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Learning From 22 Year Old Installations

September 2, 2014

In a past post, I mentioned revisiting homes where I had installed wallpaper as long as 22 years ago.

I am pleased to say that virtually all of these jobs were still in perfect condition.

When there is an issue, though, I like to understand just what happened, because once you understand what went wrong, you have the chance to take steps to prevent it in the future.

One home had a tiny little bit of curling where the wallpaper hit the top of the sink backsplash. I did that job before I learned a little trick … Nowadays, once I finish a job in a kitchen or bathroom, I always run a bead of clear caulk around any edge that will come in contact with water. That prevents any water that may puddle up on the ledge from wicking into the paper, which could cause curling over time.

In another home, the wallpaper was still in good shape, but there were a few seams that showed some minor curling. This is most common problem with solid vinyl papers, and is exactly the reason I try to steer people away from these papers. Yes, they are “water resistant” when water splashes on the surface, and yes, you can “scrub” them if a something splashes on them. But they are the MOST likely to curl at the seams, almost always due to humidity in the room. And where do you have humidity? In bathrooms! Manufacturers try to sell these solid vinyls as “bathroom papers,” but, at least down here in the Humid South, in my opinion, they are NOT suited. In fact, I am so passionate about this topic, that I give prospective clients a hand-out explaining my point of view.

Wallpaper Jobs Revisited, Two Decades Later

August 23, 2011

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve recently been called to do work in homes where I’ve done wallpaper years before. At one home, it was 17 years, measured by the age of their cat, who was a kitten when I did the original job. Another was about the same length of time, back to when they had the house built. And another was all the way back 22 years, remembered because it coincides with the time their grandson went off to college.

I’m always just itching to see how the wallpaper has held up over such a long time. And a little anxious, too, to be honest.

But in every home, the paper has been in virtually perfect condition. Seams nice and flat, no curling at the edges, color still nice and bright.

Now, how great is that??!

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