Why is my peel and stick wallpaper falling off?

This blog post is dedicated to one of the main issues of all peel and stick wallpaper buyers: "why is my peel and stick wallpaper falling off for no specific reason?"

As you already aware removable peel and stick wallpaper doesn't with any kind of textured, uncured or damaged walls. And this issue is very easy to identify. But what can cause your self adhesive wallpaper to detach over time, if the walls are smooth to touch, you let the paint to dry out for at least 8 weeks, and everything seems to be just perfect?...

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Here are some of the additional reasons that would cause peel and stick wallpaper to come off from your wall or it would start bubbling up first, and eventually collapse:

1) Not smoothing your wallpaper - when installing peel and stick wallpaper it is crucial to firmly press on each panel to properly smooth the vinyl. Otherwise you might witness a lift of the wall. 

2) Dirty Walls - Walls are huge collectors of dust, especially during remodeling process around your house. If you failed to properly clean the walls before installation and apply wall panels on top of a dusty surface, those micro particles will damage the adhesive and wallpaper will start peeling off pretty soon.

3) Recently Painted Walls - we recommend at least 6-8 weeks for the paint to dry off, before applying peel and stick wallpaper to the painted wall. Even low VOC paints keep emitting low grade fumes for weeks after, paint looks dry but it’s not! If you install wallpaper those fumes have nowhere to go, will generate massive bubbles on your wallpaper, the fumes also damage permanently the adhesive on your wallpaper. 

4) Low or Zero VOC paints - low VOC paints are eco-friendly and we love them for this reason, but unfortunately they are becoming a challenge for wallpaper installations as they cause in many cases the wallpaper to fall off. The best way to make sure the wallpaper will stick is to get a sample and test it. A simple solution for the problem is to clean the wall (recommended 2-3 times) with a mixture of 70% isopropyl alcohol and 30% water, let dry completely, test the adhesion with a sample and afterwards proceed with the wallpaper installation. Some brands that offer low or no VOC (volatile organic compounds) are: EcoPaints, Rust-Oleum, Valspar, Safe Ecoat, Benjamin Moore and Behr.

5) Cracked Paint and Damaged Walls - our wallpaper is intended to protect the wall not to repair it. Please ensure your walls are in good condition prior to installing wallpapers.

6) Drastic Temperature Changes - high temperature fluctuations could be very harmful for the wallpaper. Do not install your wallpaper in areas without thermostat or next to a heater.