Preparation Before Applying Your Wallpaper

Our wall mural wallpaper is crafted for application on nearly any clean, smooth, dry, and dust-free surface. However, our wallpaper peel and stick sheets are not suitable for textured or bumpy walls, walls with fresh paint, damp or cold surfaces, or walls finished with plaster, chalk, or lime-based paints.

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Additionally, they should not be applied to walls painted with “stain-resistant” or low VOC paints, as the wallpaper will not adhere properly.

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Preparing Your Walls

Before applying wallpaper, any sanded or textured drywall must be smoothed. This ensures strong adhesion and a flawless finish. Old wallpaper and loose paint flakes should also be removed. You can smooth your walls using a joint compound, wall primer, or fine-grit sandpaper. After smoothing, allow adequate drying time before starting your wallpaper installation.

It's crucial to patch any holes or cracks and sand and prime the surface to ensure the wallpaper sticks effectively.

Environmental Considerations

Avoid hanging wallpaper near heat sources like panel heaters, central heating units, and stoves. If your walls have been recently painted, please allow at least four weeks for the paint to dry completely—some paints may need up to five weeks. Applying removable wallpaper too soon after painting can damage the adhesive backing, preventing the wallpaper from adhering.

Testing with a Sample

Given the specific conditions of each space, we highly recommend ordering a sample of our wallpaper to test its adhesion, look, and overall compatibility with your environment. This step is especially beneficial if you're unsure about your wall's suitability.

Our wallpaper peel and stick adhesive is made to be removed without leaving residue for up to six months. However, the ease of removal can vary depending on the duration of application and the type of surface. If residue remains, it can usually be cleaned off with soapy water and vigorous scrubbing.

Managing Humidity and Temperature Effects

Wallpaper that peels off walls may be the result of living in a humid environment. The wallpaper may come off or fall off if there is too much moisture present because it will weaken the adhesive. Peeling and bubbling can also be caused by temperature changes causing the wallpaper to expand or contract.


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Final Thoughts

Even if your walls meet all the specified requirements, other environmental factors like extreme moisture, heat, dryness, or incompatible paint types might affect the performance of your wall mural wallpaper or wallpaper peel and stick. We cannot predict these variables, so trying a sample first is strongly advised to ensure compatibility with your specific setting.

By understanding and preparing for these factors, you can ensure a successful and enduring wallpaper installation.