DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HANG KIT MILES WALLCOVERINGS WITHOUT READING THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS. ALL KIT MILES WALLPAPERS REQUIRE EXPERT INSTALLATION. THE COMPANY DECLINES ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROBLEMS ARISING WHEN THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT FOLLOWED. BEFORE INSTALLATION THE WALLPAPER MUST BE CHECKED TO ENSURE IT MEETS THE CLIENT’S REQUIREMENTS & EXPECTATIONS.
Thank you for choosing a Kit Miles wallpaper for your project. We have compiled a list of helpful guidelines to assist your decorator in the process of installing a Kit Miles wallcovering.
The following instructions should be supplied with all Kit Miles wallpapers to your contractor/decorator. Please note that we advise the use of a professional decorator to install all of Kit Miles products.
Walls should be dry, clean and even. Remove any old wallpaper and loose paint. Roughen a painted surfaces using sandpaper. For best results we recommend that walls are cross lined using a good quality lining paper. Sizing the lining paper will aid adhesion and the lining should be allowed to dry out completely before hanging the wallcovering.
Pasting and Hanging.
- This is a paste the wall product. The decorator should paste the wall and not the back of the wallcovering.
- A good quality solvent free, fungicide protected ready mixed ‘tub’ adhesive specifically for paste the wall non-woven papers should be used.
- Paste should be evenly applied to the wall to hang one length at a time, to an area slightly wider than the paper.
- Butt joints (where applicable i.e. on 70cm and 52cm width wallpapers) and use a decorator’s brush to smooth down the wallcovering, working from the centre to the edges to express air bubbles.
- Avoid squeezing paste out of the joints and ensure paste does not get into the brush or roller.
- No paste should be allowed to come into contact with the surface and hands should be kept clean and dry whilst hanging the wallcovering.
- Paste will damage the surface, Kit Miles Ltd dose not accept responsibility from marks or damage caused by paste.
- Should any paste have been allowed to come into contact with the surface, it should be lightly sponged whilst still moist using a clean damp sponge.
- Super wide wallpapers are delivered from us untrimmed and require an overlap and splice joint where the paper is cut on the edge in the process of hanging to ensure a seamless joint. We print a few millimetres more edge to edge of the design also known as a ‘bleed’ to allow a small margin and to create a seamless join when cutting on the wall.
Getting it straight. Few walls are truly square or perfectly vertical. To overcome this and avoid your pattern going askew, mark a vertical pencil line against a plumb line or long spirit level adjacent to where the first length is to hang. (You can make your own plumb line with a weight attached to a thin string). Allow the plumb to swing freely until it is at rest before putting a pencil mark down the wall behind the string. Repeat the process on every wall. Use a roll of paper to mark the wall one width away from the corner – less 13mm (1/2”) for an overlap onto the return wall – or chosen starting point. Using a plumb line, lightly pencil some guide marks from ceiling to skirting. Measure your first length, allowing an extra 50mm (2”) at the top and bottom and cut on the table. For best results, ensure the whole pattern appears in full at the top of the wall.
Grasscloth and natural texture wallcoverings.
This is a paste the wall, non-woven backed product. The decorator should paste the wall and not the back of the wallcovering as above. Dampen the back of the wallcovering with clean water using a sponge or water sprayer.
Fold the paper ends to the centre (booking) and allow to soak for about 4 minutes for the paper to become supple. DO NOT OVER SOAK. Do not work more than one length at a time. Use a plumb line when hanging the first length and smooth the paper to the wall using a paper hangers brush from the centre of the length to the edge to expel air bubbles.
Do not allow paste onto the surface.
After hanging 3 or 4 lengths, inspect the result to ensure no shading or other faults are present. If sufficient paste has been applied to the edges there should be no need to use a seam roller to smooth down edges if this is necessary, only a felt roller should be used. Trim excess top and bottom with a metal edge and sharp blade. Use a new blade for each cut. Good ventilation and an even temperature will assist in the even drying of wallpaper.
Suitability in areas of moisture.
Whilst our wallpapers are suited to most environments, applications in bathrooms and kitchens may influence your choice of base paper. we recommend our vinyl’s and coated papers for such situations. Another option is to apply a wallpaper varnish such as POLYVINE decorators varnish. It is important to test before application as it may affect colours.