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    Bubbles and blisters on kitchen wallpaper

    Painters & Decorators

    There’s blisters and bubbles appearing on my kitchen’s wallpaper. What can be done about this? How can I know if it’s beyond repair? How can I avoid this happening again?

    Asked by lauren on 23rd Jul 2021
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    E & G Maintenance

    "Wallpaper bubbles occur when a weak bond between the wallpaper and wall causes the wallpaper to lift or when a glob of wallpaper paste wasn't smoothed out when the paper was hung. To fix an air-filled wallpaper bubble, you'll need a utility knife, a syringe, glue, a damp sponge, and a roller"

    Answered on 27th Jul 2021 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    Matt finish

    "If you have applied the paper properly paste ect the bubbles should go after a day or two may of needed to be brushed out more if they cannot be removed with a wallpaper brush or roller or a wall wiz due to the paper now being dry you may have to strip and replace that section 👍🏻"

    Answered on 27th Jul 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report
    PREMIER DECORATORS

    "Probably needs stripping off. Any new wallpaper needs a good soak once pasted."

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Oct 2015 - report
    Divine decorators

    "Hi. It seems like there is a problem with the way it was applied at the beginning where the adhesive has failed to bond on paper when 1st put up. Best bet is to strip and re paper making sure there is a adequate adhesion behind paper. Hope this helps."

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Jul 2021 - report
    TAG Housing Maintenance

    "Keep areas well ventilated and before you put wall paper on make sure the wall is dry"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Jul 2021 - report
    AA painting services

    "You usually would have to replace the paper if bubbles are appearing if there on a edge and you can peal it back you can reseal this with strong glue adhesive. Best way to avoid this happening again is to use a strong adhesive my advise would be to replace if the bubbles are in the centre of a paper"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Aug 2020 - report
    Robert Kennedy

    "Good afternoon, is the wallpaper where the blisters and bubbles are showing newly put up? Could be too much or too little adhesive, not bonding to the wall.
    What condition was the wall when papered?"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Jun 2021 - report
    D Tame Painting and Decorating

    "Make sure you let it soak, read the label with the wallpaper, it will tell you how long"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Jan 2018 - report
    Vladislavs Jarisevs

    "Hi Lauren,

    There can be a number of reasons, which can cause this to happen:
    1) uneven walls behind the wallpaper with holes and bumps. Yes, many people think that the wallpaper will cover any walls and they'll be looking perfect, but it isn't actually true - wallpapers can hide some imperfections, but in general, walls have to be prepped before.
    2) dirt under the wallpapers. Prepped walls and general tidiness is the key. If something sticks to the back of the wallpaper or the wall, you'll get a bump.
    3) adhesive. First and quite a common problem is incorrectly mixed wallpaper adhesive. It needs to be steered whilst adding small amounts of powder to mix it properly and avoid lumps to form. Second - is the excess of the adhesive when the wallpaper is on the wall. All the excess adhesive must be pushed out.

    I hope this helps!"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
    J&S handyman services

    "Bubbling is caused by trapped air behind the paper once its dried out sometimes a pin hole can get the air out blistering is caused by loose paper/paint behind the paper. When I professionally hang wallpaper I use a black plastic handled wallpaper hanger from b&q they're around £5 this squeezes the paste out and makes sure there's no air bubbles left behind. James from J&S services limited."

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
    Stickers decorators

    "You put the paper up too quickly, without letting it soak. It now has to be re-hung"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    S & A Brush Strokes LTD

    "The blistering will be from cooking and moisture from the kitchen like from washing up and such, it's best to not have wallpaper in kitchens or bathrooms, but it is entirely up to the customer if that's what they wanted but it can be caused from the heat off the cooker or moisture from the washing up and such..I would probably recommend striping the wallpaper and just painting the walls from stop it doing it again"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report
    A. L. SMITH

    "Hi, if there’s not too many it can be rectified by putting adhesive in a hypodermic needle and squeezing it behind the bubble and flatten out, if too many it will have to be done again. Cause is poor workmanship."

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Jan 2016 - report
    Russ Thomas

    "Hi Lauren what I do is I mix some paste, cut a small slit in the bubble and with a syringe squirt the paste inside making sure you fill the bubble then wipe with a damp cloth. Hope this helps"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    R F Decorators

    "This is caused by two different things the first is the wall hasn’t been prepared properly the second is the paste was not put on evenly and all paper covered"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
    kr painting&decorating

    "it sounds like you never let the paper soak before you put it up you can cut the bubbles and paste but may see the cut"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Feb 2019 - report
    Sullivan Maintenance

    "It’s usually a sign of damp behind the paper the paper will need to be stripped and the wall investigated"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Jun 2020 - report
    PTdecorator

    "All walls should be lined with lining paper so you have no bubbles"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
    Dlpainting

    "It might be because it’s still drying out and needs more time to Disperse u need to go side to side when pushy the air out of the paper never go up and down"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Jan 2018 - report
    Construction Industry

    "You probably didn't put an even amount of paste on the wallpaper that is what has caused the bubbling on the wallpaper most probably"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report

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