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With paste the wall wallpapers now widely available, it’s becoming easier than ever to hang your own wallpaper. But there are still some wallpaper problems that often crop up, the three most common being: bubbles in your wallpaper, lifting or peeling and marks and stains.

Luckily though, they’re all quick and easy to fix when you know how.


Bubbles are the most common wallpaper problem, and they form when air is trapped underneath your wallpaper. To avoid this, when hanging your wallpaper, smooth down the centre of each drop first, working your way out to the edges. This method pushes any trapped air out from under your paper.

But no matter how careful you are, bubbles can still appear. Frustrating, we know!

To learn how to get rid of bubbles in wallpaper, follow these steps for a quick fix.

Step 1. Use a razor blade to cut a small slit in the wallpaper along one side of the bubble.

Step 2. Push gently on the bubble to release the trapped air.

Step 3. Insert a small amount of wallpaper glue into the hole. It’s best to use a syringe or glue applicator, which you can pick up at most DIY stores.

Step 4. Smooth the wallpaper down, squeezing out any excess glue and wipe it down with a damp sponge before leaving it to dry.

Another common wallpaper problem. The seams or corners of your wallpaper can sometimes begin to lift if you squeeze too much adhesive out from under the paper when smoothing it onto the wall. This loss of adhesive can stop the edges from sticking properly.

But fixing wallpaper that is lifting or peeling is really easy; just follow these simple steps.

Step 1. Dip a small brush into your wallpaper adhesive and spread it onto the underside of the lifting seam or corner of wallpaper.

Step 2. Smooth the wallpaper down flat with a smoothing brush or roller.

Step 3. Use a damp sponge to wipe any excess adhesive from the surface of your wallpaper.

Good quality wallpaper is a durable decor option for your home, but it can still be susceptible to marks and stains.

Luckily, you can easily remove most marks and stains from your wallpaper.

Here’s how...

Step 1. Use a duster to remove any loose dust and dirt from the surface of your wallpaper.

Step 2. Make a quick cleaning solution of liquid soap and warm water. Dip a soft cloth into this solution, remove as much excess liquid as possible and then gently buff the mark or stain.

Step 3. Once the mark or stain has disappeared, wipe the wall down with a dry cloth.


Top tip - If the mark or stain is proving stubborn to remove, try a combination of baking soda and warm water instead.