Problem: Wallpaper loosens at
edges, becomes ripped, or creates bubbles.
Background: Even newer wall coverings, though much
improved, can become damaged. Blisters in wallpaper can be
fixed by lancing the wall paper with a razor blade or a
craft knife to let the air out, then putting glue behind
the loose paper and smoothening it with a wet sponge.
Loose edges can simply be reglued with wallpaper adhesive.
Rips and tears, however, require more work but can be
repaired if the damaged area is not too large and you have
What to do: With ripped or torn wallpaper, you can
often create an almost invisible patch. Find a section of
extra wallpaper larger than the damaged area, and tape it
over the damaged area, matching the pat tern. Using a
razor blade, craft knife, or utility knife, cut straight
lines (in the shape of a square, rectangle, tri angle)
through both the new patch paper and the wallpaper on the
wall. Next remove the top patch paper, as well as the
paper on the wall, within the cut area. Coat the back of
the patch with wallpaper adhesive, and fit it into the
hole. Smoothen and wipe the patch with a damp sponge.
Special advice: If a bubble is next to an edge, you
may be able to get rid of it by lifting the edge with a
knife. Another way to flatten bubbles is to inject glue
behind the bubbled paper with a needle-type injector which
resembles a hypodermic needle. If wallpaper that isn’t
washable be comes smudged, check a local wall paper store
for special wallpaper dough or gum erasers to clean it
Helpful hint: Often
extra leftover wallpaper, after a few years, will look
newer and brighter than wall paper on the wall. To age
patch material (so it will match), keep it exposed to
similar conditions in an out-of-the-way place.