Despite you won't find this Safety Disclaimer at other wallpaper websites, this information applies for any removable peel and stick wallpaper (not only our brand), unless the manufacturer specifically recommends their product for textured walls.
HAZARD OF SUFFOCATION AND DEATH for babies and infants when a removable wallpaper is installed on a TEXTURED WALL inside the nursery.
Removable peel and stick wallpapers are NOT SAFE when installed on textured walls. After installation the wallpaper will appear to be adhered for days or weeks followed by a moderate to abrupt fall off the wall. A crib or bed in the trajectory of a falling wallpaper is a suffocation hazard.
Removable peel and stick wallpapers (Removable Peel & Stick, Canvas Peel & Stick, Polyester Fabric Peel & Stick) are COMPLETELY SAFE when used as per our specifications: on smooth painted walls, undamaged, with no cracking paint, dry paint, and without humidity exposure.
Our Long Term Peel and Stick will allow a secure installation over walls with irregular finishes and mild texture, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee adhesion over a heavily textured wall.
Removable peel and stick adhesive has a good structural resistance but a low grade of adhesion. While this feature allows you to remove with no structural damage and replace freely, it also needs a full contact surface to stay put. Also consider each panel of wallpaper can weigh up to 2 pounds, for a soft adhesive trying to hold two pounds vertically without a good grip will eventually fail .
When a wallpaper is not attached properly it won’t fall right away. It can take days or even weeks before the wallpaper starts coming off, and this is a dangerous situation with kids and babies around.
If you wish to still use a Removable wallpaper but your wall is textured you need to smooth the wall with joint compound first, let it dry, apply a layer of paint and also let it dry prior wallpapering.
Examples of textured walls you need to avoid:
A textured wall is any wall that is not perfectly and totally smooth and without imperfections. Decorative wall finishings with the presence of irregularities on the surface of the wall is considered texture.
Some textures are very easy to determine but others not, for example: a Sanded wall may look like a smooth, unfortunately that is the worst surface to install any peel and stick or traditional wallpaper. Do not install wallpapers on any of the surfaces listed below:
CASE STUDY WITH A REMOVABLE WALLPAPER:
Removable adhesive has a good structural resistance but a low grade of adhesion, “low-tack” as it is commonly referred. While this feature allows you to remove it with no structural damage and replace them freely, it also needs a full contact surface to stay put. Also consider each panel of wallpaper can weigh up to 2 pounds, for a low-tack adhesive trying to hold two pounds vertically without a good attachment will fall.
It was super cute and then…. it is not….
An idea of how little texture is necessary to ruin 8 hours of work and hundreds of dollars in supplies.
The wall looks like smooth from a distance but when you zoom you can see the orange peel texture.