
Wallpapering may seem like a fun DIY weekend project, and with removable wallpaper, that’s certainly a possibility. Self-adhesive wallpaper is peeled from a backing, applied to the wall, and can be easily removed and repositioned. If you want to try a new style without committing, look to temporary wallpaper for the best results and mess-free application.
Many people who choose traditional wallpaper requiring paste or adhesive tend to turn to professional installers, which can increase the cost of the project but guarantees a quality result. Removing regular wallpaper is also a time-consuming process that can require chemicals or stripping tools and result in damaging walls if not completed with care.
How does removable wallpaper work?
Temporary wallpaper uses a low-tack adhesive that adheres to smooth, flat surfaces with minimal damage and pulls away cleanly.
Does removable wallpaper damage walls or paint?
Self-adhesive wallpaper should not damage your surfaces as long as you follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Any leftover residue can easily be cleaned with soap and water or gentle adhesive remover.
Many companies include recommendations of ideal surfaces or paint types for applying temporary wallpaper – generally suggesting non-flat or matte finishes. Check the instructions to make sure your surfaces are compatible, otherwise they may be damaged upon removal. If you’re unsure how it will work on your surface, test a small piece in a discreet location before attempting a full application.
Peel and stick wallpaper can damage paint upon removal if a surface has recently been painted. Allow a freshly painted surface about four weeks to cure before applying wallpaper.
How do you hang removable wallpaper?
You want to ensure the paper is hung on a clean surface, so 24 to 48 hours in advance, wash the surface according to the instructions provided and allow it to dry completely before applying the temporary wallpaper.
Apply the paper carefully, and consider using a level, ruler, and plastic smoother for a crisp application along with a utility knife to trim around outlets and switches. Pay attention to notes regarding how your wallpaper’s pattern repeats to ensure it lines up cleanly and that you have enough supply to complete your project.
Measure carefully before cutting, peel back a few inches of backing at the top of the sheet, then apply to your surface, removing the backing and using the plastic smoother to get rid of bubbles and creases as you go.
Does removable wallpaper work on textured walls?
Peel and stick wallpaper is not recommended for textured walls or surfaces as it may tear, allow the texture to show through, or adhere improperly.
Can you use removable wallpaper in the bathroom?
Many temporary wallpapers can be used in the bathroom. Check with the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure the adhesive will work in areas with indirect moisture.
How long does removable wallpaper last?
If self-adhesive wallpaper is applied properly and left alone, it can last as long as you choose – remove it in a month for a new look, or keep it for years as a staple of your décor.
Can you reuse removable wallpaper?
Often, temporary wallpaper can be reused, but this can depend on how long it has been adhered to a surface, the temperatures it’s been exposed to over time, and the original condition of the surface to which it was applied.
If you take great care in removing the wallpaper and replacing it on the original backing from the initial installation, you may be able to rehang it somewhere else. Be careful not to stretch the paper while removing it, and keep in mind subsequent applications will have to be on smaller surfaces since some pieces may need to be discarded if they are cut to accommodate fixtures or angled spaces.
To learn more about wallpaper including patterns, materials, and more, check out our wallpaper buying guide.
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