Wallpaper Removal Tips

Wallpaper RemovalTruth be told, wallpapers are things of yesterday. Today, there are so many paint styles, designs, and tricks that could make any wall beautiful and unique even without wallpapers. However, some homeowners still opt for wallpaper because it is generally cheaper and you can change it as often as you like without much hassle.

Whether you’re looking to replace your current wallpaper, or you simply want to remove your wallpaper to make way for more beautiful and natural-looking pain, here are some wallpaper removal tips to keep in mind.

1. Type of Wallpaper

Before jumping on how to remove the wallpaper, it is important to understand the type of wallpaper you have on your walls. There are primarily three types of wallpapers, traditional, vinyl and laminated wallpapers. Stripped and traditional wallpapers are easy to remove. While vinyl or laminated coating wallpapers, those that are washable, can be quite difficult to remove.

2. Type of Wall

How much effort you may have to apply in removing the wallpaper also depends on the type of wall you have in your home. Most home built around the 50’s were constructed using drywall. The surface of the drywall can bond to the wallpaper making it trickier to remove the wallpaper without damaging the wall. Plaster walls, on the other hand, usually don’t have such issue.

3. Removing Wallpaper

Cover the switchboard, floor, and outlets with tape and a drop cloth to prevent any damages as you remove the wallpaper. Remove old wallpaper with a garden sprayer filled with water a wallpaper removal solution. Liberally spray it on the wallpaper. Let the solution sit on the wallpaper for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the wallpaper using a scraper and putty knife.
For coated wallpaper use a wallpaper steamer as this type of wallpaper does not allow penetration of moisture. Scour the wallpaper with a removal tool and steam the wallpaper simultaneously.

Use a wet sponge to remove any glue or wallpaper left over from the wall. Leave your walls for about two days to dry before applying wallpaper.

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