How to Fix Wallpaper Bubbles

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The wallpapering is finished, but suddenly you notice a bubble! Usually the bubbles are air filled, but sometimes a piece of plaster or other debris is the culprit. It only takes a short amount of time to fix it and get back to admiring a job well done.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Tweezers
  • Utility knife or razor blade
  • Glue-injecting syringe
  • Seam adhesive
  • Wallpaper paste

Fix Wallpaper Bubbles Less Than an Inch

  • Determine if the bubble is air or debris. Feel the area for lumps.

  • Wet your sponge with water to moisten the area of the bubble.

  • Cut the air bubble at its center using a utility knife or razor. Remove the particle causing the lump with tweezers if present.

  • Grab your glue-injecting syringe and place it behind the slit. A seam adhesive is recommended. Purchase the syringe and glue locally at any home center or hardware store.

  • Inject a small amount of wallpaper adhesive from the syringe. Move the syringe toward the top, bottom and each side squirting beyond the cut.

  • Take the damp sponge and press against the wallpaper to remove the bubble.

  • Wipe away any excess glue from the cut and let the paper dry.

Fix Wallpaper Bubbles Greater Than an Inch

  • Cut the letter X into the bubble with either a utility knife or razor then pull each section slightly away from the wall.

  • Take a small amount of wallpaper paste and carefully cover the undersides of each section made from the cut.

  • Firmly place the paper back on the wall to its original shape.

  • Lightly press a wet sponge across the paper to remove any remaining air and any excess paste. Let dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't apply too much pressure when cutting. It could tear the wallpaper or cut into the wall.

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