Where do I start with vinyl?
Tips and tricks!
It's very evident that our amazing customers have some very detailed and varied plans for their homes, and it's been wonderful to see what you've all come up with!
We do get -lots- of questions about where our vinyl is suitable for, what surfaces does it cover and how to apply it. We'll cover all that and more in our how-to guide below.
- Measuring Up & Order Sizes
- Suitability in your home
- How to apply your vinyl
- How to remove your vinyl
1. Measuring Up & Order Sizes
Measuring. You need to spend a good amount of time measuring what you want to cover. It sounds silly, but we've seen a few people underestimate their measurements and come up a bit short.
Note: Like any printed product, batches are very important. We cannot guarantee that orders printed at different times will match with a previous purchase.
Designs. All of our designs are completely seamless, so you can match panels of vinyl together quickly and easily.
Samples. One thing that we definitely cannot recommend enough, is to order a sample. Our customers plan amazing things and we want to make sure that it's perfect. Colours can look a little different on screen than they are printed, so we really encourage you to get a sample or two in advance. As all of our prints are done bespoke for you, we're not able to accept returns on them if you don't like the colour.
Ordering. Our designs are 0.6m (standard) or 0.65m (worktop size) wide and then you can order the length that you need. If you need more than 3m, you can order multiples of the sizes that you need.
Note: Our 60cm and 65cm prints are printed at slightly different aspect ratios and will not be seamless when combined with prints of another size.
2. Suitability in your home
One of our most asked questions is, where can I put the vinyl in my home?
The answer is, it's pretty much suitable anywhere! Our vinyl isn't like traditional lino flooring, it's only 1-2mm thick so is lighter and can be used in more areas!
Please note: Like any product application, we always advise trying it on a discreet area of where you want to apply it, to ensure any coating such as paint or varnish is not removed with it.
We offer three different types of vinyl:
Standard Vinyl -
Our standard vinyl is our original, tried and tested vinyl covering for all over your home.
It can be applied on (not exclusively):
- Furniture - TV units, tables, benches, cabinets, dressers
- Walls - while it can be applied to painted walls and wallpaper, it can damage these on removal so care should be taken before applying
- Kitchen - worktops, backsplash, tiles, cupboards, appliances
- Bathroom - tiles, backsplash, bath panels
- Fire Place
Floor and Wall Vinyl -
Our floor and wall vinyl comes with non-slip properties and has extra sticky adhesive on the back.
So not only can it be used for all of the applications above, this means it's amazing for covering all ranges of flooring such as tiles, laminate and wood. It's pretty special.
Window Vinyl -
Our window vinyl is printed on translucent vinyl which allows light into the room and gives you a little more privacy too.
3. How to apply your vinyl
Applying your vinyl is really easy. We've got some tips for you here, and you can see some of our video tutorials below!
First, make sure your vinyl is cut to the right size. You can cut it down by measuring out your design on the back of the print, and just use scissors to cut it down to size.
Remember the old saying, measure twice - cut once.
2. Prepare your room and the print
There are a few things best practices when applying your vinyl.
Vinyl Temperature: Adhesive works best when slightly warm, so make sure that your vinyl is unrolled and allowed to come to room temperature if it's just been delivered, or left in a cupboard
Room Temperature: Similar to the above point, make sure your room isn't cold. If you're applying your vinyl to a wall, make sure it's not too cold for the vinyl or it won't adhere properly. If it's cold, a hairdryer or similar will do the trick but please take care not to burn your paint or set anything on fire!
Time: If you're applying it onto a painted surface, make sure the paint has been allowed to settle. Paint can be dry on the surface but can take, certainly in cold weather, a number of weeks to completely dry and set.
Surface: If you're applying vinyl to a painted surface, certain paint manufacturers include additives to paint that stops anything sticking to the paint and this will include our vinyl. This includes paint that's advertised as anti-stain and wash and wear etc. Please test this with a sample before purchasing a large order.
3. Get a clean surface
Make sure the surface you want to apply it on is clean. You want to make sure it's clean but not damp, so make sure to remove any excess moisture off where you're going to apply your vinyl.
4. Apply slowly
Start by peeling off a little of one edge of the vinyl. You can use this sticky edge to line up your design against it's back drop, and then slowly remove more of the backing. Use our squeegee or another flat tool to smooth out the vinyl as you go, this will ensure there are no bubbles. Keep going until your whole design has been applied. If needed, trim the edges to size.
(Note: make sure whatever tool you use doesn't scratch the surface, our squeegee is rubber and goes over smoothly and safely)
- Laid it down and it's at a bit of an angle? Don't worry, you can lift and reapply your vinyl to get it right properly.
- Applying it to a wall? For the best results, overlap a small amount of the vinyl to make sure none of the edges catch.
4. How to remove your vinyl
Removing your vinyl is really simple too!
We've seen so many of you make over your rented spaces, so we had to make sure that you could remove your vinyl and leave things just as you left it.
To remove your vinyl, you just need to pick up one of the corners of the vinyl until you're able to get a whole edge free.
While our vinyl is safe on walls and painted surfaces, you need to make sure that you don't pull too hard or too quickly when removing the vinyl. With surfaces like worktops, glass and tiles, you can be a little firmer with it.
When you've peeled off the vinyl, there may be a small amount of the adhesive left on the surface. A damp sponge with some soap will take this straight off and leave your surfaces exactly as they were.
So what's your next project going to be?
We hope we've been able to answer any question you have about our amazing vinyl.
If you do have any questions, get in touch and we'll be able to help you out and find something suitable for your next project.