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Traditional Non-Woven Wallpaper Installation & Care

Is installing wallpaper difficult? Could I do it myself?

No it’s not too difficult and you can totally do it!! All Milton & King wallpaper is manufactured using a non-woven, paste-the-wall base, and finished/trimmed with a butt-join seam. This means that installing our wallpaper is a relatively simple process. You just require a good dose of patience and have a well prepared surface.

What wallpaper paste should I use?

We recommend using a strong all-purpose tub adhesive. Most commercially available pastes are of equal quality and for most applications will do the trick. You can pick these up from any good hardware store or wallpaper shop. We generally like to recommend a good tub adhesive like Roman Ultra Clear or Zinsser Sure grip. Only because we know they work.

What tools & supplies will I require for install?

You’ll need:

  • Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper paste (a quality fungicide protected, tub adhesive)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Paint roller, paint tray and paint brush (Mohair paint roller if possible)
  • Drop cloth
  • Sponge
  • Bucket of clean water
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Level or Plumb-bob
  • Craft knife (with ample blades)
  • Smoothing tool (brush or plastic)
  • Seam roller (if available)
How do I prepare my wall ready to be papered?

Preparing a wall for wallpaper is like laying good foundations for a beautiful home. It needs to be done methodically, and thoroughly. So find the perfectionist within you and follow these steps:

  • You want the wall as clean as possible, so remove all traces of dirt, old wallpaper, and flaking paint.
  • With a suitable filler, even out cracks and irregularities to achieve a satisfyingly smooth surface.
  • Once you’ve smoothed, filled, and sanded your wall, make sure all surfaces are clean and dry.
  • Remove electrical coverings.
Should I "prime" my wall first?

Primer acts as a protectant/sealer that prevents the paste from being absorbed into a unpainted wall and allows it to grip to slick surfaces. It is highly recommended that you prime a wall before hanging wallpaper because it creates an even surface for the wallpaper to adhere to as well as makes the wallpaper removal process much easier should you ever decide to update the wallpaper.

What is "sizing" and should I do it?

Sizing a wall refers to a coat of paste you apply to the wall prior to wallpapering. This process creates a uniform surface for the wallpaper to adhere. Although sizing is not always necessary, it has many benefits including easier wallpaper application, increased grip between the wallpaper and the wall, and easier wallpaper removal. It is especially recommended for wallpapering on plastered, repaired, or porous walls. Once your walls are clean and smooth you are ready to begin sizing.

Should I inspect my paper before starting?

Yes we recommend you do. Inspect every roll to ensure that all rolls are in good condition, with no variations in shade, and that no other faults are present. In the unlikely event that there is a manufacturing error with your product, it’s much easier to rectify the issue prior to installing it. The company cannot accept liability for defects that are apparent at the time of hanging, nor can the company be responsible for any consequential loss. After hanging 2 or 3 lengths we strongly recommend that you carefully inspect the results again.

How do I hang 'Paste-the-Wall' wallpapers?

After following the normal checks of batches, and drawing a plumb line follow these 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Paste the wall rather than the paper. This is the quickest, cleanest and easiest way to wallpaper as unlike conventional wallpaper you can paste the wall rather than the paper, meaning no soak time and no pasting table, cutting decorating time in half.

Step 2: Hang dry straight from the roll, because ‘Paste-the-wall’ products are dimensionally stable when wet there is no need to soak them. This means the product can be hung dry from the roll, with less mess.

Step 3: Trim for perfect finish. Because it is hung dry ‘Paste-the-wall’ is easier to trim either with a knife or by running the back of your scissors along the edge of the wallpaper. This will leave a visible crease on the front and back of the wallpaper, cut along this crease and brush back into place for a perfect finish. Plus: It is easy to remove. ‘Paste-the-wall’ is easy to remove when you fancy a change – simply lift a corner and peel upwards to remove.

How much quicker and easier is paste-the-wall to hang?

Most people find that papering straight from the roll cuts decorating time in half, plus, because the pasting table process is eliminated, it not only means you don’t need as much space but it’s a lot cleaner and less messy too.

