Painting can be relatively easily changed if you feel that your room needs updating, but a background image? Not as much. Wallcoverings are usually expensive, difficult to install and even harder to remove. Besides, they are not very easy to clean. Thanks to a new adhesive technology that changes the game, the wallpaper is easy to care for. Even the most upscale wallpapers, such as the drawer-print wallpaper designer Vern Yip, installed in the foyer of House Beautiful’s Whole Home. Yip, who has also designed the wallpaper for his line with Fabricut, is a big fan of technology.
This Luxe Wallpaper Is Incredibly Easy to Install, and It’s Actually Washable
“All of my wallcoverings, for example, are made using the so-called Sure Strip technology, which means they go up in one piece, fall down in one piece and do not damage your wall,” explains Yip. “It is very forgiving.” How does it work? According to York Wallcoverings, wallpapers are pre-glued with Sure Strip technology and made with “a unique high performance substrate and specialty adhesive.” It’s designed to be easy to set up and easier to dismantle if you want to make changes, and – good news for tenants! – You do not have to worry about your walls being destroyed. Similar to the installation of wallpaper, you should remove old wallpaper and base covers and switch plates (turn off the power in the room!). Make sure your walls are clean, dry and smooth and repair them as needed. York Wallcoverings points out that the wall you want to cover should have two coats (new or existing) or a wallcovering primer, or a combination of both, before you begin the process.
Once this is done, you want to measure the wall and mark it with a pencil. Cut off your first piece of wallpaper and leave four inches more length so that you have two centimeters at the top and two centimeters at the bottom once the wallpaper is up. Then you need to wet the adhesive side of the wallpaper with a spray bottle or a water bowl. Then leave the wallpaper to activate the adhesive (the process is referred to as “booking”) before applying it. From there, smooth the wallpaper with a sponge or a smoothing brush on the wall. Make sure that all areas are aligned and that no bubbles or wrinkles occur. Removal is even easier as you just spray on the wallpaper, wait a minute, release the top corners, and then slowly pull them down to the floor. It could not be easier, right? Best of all, unlike most traditional wallpapers, it can be easily wiped off, so you do not have to treat your house like a museum because you’re paranoid when it comes to spills or spills. Life is too short for that.