How to Repair Wallpaper That is Lifting


Don’t Worry it Can be Repaired

Are you looking to simply clean up the house a bit and fix some of the minor issues which add up to an over all shabby look? Or are you in the serious mode of trying to pull your house together ready for it to be sold in the aggressive New Zealand property market? Well making sure your wallpaper is looking good through minor repairs can help clean up the overall look without having the time or expense of stripping and painting (unless the wallpaper is stuck in the 70’s with Bee Gees then by all mean get stuck in).

Your wallpaper may begin to lift at the corners when it is exposed to liquid or as it simply begins to get older .  This unsightly problem can be easily repaired by using a special adhesive that can be found and purchased at your local hardware store. You could also use wallpaper glue or lap-and-seam adhesive.

Damp Issue Causing Lifting?

If the lifting of the wallppaer is due to a damp issue within the room. Then we actually recommend stripping the wallpaper, removing any mould and painting over it. In an ideal world you would also look at correct ventilation within your home.

Here are the guides on how to repair an unusual lifting wallpaper.

Checklist of What You Need:

  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Lifting Wallpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Wallpaper Seam Roller


  • Damp the sponge in a little bit of water and start by pulling back the peeling corner of the wallpaper. Make sure not to lift it further off the wall.
  • Moisten the back of the wallpaper with the dampened sponge.
  • Dip the paintbrush into the wallpaper glue. Make a thin spread onto the back of the wallpaper with the paintbrush.
  • Press the wallpaper against the wall from the point where the wallpaper is still attached to the wall and spreading out until you reach the edges.
  • Use a squeegee or a wallpaper seam roller to spread it out if the wallpaper bubbles up in an area.
  • Now, check and see if the wallpaper is stuck properly on the wall. Keep these methods in mind as you never know when the wallpaper will go lifting again.
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