Flocked Wallpaper Installation Instructions

Updated February 21, 2017

Flocked wallpaper is a type of wallpaper with a synthetic layer or embossed surface attached to a backing paper that is stuck to the wall. Flocked wallpaper gives a wall a velvety look and is usually of a dark, rich colour. It is a difficult paper to hang because of the sensitivity of the design side of the paper.

Preparing the wall

It is essential that you prepare the wall before applying wallpaper. Make sure the walls are clean and free of bumps or surface anomalies. Clean the walls with detergent or ammonia. Goo Gone is an effective cleaner that will remove tough or sticky patches of dirt. Remove all electrical plates from the walls and remove any nails for pictures or other wall hangings. Apply a wall-covering primer to the wall before applying the wallpaper.


Use clear wallpaper adhesive to hang the wallpaper. Cut the wallpaper into single strips to be applied to the wall. Cover the back of the wallpaper with adhesive and use a straightedge to straighten the wallpaper. With flocked wallpaper, you must put the straightedge on the selvedge, the edge that is clear of design. Do not put your straightedge in the middle of the wallpaper or you may crease it. Use a smoothing brush to smooth down the seams but avoid letting flocking stick to the brush because it will spread onto other areas of the wallpaper.

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