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A-Z of Erfurt Mav

There are many interior design and DIY brands that call themselves brand leaders. But Erfurt Mav are one that deserve the label. They consistently develop intelligent solutions to their customers’ needs, often being among the first to innovate new products.

Erfurt Mav (sometimes written as Erfurtmav), are the people behind the popular Wallrock wallpaper range. Their varied range of wallpaper and lining paper offer a plethora of benefits to people looking to redecorate. Below we look at some of the key products in the Wallrock range.

Thermal Liners

Efurt May were one of the first to develop wall coverings that had the practical purpose of insulating homes, not just for decoration. As efficiency and energy savings have become more of a priority for people, these thermal liners answer that need. Their standard thermal liner is 3.2mm thick and their latest, KV600, is 4mm, which not only insulates against heat loss but from noise as well.


Also part of the Wallrock range is Wallrock Fiberliner. This was developed for homes that receive a more than usual amount of wear and tear – perhaps due to young kids, pets, or just frequent guest visits. Wallrock Fiberliner is also designed to hold paint well and give a durable long lasting finish.


Wallrock Fineliner is designed to be a low cost alternative to replastering walls. Many aging homes require internal and external walls to be replastered to smooth them over. There is also Wallrock Superglass, a stronger more durable product for smoothing walls.


There are a range of Wallrock textured wallpapers available. All of them are hardwearing and designed to take paint well, so you can use Wallrock Wallpaper anywhere in your home.

Erfurt May’s Wallrock range is one of the best selling brands in the home décor industry, so it’s definitely worth checking out the rest of their range if you’re thinking of having any work done.

The science and statistics behind Wallrock Thermal Liner

In the not too distant past, many DIY wallpaperers wouldn’t even prep the walls with filler before hanging wallpaper, leading to poorly hung, uneven wallpaper. Results like this put many DIY-ers off from decorating themselves – turning to professional decorators or just leaving their rooms as they were. But in the last decade or so, home décor brands have piled research into the problems facing DIY redecorators and came up with a series of solutions. Erfurt May have been one of the companies leading this trend with their Wallrock range.

Today we’re taking a look at the science and stats behind Wallrock Thermal Liner. It’s a lining paper that, unlike regular lining paper, also insulates your home. It uses a technology previously used in aeronautics to stop heat being lost through walls. It’s made from a secret thermal insulation material bonded to a durable, high quality lining paper. Using it can really help you save on energy bills.

It works by bouncing heat back into the room – the design of thermal liner means warm air is reflected back into the room when it tries to escape through walls. This retains heat and makes it quicker to heat up the room. A test found that using Wallrock Natural Thermal Liner can increase the speed a room heats up by 65%. When two rooms of identical size and construction were heated up, the one will thermal liner on the walls took 25 minutes to reach 21 degrees, while the one without took 60 minutes. What’s more, in rooms without thermal liner, 20% of the heat will be used up warming the walls themselves.

Wallrock Thermal Liner also has the benefit of preventing mould growth when used with Wallrock Thermal Liner Adhesive. It can also prevent sound transference between rooms and offers the smooth finish of regular paper liners.

Reasons to use lining paper

If you haven’t done much DIY, or wallpapering, before, you might think that all you need to do it are some rolls of wallpaper and wallpaper adhesive. And you might be right, but getting the sort of finish you’re after will be very hard if you do it like this. The key to getting a really good result is preparing. Lining paper is one thing you don’t want to skimp on if you want to get perfect wallpaper, and here are the reasons why:

Smooth walls

When you strip back wallpaper, you will find that walls are often not perfect. They’ll often contain cracks, pits, dumps, bubbles and a whole host of other imperfections. If you apply wallpaper directly to walls containing imperfections, it will ruin the end result. So the primary reason for using lining paper, such as Wallrock Fibreliner Plus, is to smooth over any wall imperfections and create a flat surface to apply wallpaper to.

