What is Wallpaper Booking?
Booking Pre-glued Wallpaper
• Fill a water tray 2/3 full with water at room temperature.
• Roll the cut strip from bottom to top, paste side out (you should not see the pattern).
• Submerge rolled strip into the water tray.
• Soak for the amount of time recommended in the manufacturer’s hanging instructions, usually 30 seconds*.
• Slowly lift and unroll the paper onto a work table, making sure the paste is completely wet.
• Gently fold both ends, paste side in, towards the center of the strip, without creasing the folds.
This is known as "booking"*. You should see the pattern.
• Let the strip rest for the amount of time recommended in the manufacturer’s hanging instructions, usually about 2-5 minutes.
For Fine Décor prepasted wallpaper, refer to packaging for exact soak times (usually between 5-10 seconds).
Fine Décor prepasted wallpaper does not require booking.
Booking Unpasted Wallpaper
If needed, mix the paste according to the manufacturer's instructions.
• Lay the strip of wallpaper or mural face down on a clean work surface.
• Brush paste on to the top half of the strip. Gently fold that section back to meet the middle.
• Brush paste on the remaining half of the strip. Fold the bottom end in to meet the middle.
• Allow the paper to rest in this "booked" position for 10 minutes.
10 MUST KNOW THINGS BEFORE YOU HANG WALLPAPER
Choose the Right Type of Wallpaper for Your Needs
Choosing the right type of wallpaper is a must.
There are many types and style to choose from.
Areas where there is moisture like kitchens and bathrooms Vinyl is the best. Places like bedrooms and hallways are better for non-woven paper and fabric wallpaper.
Here’s a few useful items you will need to give your wallpaper hanging project that professional look!
Paint stripper helps remove paint or glue from the surface. It comes in grades suited to various levels of stripping. To protect your skin and lungs from harmful chemicals, make sure you wear gloves and a mask when using paint stripper.
These work like a debris magnet for cleaning off surfaces. Before you paint or finish a surface, it is crucial that it be clean and free of debris.
Wire wheel brush
These attached to a drill and works well for removing rust. A handheld wire brush will do the job if you don’t have a power drill.
A wallpaper steamer
If you are removing existing wallpaper you will need a steamer. They release steam onto the wallpaper which melts the glue and allows you to peel the paper off the wall. They work much like a clothes iron, but without a hot plate.
A heat gun
These are much like a hair dryer, used to melt existing paint from the wall. You will hold the gun close to the surface, and the paint will start to bubble off. Use a paint scraper to remove the softened paint.
Make sure you do not use a heat gun if the paint is lead-based.