Prevent Mold Growth Behind Wallpaper

A lot of home designing trends have talked about wallpaper's come-back; and it's not just for walls! There are a lot of chic design schemes that allow you to create a great focal point or add a textured look to spaces other than walls in your home.

The reason why wallpaper got such a bad rap is because of mold growth. The first important thing to understand about mold growth and wallpaper application is properly prepping the area before the installation. Secondly, if you've already discovered mold growth on a wall covered with wallpaper, do not remove the wallpaper without setting up proper containment. The last thing you want to do is exacerbate the problem by causing a substantial amount of spores to be released into the air. But, don't let this steer you away from trying some really trendy wallpaper design ideas!

The key to preventing your new wallpaper focal point from becoming affected by mold growth is prep work. Make sure to read these tips!

Prevent Mold Growth Behind your Wallpaper: Prep Work

  • Prime for Design: One-step primer/sealers have all but eliminated the need for wall sizing. A coat of acrylic primer provides a new, even surface on the wall which makes it easier to slide wallpaper into position. It also prevents the wall itself from absorbing moisture, which protects against mold growth.
  • Make-over: Existing walls need extra attention. Old paint can create problems based upon its original quality or how long it has been on the wall. If it's old, paint can become unbalanced and should be sealed with primer/sealer to insure a successful wallpaper installation.
  • Stay Smooth: Nail holes, chips, cracks and wall irregularities should be filled with a vinyl spackling compound before primer is applied. Use a wide knife to apply spackle directly from the can. Force the compound well into the hole and smooth the surface. When the compound dries, sand, smooth and seal the wall with a primer.
  • Last Step: Surfaces coated with flat (non-gloss) paint should be scraped (if old and flaking), sanded smooth and washed with an all-purpose cleaner. When dry, apply acrylic primer and hang wallpaper.
  • Just-in-Case!: Walls covered with high or semi-gloss paint should be sealed with an acrylic primer. In a room where mildew occurs, contact a mold specialist for a professional opinion before moving forward. It could be an on-going humidity problem that will trap moisture. If mold/moisture problems are not present, wipe down the walls lightly with a household cleaner, let dry, and apply primer.

Prevent Mold Growth Behind Wallpaper: Need some inspiration?

Check out these great ways to implement wallpaper as focal points, and add chic touches to your home's décor:

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