Preventing Wallpaper Creases

wallpaper crease

You can spend time finding the perfect paper, more time preparing the walls impeccably, and then you see unsightly creases in your beautiful paper after installation. Ouch!

What Causes Wallpaper To Crease?

There are several factors which can cause creasing in wallpaper which are addressed below, but we believe the most common cause is when the paper sticks to the wall below the working line.

The Working Line

We like to refer to the level at which your hands are smoothing as the ‘working line’. Once wallpaper starts to adhere to the wall below this level you are going to have to deal with creases. This is because the paper sticking to the wall below the working line, will not stick to the wall in the correct place. It will always stick to the wall slightly higher than it should. So as you continue to smooth down towards this lower level, a ripple/crease is created in the paper.

It is very frustrating when you don’t notice immediately and continue smoothing, only to realize when you’re further down the wall that there is a ghastly crease higher up. You have no option but to pull the paper away from the wall, up to the level of the crease to brush it out.

person hanging wallpaper struggling with creases

How many have felt like a struggling contortionist in this situation, trying to hold the paper away from the wall with one hand, whilst trying to brush out the crease with the other. Many a choice word has likely filled the air when this happens, but the most common word used without doubt, is HELP!

Now!! You don’t have to hope that someone can come running to save the day, WallpaperBuddy™ has made wallpapering a one person task, as it prevents wallpaper sticking to the wall below the working line, significantly reducing instances of creases and bubbles.

WallpaperBuddy™ Makes Wallpapering Easy

person hanging wallpaper smoothing paper down to wall

No need for a second pair of hands to help, the WallpaperBuddy™ tool holds the paper away from the wall at an ideal angle for aligning and smoothing, and helps to reduce bubbles and creases. WallpaperBuddy’s telescopic design allows you to progress down the wall at a pace that is perfect for you, working with both hands free the entire time.

Inadequate Booking/Soaking Time

If your fabulous wallpaper requires the paper to be booked, it is important to do so for the recommended amount of time. The paper expands during the booking process, and if you hang the paper on the wall before the booking time has expired, the paper can continue to expand on the wall. You may not notice initially, but when it has dried you may find a crease.

Wall Surface

If the wall surface is poor or you are hanging your new wallpaper on top of existing wallpaper, these situations can sometimes cause problems. Uneven surfaces containing dents and elevations, can make it difficult to smooth out the new wallpaper. If the old wallpaper is paper-based it could start to expand when the new paper with paste is stuck to the surface. Should the paper begin to expand it can make it difficult for the new paper to dry evenly.

What Is the Best Technique For Smoothing Wallpaper?

Take your time to smooth down the wall in small sections, brushing from top to bottom, and from the middle of the paper out towards the edges. Using WallpaperBuddy™ will make the task easier and more efficient, resulting in less time to complete the transformation.

We hope you found this article helpful, and we would appreciate it if you would kindly share it with anyone else you think could benefit from it.


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