Thursday, September 1, 2016

How to remove wallpaper

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Would you like to know how to remove wallpaper from your walls? In this article, I will guide you on the most common methods you can use. Before you start, it is good to do some preparations. You should consider the following.

  Lay old sheets on the floor to protect it. You can also remove the furniture from the room.

How to remove wallpaper

Switch off all circuit breakers in the room – You can use a halogen work lamp with a long extension cord if you are doing this at night.

Put the covers in place and tape the exposed area. – This is to prevent the water from getting inside throughout the removal process.

Find out what your walls are made of - This will give you an idea of how gentle you should be when removing the wallpaper. Most of the walls are made of plaster or drywall. Unlike plaster which is hard and fairly water resistant, drywall should not be allowed to become too wet. You can tap the wall in different places to determine the difference. A drywall will sound hollow. When applying a removal method that involves liquids or steam, you should be careful on drywalls.

 Determine the type of your wallpaper - There are different types of wallpaper, but the removal process will be easier with the stoppable or peelable-top-layer  wallpaper. To determine this, use a putty knife under a corner of your wallpaper, make it loose and then peel it back using your hands. If it peels away, you have removable wallpaper.

 If your wall has a peelable top layer, you may realize that the surface layer peels off leaving a paper bottom layer. It may not be easy to remove but it is better than the traditional wallpaper.
 If you cannot peel off the wallpaper it means you have a traditional wallpaper. You can remove it by use of a wallpaper steamer or by using a stripping solution.


Remove everything from the walls and switch the plate covers. Start by preparing the wall - roll your scoring tool over your wall in a certain pattern as you make small holes in the wallpaper.  This allows the wallpaper stripper to leak in and soften then glue.

Apply stripper –. Mix the wallpaper stripper with warm water according to the instructions provided on the label. Now you can spray the solution on the entire wall.  Give it some time to soak.
Scrape – Use a putty knife, Zinsser scoring tool or a paint scraper to remove the wallpaper in circular motions.  Do not apply a lot of pressure to prevent damage. You can use a small blade in the corners and close to the window frames and doors. A larger blade can be used on uninterrupted walls expanses.
Repeat the 2nd and the 3rd steps if necessary.
Use an electric steamer to soften the glue.
Scrub- After removing the wallpaper, use warm water and a scrub pad to remove any residual glue. You can use 1 tablespoon of dish soap to clean with walls. Allow the wall to dry if you want to paint or you would like to apply another finish.


How to remove wallpaper with a peelable layer
Identify and loosen a corner of the top layer- The topmost layer is usually made of vinyl and should be easy to remove. Once you have removed the top layer, you will remain with the backing paper. In the case of the sheet tear, look for another corner and start again.
Use water to soak the backing paper for some minutes – You can apply warm water using a rag or a paint roller.
Scrape and peel the backing paper –You can use a putty knife to scrub the sticker areas.
Clean the residue- use hot water and soap when cleaning, rinse then dry using a dry towel.


I’m sure you have learned something, have you? Those are the most common methods on how to remove wallpaper. Knowing how to go about it is very important. It will help you to save a lot of time and resources. It also minimizes the rate of damage. This can be a tricky process but with the necessary information, you will find that it is very simple. You just need to follow the above steps. I will appreciate your views in the comments below. Feel free to share if you liked it.



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