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Glue residues on the wallpaper can ruin a perfect finish if not removed in time. But even some time after the wallpapering has been done, small stains can appear and should be removed as soon as possible to avoid damaging the surface of the wallpaper.

To achieve this, it is important to be extremely careful, as the surface of the wallpaper could be damaged unintentionally. Patience is essential, as it is not always easy to remove glue residues from wallpaper, depending on the type of paper and wallpaper adhesive.


Removing glue residue on freshly applied wallpaper

A drop that falls on the surface or a small amount of adhesive that overflows over the edge. These are situations that can occur quite frequently. In these situations, speed is important. In most circumstances, a slightly damp cloth or sponge will be sufficient to remove the glue residue from the wallpaper.

It is important, however, not to rub hard. Even if the adhesive is still wet, it may take a little persistence to remove it completely from the surface. Constant circular movements will help to remove the glue residue from the wallpaper without causing any damage.

This procedure is harmless for moisture-resistant wallpapers such as vinyl or non-woven wallpapers. However, paper-based wallpapers are not waterproof, so wiping with a damp cloth can cause damage. In this case, the best way to remove excess glue or a wet stain is to lightly dab it with a very absorbent, lint-free paper or cloth.


Can dried glue residues be removed?

Generally speaking, it is possible, but it also depends on the type of paper. In some cases, it will take time and skill to remove the glue residue on the wallpaper so that the result is flawless: no stains and, in particular, no damage to the surface that is more noticeable than the residue you wanted to remove. In other cases, however, this may not be possible.

Generally speaking, the first thing to do to remove dried glue residue from wallpaper is to wet the stain with lukewarm water and wait for the adhesive to soften. Then simply wipe with a dry cloth or absorbent paper. If the residue does not disappear completely, the process can be repeated carefully.

It is important to use only clean water to remove glue residues from the wallpaper. The use of solvents or other chemicals can cause damage to the surface that cannot be repaired. The cloth used should also be replaced regularly to prevent the glue residues that have already been removed from spreading.

This procedure should also not be used on moisture-sensitive paper or when dispersion adhesives have been used. In such cases, there is no choice but to leave the stain and not try to remove the glue residue from the wallpaper, as this could damage the wallpaper.

The best advice is to always be very careful when wallpapering. If you use just the right amount of adhesive and spread it well, you can avoid it overflowing into the joints and the need to remove the glue residue from the wallpaper later on.


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