One of the most dreaded renovation projects for many people is wallpaper removal. Removing wallpaper can be a pain but you can make it easier on yourself with the right equipment and approach. Read on to know how to easily remove wallpaper:
- Lay drop cloths over carpet and anything else you want to protect. Shut off all circuit breakers to any room outlets and lights. Keep the covers in place and tape over the exposed area. This keeps water from getting inside during the removal process. Figure out your walls are made of. This let you know how gentle you have to be while stripping your wallpaper. Determine what type of wallpaper you have. There are many kinds of wallpaper, but the removal process will go a lot smoother with the strippable type or peelable-top-layer type than the traditional varieties.
- Find and loosen a corner. Strippable wallpaper is easily removed and can often be pulled off in one piece. Strip the wallpaper off the wall. If the sheet tears, find a new corner and start over. Wash away residue. Clean with soap and hot water
- To remove wallpaper with peelable top layer, Find and loosen a corner of the top layer. The top layer is often made of vinyl and should pull off easily. Soak the backing paper with water for several minutes. Apply warm water with a rag or sponge. Use a plastic putty knife to scrape the sticker areas. Clean with soap and hot water, rinse, and then dry with a clean towel or rag.
- Traditional wallpaper may require a stripping solution. Score the wallpaper per the instructions on your wallpaper scorer. Putting holes in the paper will help your stripping solution to penetrate the adhesive. Fill a bucket with hot water. Make sure it’s as hot as you can stand. Mix in a wallpaper-stripping solution according to the instructions on the bottle. Soak a paint roller in the hot water/stripping solution and saturate one section of the wall at a time. Let it soak for few minutes and strip the wallpaper with putty knife.
These ways can be used to easily remove wallpaper.