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How to Repair Torn Wallpaper

You can use a procedure known as the "torn-patch method" to repair tears in your wallpaper.

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  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Tear Out a Patch of Matching Wallpaper

First, smooth out the damaged wallpaper as much as possible.

Find a piece of wallpaper with a matching pattern, and tear out a patch so that the underlying paper doesn't show.

tear out patch of matching wallpaper

Step 2: Activate the Adhesive

Dampen the back of the wallpaper to activate the adhesive. If the wallpaper is not prepasted, apply a thin coat of wallpaper paste.

Step 3: Apply the Patch

Position the patch so that it matches the surrounding wallpaper pattern. Press the patch into place with a sponge.

press patch into place with sponge