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Wallpaper Patches for Commercial Wall Covering – You Bet!

This past week, Painting in Partnership did wallpaper repair to vinyl wall covering on several floors of an office building in Chicago’s Western suburbs. Since the Dutch have a reputation for being a very thrifty people, this type of repair is often referred to as a “Dutchman”. It is commonly used in carpentry, masonry and other fields as well.

Before Wallpaper Patch

Before Wallpaper Patch

Commercial wall coverings are intended to be very durable and often come in a heavy vinyl. However, hallways have a tendency to take a lot of abuse and the wallpaper gets gauged, ripped or damaged in some other way. A commercial property manager is increasingly faced with the dilemma of replacing the wallpaper or repairing it.

After Wallpaper Patch

After Wallpaper Patch

In today’s economy, the wallpaper repair alternative is quite appealing and can save a considerable amount of money. With the proper tools and a good dose of craftsmanship, the result can be quite excellent. The first challenge is to locate as much leftover wallpaper as possible. Matching different dye lots can also be a challenge, as it was for our project.

The first step consists of cutting a square in the wall covering at least twice the size of the damaged area and removing it. The damaged wall is then patched, sanded and primed. We then open the edges of the wallpaper around the opening by one or two inches and apply paste to the back of the open edges. We then cut a larger square patch than the opening we have created, paste it and insert it behind the open edges of the opening. After smoothing both the patch and edges, the two layers of wall covering are then double-cut using a straight edge and a sharp blade. The excess wallpaper is then removed and the seams are rolled out. Voila!

In today’s economy, Painting in Partnership looks to use its craftsmanship skills in helping our commercial clients reduce their maintenance costs by using methods such as wallpaper repairs, while being eco-freindly.