Avoid shrinkage

A lot of wallpapers, particularly towards the cheaper end of the spectrum, are woven. When wallpaper adhesive is applied to woven wallpaper, it will expand slightly. As you apply wallpaper to the wall, and put up the next piece, while it is damp, you can end up with gaps between the drops of wallpaper when it dries. This obviously results in a rough, uneven finish. Using lining paper will help the wallpaper dry more quickly and also hold the wallpaper in place at its expanded size.

Reduce staining

Wallpaper can get stained if substances in the wall leach into the wallpaper, or if moisture from the paste causes colours to bleed together.  Again, lining paper can stop this by adding a barrier between wall and wallpaper, reducing the drying time when you first paste the wallpaper.

Provide Durability

If you are wallpapering all bare plaster or painted wall, directly applying the wallpaper will often end up with the wallpaper peeling off the wall, leading to the need to re-hang the paper over and over. If you use lining paper it will keep the wallpaper in place for longer. Lining paper that comes in a longer, wider role, like Wallrock Fibreliner Plus 100, is perfect for this kind of job.

So, we hope you can now see that adding some lining paper to your shopping list when you’re next planning to redecorate is a wise decision.

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Wallpapering Tools

Most people of heard of, or had, a wallpapering horror story when the wallpaper’s gotten stuck to itself, you’ve cut lengths the wrong size, not been able to match repeat patterns or had wallpaper peeling off the wall just after you’ve hung it. But despite the potential problems, it isn’t really that difficult if you have the right wallpapering tools to help you. Below is a guide to the four must have tools for putting up wallpaper.

1. Wallpaper Remover

First thing’s first when it comes to wallpapering. Make sure the old wallpaper is completely gone from the walls.  This can be easy to do or it might take a long time. It mainly depends on the type of wallpaper you’re removing and the type of adhesive you used. But a wallpaper remover will make the job easier either way. They are sometimes called wallpaper scrapers and are usually made from plastic.

2. Wallpaper Scissors

Whether you’re using plain or patterned paper, it’s really important when you cut wallpaper that it’s cut to exactly the right length. It’s advisable to use heavy duty, sharp scissors and not smaller stationary scissors or an old blunted pair of kitchen scissors. If you don’t have any that’ll do the job, it’s worth investing in a pair of wallpaper scissors.

3. Wallpaper Knife           

This is what you need to make sure you get a good, clean finish and can cut wallpaper lengths to the right size. Wallpaper knifes are available from most DIY stores but make sure you buy a good quality one with an ergonomic handle to make using accurately more easy and comfortable. Opt for more heavy duty options as lighter ones may have trouble getting through thicker, textured and vinyl wallpapers.

4. Wallpaper Brush         

The last of our essential tools is a wallpaper brush. These are soft bristled brushes that are designed to smooth out wallpaper when it’s on the wall by brushing trapped air out from under the wallpaper without damaging the paper. Again, it’s a good idea to get a decent quality brush that’s easy to hold and do small sweeping motions with. You also don’t want a cheap one that will shed its bristles and for them to end up stuck to the wall.

With these tools in your possession, you will be much more likely to end up with a finish you’ll be happy with.

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Five reasons to go with Wallrock Fibreliner

It’s not always easy to know what tools to choose for DIY. In the store there might be an array of similar products that are difficult to distinguish between. When it comes to lining paper, we think there’s a clear choice. So below we share the five main advantages of using Wallrock Fibreliner.

1. Made by a market leading home décor company

The first advantage of Wallrock Fibreliner is that it’s produced by Erfurt Mav, a leading home décor company who are known for developing innovative products aimed at both novice and professional decorators. They invest a significant amount of money in R&D to solve problems that people face when redecorating. Their Wallrock brand of lining paper.

2. Heavy duty

Stripping back wallpaper to find perfectly smooth walls is the stuff of fantasy but, unfortunately, rarely the reality. All walls have imperfections, which is why Wallrock Fibreliner 100 and other lining papers available from Wallrock are designed to be heavy duty enough to cover any cracks, dents or bubbles. The fibre lining paper range from Wallrock also reduces the ability of condensation to develop into mould, and is scuff and tear resistant so will last for a long time.

