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Hirshfield's Wallpaper

Understanding Wallpaper:


How is it packaged and priced?

While wallcoverings are priced by the single roll they are normally packaged in double roll bolts. Some hand prints come in triple roll bolts. Multiple roll bolts provide more usable square footage than single rolls. Borders are packaged in 15 foot spools, however screen prints often are sold by the yard.

How much wall space will it cover?

There are two common widths of wallcovering. Both sizes cover about the same amount of wall space. The European/Metric roll is 20 1/2î wide x 33 feet long per double roll. (Total square footage is 56 square feet per double roll.)

The second is 27î wide x 27 feet long per double roll (or 60 square ft).

What are Run Numbers and Dye Lot Numbers?

Every wallpaper roll is assigned a run number or dye lot number when it is printed by the manufacturer. This number can be found along with the wallcovering pattern number on the information label included with each factory wrapped bolt. To ensure consistent color matching check that all dye lot numbers are the same on all rolls before purchasing or hanging.

NOTE: Your wallcovering pattern may be current for 2 years or more, however the dye lot you originally purchased may not. Colors from dye lot to dye lot are always close but not always a perfect match.

How durable are my wallcoverings?

Most wallcoverings are either washable or scrubbable. Washable wallcoverings can be cleaned occasionally using a sponge dampened with clean water. Wallpapers that have a protective vinyl coated finish are usually washable. Scrubbable wallcoverings can be washed repeatedly using soap and water. Solid vinyl and fabric backed wallcoverings are durable and scrubbable making them the ideal choice for kitchens, baths and high traffic areas.

Is my new wallcovering removable?

Today you will find most wallcoverings are pretty easy to remove provided the surface was prepared correctly and sized. Strippable is a term describing wallcovering that can be removed completely and easily from the wall. With peelable wallcoverings, the front decorative layer will strip away from the paper foundation layer. This paper backing can be easily removed using a liquid type remover.

TIP: Keep a permanent record of pattern & dye lot numbers by saving one or all of the manufacturer's information labels in case you need to purchase more wallcovering or border to finish your project.

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