How much of the wall should I paste?

Don’t paste the entire wall before starting to hang your wallpaper. Simply paste one drop at a time and work around the room methodically.

How do I install a wall mural?

Prepare your walls in the same manner you would if you were applying wallpaper. By filling and sanding any imperfections on your wall and clean the wall with detergent or sugar soap.

We find it much easier if you lay your complete mural out on the floor so you can see it in its entirety prior to installing. This is also a good time to check for any manufacturing faults.

Your mural is manufactured in panels. Each panel is marked with its order number. Measure 600mm out from your starting point and use a plumb like to draw a vertical line. This gives you a straight edge to line the right hand edge of your first panel. Starting with Panel 1, line the right hand edge up to your plump line; working from left to right. When you are happy with the position, smooth down and trim the excess top and bottom. Continue to cut and paste each section as you go.

Can I clean my wallpaper?

Yes our wallpapers are very cleanable. Dirt, dust and other marks can be simply cleaned using a damp cloth with soapy water. Make sure you do not get the wallpaper too wet. It is best to have a dry cloth with you to wipe up the excess solution. Finish this washing process by rinsing the wallpaper with a lightly dampened cloth or sponge with water alone. Then immediately dry the wallpaper with a terry-cloth towel. Stains caused by grease and oil, ball point pen, felt tip markers, crayons etc, may be removed using a solvent cleaner like methylated spirits or acetone. Note: Please use caution when using these cleaners as Milton & King accept no responsibility for any loss or damage that may occur from their use or during cleaning.

Is removing your wallpaper easy?

Yes it is! Paste-the-wall wallpapers are designed to be dimensionally stable when installing and dry strippable making for easy removal. They peel off easily when it’s time to change, so there’s no need for steaming or soaking. Simply lift a corner at the base of the wall and peel upwards!

How can I repair a small tear?

Small tears in your wallpaper are repairable! Wallpaper scraps can be used as a patch. Begin by removing any rough edges around the tear with a utility knife. Then cut a piece of wallpaper slightly bigger than the area you are trying to repair, make sure the pattern matches exactly, and cover the torn area with the patch. Use your knife to cut out a shape through the patch piece and the wallpaper underneath. The shape should be larger than the torn area. Now remove the underneath wallpaper that was cut out by your new shape. Apply paste to or activate the adhesive on the patch and fit it into the shape cut out of the wallpaper. Wipe away excess adhesive and smooth the wallpaper surface.

Is there any extra considerations when using wallpaper?

To get the best out of your wallpaper, please take the following points into consideration:

While our papers can be hung in bathrooms and kitchens, they are not suitable for high humidity areas. If planning to paper a humid room, please fully consider the general environment of the room and potential implications before you proceed.

Local conditions will differ from room to room depending on size, extraction, and general humidity, all of which give varying levels of condensation. As such, we cannot guarantee our papers’ suitability across all situations.

Please ensure sufficient ventilation; whilst our papers are wipe-able, they are not waterproof.

Air the room! Remember never to shut up a room of newly-hung wallpaper, but leave to air and maintain a normal room temperature to ensure the wallpaper dries properly. The room and wall should be kept at a minimum of +64°F (+18 °C).

Raised edges, blistering and gaps? These common problems are not due to the wallpaper, but rather to the amount of adhesive used, the surface and the method of wallpapering. Damaged materials are replaced with a defect-free version on production of an order. Milton & King is not responsible for painting and re-wallpapering costs or costs associated with loss of time or any other indirect damage.

Removable Wallpaper (Peel & Stick) Installation & Care

Our removable wallpaper is designed for those of us that are either renters, are impulse decorators or simply like the idea of changing the look and feel of their indoor environment without too much hassle. To help you get it just right, we’ve rustled up a few insider’s tips.

Closely check your Milton & King removable wallpaper. Although our products are created with the utmost care and precision, occasionally things don’t go quite as they should, so we recommend you check all rolls are undamaged & free from misprints. Check all colours match roll to roll and edge to edge. Check you have sufficient wallpaper to complete the installation.


