Easy ways to repair your wallpaper

(Image: The Interior Library)

Is your wallpaper at home giving you trouble? Here are some common wallpaper problems and how to solve them.

Curled edges: Usually caused by humidity, heat and water damage.
In our tropical climate, this usually means wallpaper won’t last its 10-year lifespan.

The fix: Moisten the underside of the loose seam with warm water. Be careful not to saturate the paper.
Lift the edge and apply a small amount of adhesive to the back of the seam using a toothpick.
Smooth it out to a thin film. Flatten the seam gently with a wallpaper seam-roller and wipe away the excess glue.


Bubbles: Caused by air pockets trapped between the paper and the wall, or if there wasn’t enough adhesive upon application.

The fix: Using a sharp utility knife, cut a small slit along one side of the bubble. With a glue injector, squeeze adhesive under the bubble.
Massage the glue in with your fingers, pressing out excess glue through the slit. Wipe it off with a damp sponge.
Run a seam-roller gently over the area to flatten the bubble.

Tip: Crayon marks and food stains can be removed from non-washable wallpaper by gently rubbing them with an art gum eraser or bread crust kneaded into a ball.

Remove grease spots by dusting talcum powder onto the spot; leave it for a few minutes and brush away with a soft paintbrush. Repeat if you need to.