Wednesday, 27 February 2013

My Wallpaper has Bubbled! Help!

We have had some quite warm and humid weather here over the past few weeks. As a result my newly glued wallpaper in my Victorian house has bubbled!

I am quite upset by this, and am not sure how to fix it. So I am writing this post to ask for help! Does anyone know how to fix bubbled wallpaper without having to replace it entirely?

Also, what glue do you use? I stuck the wall paper with a non-water based general purpose adhesive (brand named "Tarzan's Grip").

Any suggestions from more experienced small-house builders would be very much appreciated!


  1. I don't know anything about fixing your present problem. I would recommend using regular wallpaper paste in the future though, I have never had any problems with it. I buy the granular one that you mix with water, mix it in a big bottle and it literally lasts for years before you have to mix any more. I hope you find a solution for your bubbled paper.

  2. I, too, have no advice for fixing it. But, I agree you need a different glue in the future. I use YES! paste. Here is a post on it: I haven't tried regular wallpaper paste, but that sounds like an excellent idea as well.

  3. Hello! After reading your blog post, I went and googled how to repair wallpaper bubbles and there is good advice out there. Go and read it and then decide how you want to proceed. It will be a long and tedious process but I would give it a try if I were you. Your wallpaper is so gorgeous. I think it can be done. It's up to you. Next time, I suggest you use real wallpaper glue and you won't have this problem. I never heard of the glue you used and it does not have any water in it. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you.

  4. I'm afraid I can't help either, given the cause. We don't do warm and humid here so it's not something I've had to deal with!

    I use ordinary household wallpaper paste and I've not had any problems with it. It would really be a shame if you had to strip all that lovely paper off.

  5. I've never heard of your glue, but I have fixed bubbles in wallpaper in the dollshouse, using a syringe with wallpaper paste. They were only smaller bubbles (about 1cm max) and the rest was also done with wallpaper paste. I have no idea if this will work with a combination of glues.

    If the glue you have used can be softened, you could try steaming it off and starting again? I would also check whether your glue doesn't discolor over time. Knowing that might make the decision a lot easier.

    I think Lucille is right, google it!

    Good luck!

  6. Maybe blow drying it would help idk def do some research and no more of that glue!

  7. Hi Emily,

    Yes the weather has been humid, I can't wait for the heat to be over.....the last couple of days have been nice!

    Hmmmm, I don't know if I can be of much help either, I used wallpaper paste for my WP and it has been okay, I know both Simon form Miniature Enthusiast and John from Merriman park use spray adhesive so they may be of some help but they both live in cooler climates.

    I have had a look through your previous posts and I like.....especially the one with your I know who to look for at the miniature fairs.......; )

    ML Fi xx

  8. It is really annoying that such a good job has been ruined by the glue...
    I don't know your type of glue, so I'm not able to give advice to fix it.

    My personal experience comes from cartonnage (papercrafting, book covers, etc). Here I use vinyl glue.
    I apply this technique also in the decoration of my dollhouse. Therefore I only use diluted vinyl glue for my floors and wallpapers. If you are interested in this technique, I just published a post on my blog in which I explain how I proceed.

    When I have problems with bubbles, I use the iron at medium temperature. I pass is on the paper, without insisting too much otherwise it would burn it. The glue heats up and melts, pulling back the paper.

    I do not know whether this system could also work with your glue...

    I hope that your problem will be resolved easily!


  9. Hi everyone,

    Thank you so much for your helpful tips! I will definitely change the type of glue I use next time. I am weighing up options for fixing the paper. I think I will try the iron idea and be really careful! failing that though, I will have to change the paper. It will be a big job but a lesson well learned!

    thanks again for all your great comments and suggestions!

  10. Pass, but if its any consolation, I have seen old houses with wallpaper coming away like that.

    Unfortunately, I think the glue has got you in a corner here. Try steaming it maybe?