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Here some DIY tips and information about wallpaper and wallpapering that a home handyman will find useful.
When buying wallpaper, try to ensure that the batch numbers for all the rolls are the same (the batch numbers are stamped on the wrapper). You need do this as you will find that the colours vary slightly between different batches. For this reason, always buy more wallpaper that you expect to use, as your batch number may be sold out by the time you return to the DIY store to buy more.
If air bubbles appear after you have hung a length of wallpaper, you probably have not allowed enough time for the wallpaper to soak before hanging it.
Use wallpaper with bold vertical stripes to make the walls of a room appear to be higher than they actually are. Horizontal stripes will make a room seem longer and lower.
In the UK the standard size for a roll of wallpaper is 10m by 530mm (33 feet by 21 inches). In other countries the sizes may be different.
To avoid lumps you should always add the wallpaper paste to water and not water to paste. Plus you should stir the water while you are adding the paste.
Walls and Ceilings
If you are going to cover the ceiling and the walls of a room with the same wallpaper, it is best to choose a wallpaper with a small pattern. This will help avoid problems with matching the pattern where the celing and walls meet.
Here is a selection of household cleaning and stain removal tips and information that you will find useful.
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Please be cautious when cleaning items or trying to remove stains. Before using a cleaner or stain remover always do a test on a small piece of fabric that won't be seen to check that it won't change the colour or damage the item.
Stain removers need to be handled with extreme care. Always read and take note of any instructions or warnings on the label. The chemicals used in stain removers are often poisonous and highly flammable so make sure that you keep them safely away from children and pets. Always ensure there is adequate ventilation when using stain removers as they often give off dangerous fumes. Don't smoke when using them. Be careful not to mix stain removers - if you try one stain remover and it does not work make sure that you have thoroughly rinsed it away before trying a different stain remover. It is best to wear rubber gloves when touching any cleaning or stain removing products to avoid damaging your skin.