3. No expanding or shrinking on the wall

While other lining papers might grow and shrink during application, Wallrock Fibreliner has been designed so that it doesn’t expand when paste is applied to it, it holds its position so you can get a perfect finish.

4. Choice

Unlike other brands of lining paper, the Wallrock Fibreliner range is available in two sizes – single and double length – as well as in three widths. So you will always be able to find the option that suits your needs.

5. Convenience

All you need to hang Wallrock Fibreliner to the wall is adhesive, so there’s no need to buy any additional tools or products. You can paste the fibre liner paper or at walls, whichever is most convenient.

With these, and other, advantages, Wallrock Fibreliner is the right choice when it comes to lining paper. 

Turn your home into a toasty Christmas hideaway with thermal wallpaper solutions

When those cold Winters’ days and nights set in, many people can’t resist the urge to switch on their electric blankets and turn up the thermostat. But while you’re pushing up your energy costs, you may actually be losing a lot of the heat through your walls. And with energy prices at record highs, this is really something you’ll want to avoid. Invest in some insulating wallpaper or thermal wallpaper, and you can trap heat in your home. Read on to learn about thermal wallpaper solutions and how it can make your home more efficient.

Two kinds of insulating wall coverings

There’s a lot of products available today that claim to be thermal wall coverings. They can generally be divided two types – thermal wallpaper and thermal lining paper. Thermal lining paper is designed to by applied to walls and then covered over with wallpaper, where as thermal wallpaper will insulate and provide the finished look for your room. There are not as many designs or prints available as normal wallpaper, but thermal wallpaper is usually designed to be painted over.

The difference in construction between the two is that thermal liner is made from a technologically advanced thermal insulator that’s been bonded to thick lining paper. Thermal wallpaper will also have an additional layer of high quality paper attached to the outer side to give your walls a textured finish, so there’s no need to overlay with additional wallpaper.

As well as making your room heat up as much as 65% more quickly, thermal wall coverings also ensure that heat is retained. Combined this means that you reduce the amount of heating needed to heat a room by up to 36%. And depending on the brand of thermal liner you buy, it can also help to prevent condensation causing problems with mould.

How to use thermal wall coverings

Thermal lining paper and thermal wallpaper are most often used in living areas like the lounge or dining room. But it is suitable to hang on the walls of any room. They can be great at taking the chill out of a Winter’s morning in bedrooms and bathrooms. As well as walls, they can also be installing on ceilings to trap in even more heat if needed.

So if you’re hurting from your last gas or electric bill, or feeling the cold at home, it might be time to think about investing in some thermal wall coverings.

1400 Grade Lining Paper Explained

There are many different types of wallpapers and lining papers on the market and unless you’re a professional decorator, you might not understand the differences between them. Many of you might be reading this and asking what is lining paper and why is it required anyway? In this guide, we look specifically at 1400 grade lining paper and tell you how best to use it.

Types of lining paper

Before looking in more details at 1400 grade lining paper, it’s probably best to look at lining paper in general. Lining paper is a pre-wallpaper wall covering that’s designed to smooth over walls to prepare them for painting or wallpapering over. There are a range of specialist types of lining paper available. The most well known are thermal lining paper, which helps insulate your home against heat loss, and soundproof liner, which blocks out external noise. But there are also differences in more general liners.

The lining paper grading system

Lining papers are available in a range of different thicknesses. The thickness is explained in the numerical grade of the paper – 800 grade is very thin, while 1400 grade lining paper is very thick and suited to more heavy duty needs.

When to use 1400 lining paper

Superthick lining paper 1400 grade is great for using in your home to cover over plastering imperfections like pits and cracks. If you wallpaper over a wall with imperfections like these without using lining paper first, they will show up under the wallpaper. With 1400 grade lining paper, they should be totally disguised. 1400 grade lining paper can also be used to smooth out walls before painting. For instance, if bubbles have formed in the plaster whilst it was drying. The third use for 1400 lining paper is to cover up marks and stains on the wall. Water leaks, nicotine, smoke damage stains can all show through wallpaper or paint if not covered over first. Thick lining paper will prevent this happening.

So, now you know what 1400 grade lining paper is and where best to use it in your home.