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Odd smell after wallpapering

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Sarah10123, 20 Sep 2020.

  1. Sarah10123

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    Hi.
    I had a decorator in recently who stripped some old blown vinyl type paper off my back bedroom walls using a wallpaper steamer. He then sanded and sized the walls which looked like bare plaster and put up new paper for me.
    When he had stripped the room i noticed a strange smell, not disgusting, the only way i could describe it is a sweet smell. I do have a very sensitive nose.
    Now that the new paper is on i can still smell it unless the doors and windows are constantly open. It gets more prominent when the room is shut up.
    Does anyone know what would produce a sweet smell? Its definitely coming from the walls as if i stick my nose up to them it smells quite strong.
    Is it the paste? Or could it have been the old paste reacting with the steamer?
     
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    Paste seems likely.
     
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  4. Sarah10123

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    How would you describe a paste smell? Thanks for your reply
     
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    Quite a sweet smell, until fully dried out.
     
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    Ah ok. I thought it would be more adhesive like. Thankyou. Its only been 4 days so maybe thats it!
     
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