What to do When Wall Stickers Won’t Stick

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There’s only one thing worse than not having wall stickers within your interior and it’s having wall stickers that won’t stick. Now, rest be assured that if you purchase  premium wall decals from The Decal Guru, you won’t have to worry about this problem. However, if you’ve already purchased wall decals elsewhere and now have them drooping off your interior, here’s what you can do.

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Determine the problem

The first thing you need to do when your wall stickers won’t stick is determine the cause. There are many reasons why your latest piece of interior is falling off the wall, many of which can be avoided if you purchase premium wall decals and follow the instructions precisely. However, since you’re here reading this post, it’s safe to assume that you’re already past those two points. So, here are some of the most common reasons wall stickers won’t stick.

  • The surface in which you’re sticking a decal on wasn’t thoroughly cleaned
  • The surface in which you’re sticking a decal on has residue on it
  • Your wall isn’t painted or is painted with low quality varieties
  • Your wall is textured
  • Your decal or the surface in which you’re sticking a decal on is too cold

Warm the decal and smooth down the areas that aren’t sticking

The vinyl on wall decals are like glue. So, it can easily harden and lose its stickiness. However, you can try to warm up the decal to melt some of the glue to restick it to your wall. So, grab a hair dryer and start blowing that bad boy on your wall sticker and push down to smooth it to the wall. Whatever you do, don’t remove the wall decals and then reapply. It just won’t work.

Use wallpaper paste to reapply drooping wall stickers

The whole point of wall decals is to not have to do all the hard work of painting or wallpapering.

But it’s already up there and drooping off the wall, so you need a solution. Grab some wallpaper paste and wallpaper your decals.

Use a hard ball to roll over textured walls

If the reason your wall decals aren’t sticking is the result of a textured wall, you can try to smooth out the bumps with a small, hard ball such as a tennis ball. Roll it over the surfaces and work it into the wall with hopes the crevices will form around the texture.

Use glue to add stickiness when wall decals won’t stick

While we never recommend using glue on your walls, this is an option if there are edges or pieces of your wall decals falling off. But your wall may become more damaged. So, be cautious with this tactic.

Rip it off completely and get premium wall decals that won’t fall off

Lastly, replace those wall stickers with quality ones. Fortunately, replacing them with  premium wall stickers from The Decal Guru means you won’t have to do an emergency search for “when wall decals won’t stick” ever again. Stick ‘em right the first time and you’ll never have to stick ‘em again.

While we’d like to believe these tips for wall decals that don’t stick are long-term solutions, they’re more like temporary fixes until you can replace them. So, save the hassle by shopping quality first. 

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