Flaw of the Day – Water Stains, Mold, Mildew !!

Water and mildew stains along the edges of several bolts of Astek LG31504, run 4

Mildew is a live organism that can grow on walls and wallpaper, especially in damp bathrooms.

Got the room all prepped, dragged in all my tools, work table, 50lb bucket of paste, got all set up, started unrolling the paper – and found nasty stains along one edge of EVERY roll of paper. Water stains, mold, and mildew, as if the warehouse floor had gotten wet and water seeped into the rolls of wallpaper.

Water stains will come through onto the surface of the paper (water stains on walls bleed through, too, so they must be sealed with KILZ or similar). Mildew is extremely bad, too, as it is a living organism and can become activiated once in contact with moisture, and can continue to grow on the wallpaper. This particular bathroom had a problem with mildew to begin with; installing wallpaper with the potential for growing more mildew is a recipe for disaster.

Needless to say, after checking several rolls and determining there was not enough useable paper to do the room, I halted the installation, sent the paper back to the store (my favorite seller, Dorota at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet), and she is working with the company (Astek) to replace the paper.

We asked that they hand-check the replacement rolls…but either they did not do this, or they don’t have the careful eye that I do, but either way, the replacement paper was also stained and had to be sent back.

Now the poor family is stuck waiting for more replacement paper, with a partially-done bathroom suite, and no word from the manufacturer as to when the new paper will arrive.

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