What you’ll need.

You’ll need a ladder or something to stand on, a utility knife (snap for a new blade) a spirit-level or plumb bob, a straight edge, a pencil and if available a second pair of hands.


Wall preparation.

Preparing a wall for wallpaper is like laying good foundations for a beautiful home. It needs to be done methodically and thoroughly. So find the perfectionist within you and follow these steps:

Make sure your walls are clean and dust free. For best results, wash them down 24-48 hours before hanging the paper. Let them completely dry before attempting to hang the paper. Give the skirting boards a wipe too. It may also be a good idea to give the floor a quick sweep or vacuum. Remove any picture hooks, tacks or blue tack, and any switch plates. Finally make sure your hands are clean.

If recently painted, wait until the paint is absolutely dry. Making sure the paint is fully cured before you start your project. We recommend waiting 20 days between painting and hanging wallpaper.

Top Tip: If you have time, find an open space and lay out your wallpaper. Place heavy books on each end and leave for a couple of days; flattened wallpaper is easier to cut and hang.


Getting Started.

When installing wallpaper a good tip is to always work away from the main source of light and finish in the least conspicuous corner.

Firstly chop the header off your roll and use it to measure the panel width out from the corner (in the direction you are going) faintly marking the wall at the end with a pencil.

The next step is to create a plumb vertical line from that mark. Don’t expect your moulding or corners to be even, especially in older houses. So using the light mark you just created, draw a vertical line with a spirit level or plumb line.

From the top peel about 12 inches (30cm) of the backing away. This makes it easier to manage. Pull too much more, and the wallpaper will inevitably find a way to stick to itself.

Apply the front sheet to the top of the wall, allowing a bit of excess to overlap the ceiling. Align the right side of the length/panel to your mark & press to the smooth, clean, dry wall.

Once the top is secure, reach up and under the roll to grab the wallpaper backing. Slowly pull it down while you continue pressing the wallpaper onto the wall, smoothing as you go — especially the edges! (But don’t rub too hard or you may damage the print) Sometimes it helps to have one person doing the smoothing, and the second person pulling off the backing paper.

Top Tip: When smoothing, work from the centre outwards pushing any bubbles to the edge of the paper.

Placing the first panel is the trickiest so take your time. Smooth all bubbles and wrinkles out as you go. If the bubbles are too big, gently lift off your wallpaper and re-apply. Complete this process until you reach the bottom of your wall. Don’t worry about the excess – once your wall is complete you can cut this off using a sharp knife.

Our Wallpaper panels are designed to match up perfectly on both sides, so when you’re ready for your next drop, following the same simple adhesion process used for the first panel, peel off a little backing from the top and line it up with the edge of the last one you hung.

Top Tip: Removable wallpapers are reusable, so save the backing in case you need to store the paper for a future application.

For the best result, only adhere the top 4 inches (10cm’s) of the 2nd panel to the wall, then step down and, at eye level, check to ensure the design matches and that the seams butt up to each other. (No overlapping is required)

When you are happy with the position, simply continue to pull the backing away as per the initial panel. If not, make the adjustment at the top of the panel and try again. (This is where that second set of hands are really useful) Once you are happy with the position, and have lined up the design the length of the join – you can smooth it completely to the wall.

Top Tip: Try popping air bubbles with a safety pin, then smoothing them out. Also, running a fingernail carefully over a crease can help smooth it out it.

Only once all the panels are adhered and aligned can you trim off the excess wallpaper. Run your sharp Stanley knife blade along the top and bottom. Carefully trim around power points then replace the plates.

Top Tip: When you use a knife, lay something metal or a hard plastic behind the paper to protect the walls from getting scored. (Landlords may get a little grumpy if you don’t)


Cleaning

Milton & King Removable Wallpapers are washable using a mild soap that does not contain detergent. Rinse with clear clean water. Stains caused by grease and oil may not necessarily be removed. Do not use abrasives. Do not rub.

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