HOW TO REPAIR OPEN JOINTS AFTER WALLPAPERING A WALL?
After the wallpaper has been put up in your room, you can enjoy the spectacular effect it has on the room. It is possible that after the glue has dried the wallpaper loses some of its elasticity and the joints start to open and lift. This is quite normal and there is no need for alarm.
When open joints appear after wallpapering a wall, it is best to act as soon as possible as these are areas where cracks are likely to occur. It is also a place where dust and dirt can accumulate. If you let time go by, the wallpaper may warp and the joint may be more difficult to repair.
It is very useful to always have the tools for repairing open joints at hand. There is a special glue for these cases that you can buy in specialised establishments at very affordable prices. A small joint roller is also ideal, although a fibre cloth can also be useful.
As soon as you detect any raised joints, it is time to act. It will only take a few minutes and you will prevent further damage.
How to fix open joints after wallpapering
The procedure for repairing open joints after wallpapering is quite simple. The first thing to do is to take a look to check the situation. You have to look to see if it has only been lifted or if it has also been broken. It is interesting to see if there is any accumulation of dust to remove it so that it doesn't get trapped. You can use a small brush or a paintbrush.
Now that everything is ready, it's time to act. Open joint glue usually comes with a small brush to make it easier to apply. If this is not the case, use one you have at home to apply the adhesive. Avoid applying too much so that the excess doesn't stain the wallpaper nearby.
Now use the mini-roller to press the wallpaper to the wall. This is the really critical step and must be done very carefully. First you should roll from top to bottom and then outwards. This way you spread the adhesive and then roll off the excess. If any comes out you will need to remove it quickly with a damp cloth.
How to stop stubborn joints from lifting up
On many occasions you will find that open joints will lift up again due to the tension of the fibre of the paper itself. In this case, you will have to use the roller for a longer period of time until the fibre recovers its elasticity and regains its position. The joint glue takes about 5 minutes to work. During this time you will need to apply pressure to prevent it from lifting again.
After that, you should wait up to 24 hours for the glue to harden completely. During this time, make sure that nobody touches the area and that there are no draughts. The wallpaper needs to remain still so that the joints become invisible.
Other alternatives to glue are adhesive tapes and mastics which also achieve good results, but there is the possibility of a small unevenness. This option is perfect for the less skilled, although the finish is less professional.
To prevent the open joints from lifting, it is very important to spread the glue well around the edges of the strip during installation. It is important that the paper is not too tight as when the glue dries, the fibre tends to shrink and it is possible for the joints to wrinkle and lift.
Always take the time to roll the small roller across the joints to distribute the glue evenly across the joints. All the effort you put into installing the wallpaper will be saved after wallpapering. Joints are one of the most critical areas that you should always treat with care.
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