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Retouch your walls with a carpet

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By EDGAR R. BATTE

Posted  Wednesday, June 18   2014 at  01:00

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Are you tired of the look of your walls but feel that painting it will not be of any help? Try using a wall carpet

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For most people, when they think of a wall finishing, the first thing that comes to mind is paint.
However, while you can use paint, there are other options you can use to change the look of your walls and these are wall carpets.

Importance of wall carpets
Wall carpets make the room look attractive and provide a quick wall covering for unfinished concrete walls. They allow you to change the look of the room.
They come in handy in dampening external noise from being heard in a room whose walls are covered with these carpets.
You can use them to block out the cold and damp that tends to seep through concrete. Once you stick them onto to the walls, they make it look bright and chic.

Different wall carpet materials and designs available
Edmond Kamali, an interior designer at K –Investments in Bukoto, says wall carpets are different from floor carpets.
They are designed with beautiful bright prints (animal prints, floral prints among others) that are created using a series of uncut loops.
“The loops are created using weaving machinery.
These are the most used as wall covering since they are light, smooth and have fewer locks and therefore, attract less dust,” he explains.
He adds that they are made from a variety of materials which include; sisal, wool, nylon and polyester among others.
They normally come in a variety of bright colours and are durable.

How to clean them
To clean these carpets, you use a machine called a hoover steam vac carpet cleaner, or you can manually clean them using a clean rug or sponge mop immersed in washing detergent.

Fixing the carpet
Before sticking the carpet to the wall, you need to make some inspections.

“Make sure that you pull out all the light fixtures, curtains, electrical outlets and light switch plates, or other wall furnishings. Study the wall carefully, pulling any nails or other lumps,” Says Kamali.
Kamali adds that you need to block any dents or large holes with cement-based wall filler.

Sand smooth with the surrounding wall once the filler is completely dry. Cotinue sanding the rest of the wall to remove rough and uneven areas.
Wash the walls with a mixture of warm soapy water. Scrub it with soft-bristled brush to remove sanding dust and other debris that will interfere with the carpet glue’s bond.

Then, let the wall dry for at least 30 minutes to an hour.
Measure and cut the carpet to the length and height of the wall plus three or four inches extra in every direction. Place the carpet face down on top of a sheet of plywood to protect your floor surface while cutting the carpet.

Spread a thin, even layer of adhesive across the wall and starting at the top corner working across and down. Touch the wall in a couple of places to feel the stickiness after the time specified by the manufacturer.

Hold the carpet up to the wall. Position it as precisely as possible before pressing it to the wall at the top. Try to work down the wall from the center to the sides, stretching and pulling the carpet to smooth out wrinkles as you press it firmly into the adhesive.

rbatte@ug.nationmedia.com