For standard wallpaper, you need to paste the back and soak the strip for a while prior to hanging. There is however a new wallpaper quality for which you just apply the paste to the wall: it is called non-woven wallpaper, either a paper or vinyl which is laminated to a coat of compressed textile fibre substrate.
1) The advantages of non-woven wallpaper:
- This new technique is very much appreciated as it is easier and quicker to hang.
- Non-woven wallpaper is thicker than traditional wallpaper and therefore hides better uneven walls.
- Non-woven wallpaper does not require any soaking time and therefore will not slacken or shrink which means that the matching up and seams will be perfect.
- You can easily cut it round openings, sockets, on the ceiling or above the skirting boards.
- Non-woven wallpaper is more waterproof than traditional wallpaper and can be hanged in the wet rooms too.
- When you use a special paste for your non-woven wallpaper, you can easily remove it without damaging the wall.
- Thanks to its structure in layers, non-woven wallpaper is very strong and can be used in high traffic areas.
2) Hanging instructions for non-woven wallpaper:
- All surfaces should be dry and free from dust and grease (non-woven wallpaper will hide small cracks)
- Apply paste on the wall (a bit more than the roll width in order to have room for maneuver).
- Hang non-woven wallpaper by unwinding the roll from top to bottom (no need to cut a strip beforehand).
- Smooth out the air bubbles with a wallpaper brush or a spatula.
- Cut the bottom of the strip with a Stanley knife.
- Hang the following strips edge to edge or match-up if necessary.
Hanging non-woven wallpaper is easy and fast and the final result is great.