Fix #1: If you Still Have the Torn Piece
Very often when a piece of wall paper is torn from the wall, you can use the original torn piece to make the repair, even if the piece is wrinkled. The advantage to using the torn piece is that you already have the correct pattern match and you won’t need to cut a replacement piece of wallpaper. Even more important, if the wallpaper has faded, your replacement piece will have faded equally, so it won’t look darker or brighter than the surrounding wallpaper. This will make the fix less noticeable and this method can be used whether the piece of wallpaper is completely torn from the wall or if it’s ripped but still hanging on.
Carefully remove the torn section from the wall or gently pull it back if back if it is attached to the wall; smooth out any wrinkles. Use craft glue or white glue and a small craft brush to evenly spread the glue on the back of the paper; be sure to get an adequate amount of glue up the edges of the paper. Gently press the paper back into place so that it matches the original pattern and use a slightly damp sponge to press and smooth it into place; make sure that piece stays correctly aligned. Wipe away any excess glue that pushes out around the seam and rinse the sponge as needed. Once the glue has thoroughly dried, you may be hard pressed to find the flaw once again.
Fix #2: If you Don’t have the Torn Piece
If the torn piece of wallpaper is damaged beyond use, you will have to make the repair from a spare piece of wallpaper that was saved when the wallpaper was installed. The repair will be easier to make if you clean up the ragged edges of torn wallpaper.
Whenever possible, make the cuts in an area of the paper where the pattern is dense or try to follow the lines of the pattern; this will make the repair less conspicuous. Cut a piece of replacement wallpaper that is larger than the damaged section and position it on the wall so that the pattern is aligned. Once you have the replacement piece in place, use a sharp utility knife or wallpaper knife to cut through both the new piece and the torn piece of wallpaper simultaneously; this will ensure that the pattern will align perfectly. Use a knife or scraper to remove any bits of old wallpaper inside the cut area, and then spread an even layer of wallpaper glue on the replacement piece and press it into place. Use a damp sponge to wipe away excess glue and smooth out the paper. Then let it dry and take a deep breath – your damaged wallpaper looks good as new! END AKISMET -->
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