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Wallpaper Removal: Never An Easy Thing

You sit, staring at the walls surrounding your room and it occurs to you, exactly how long has it been since you’ve had the same wallpaper stuck on those four walls. The look of your room is outdated and dull. You then let your imagination take over and consider painting the walls to bring some much-needed life back into your room. Another thought then follows, how exactly are you going to remove this wallpaper which has pretty much embedded itself to your walls?

At first glance, you may think that that wallpaper removal is an easy task. However, when you start looking into it further, it dawns on you, this task is not going to be an easy one. You can’t simply peel the wallpaper like you would a banana. But do not lose hope! With the right planning, in conjunction with determining the right techniques for your specific wallpaper, you can accomplish what could be a messy task if not done correctly.

The first step would be to remove any furniture from the room. Move any furniture or fixtures that cannot be removed into the center of the room to increase your workspace. Once you have done this, cover them, so as to protect them.

Now it’s time to examine your outdated wallpaper to determine what best technique would be to remove the wallpaper. Materials such as vinyl, foil, liner, and fabric wall coverings in most cases will peel off easily. While other materials, such as the old style of flock wallpapers, require more time and effort. After determining what type of covering you currently have and want to remove, it would be beneficial to do a test run on a 1X1 square foot area to ensure the process and tools you are using, work for your wallpaper.

Wallpaper Removal: Never An Easy Thing

Removing wallpaper using a steamer

There are several wallpaper-removal techniques: steaming, dry-stripping, soaking and scraping.

Steaming can result in scalding if you are not sure on how to execute it. There are several things you can do to minimize the risk to scald yourself. We suggest wearing a protective rubber gloves, and a long-sleeved top. You should also, set aside a pan where you can place your steamer. Now the preparation is done, start steaming from the top of the wall. If the wall is too high, consider using a stepladder. Hold the steamer’s hotplate against the wall to soften the wallpaper. Following which, move the steamer away from the area you’ve just softened so that you can now peel the wallpaper off.

Wallpaper Removal: Never An Easy Thing

Stripping wallpaper using a putty knife

Dry-stripping is the easiest technique. However, do bear in mind that not all wallpapers are dry-strippable. In order to ‘dry strip,’ use a putty knife to lift the corners or the edge of the wallpaper gently. Continue this till all of the wallpaper has come off. There may be some adhesive that is left after this. You could use it for your next cover, but we would advise that you check with an expert to see if it is compatible with your next wallpaper.

If you also want to remove the adhesive backing, then the best technique for you would be soaking and scraping. Soaking and scraping involves mixing warm water with a special solution which is intended for wallpaper removal. Put the mixed solution in a spray bottle then spray it on the surface. This will soften the wallpaper.

Following this, scrape the soaked wallpaper with a taping knife or wallpaper scraper. If the paper is non-porous, roughen the surface first by using sandpaper or any perforating tool. This will allow for the solution to penetrate and dissolve the remaining adhesive. Once the entire covering is removed, use a sponge to wash the walls with either water, wallpaper-removing solution, or a non-phosphate cleaner. To finish things up, sponge and rinse your wall with clean water until all residues are out. You will be left with a perfectly clean canvas ready for your new ideas!

We would like to bring more life, not just into your walls, but also into your home. Remember that walls are the basic foundation of your home. We really want to be part of helping transform your thoughts into reality. If you need someone to brainstorm your ideas with, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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