Wallpaper is gorgeous when you’ve got it all plastering up for the first time. Of course, the plastering process deserves an audience of its own. But, what’s harder than putting on wallpaper is actually maintaining it. And whats harder than that, you ask? Taking it down. Wallpapers that are glued on are a task in itself to remove, but fret not-we’re here to help you with it. The guide below will walk you through the process of wallpaper removal all the way to the tools it’ll take. Lets read on!
When it comes to wallpaper, what goes up, must come down. If you’re ready to give your walls a fresh start, the first step is learning how to remove wallpaper. Whether you’ll be painting or re-papering, experts agree that taking down the old wallpaper is essential. Fortunately, you don’t need to hire a pro—it’s a DIY project you can handle in a day. Read on to find out what you need to do to strip your wall coverings without damaging your walls. No matter what type of wallpaper you’re dealing with, we’ll show you how to remove it as painlessly as possible.
Clear and Prepare the Room for DIY Wallpaper Removal
Begin by removing items from the walls and moving furniture to the center of the room, or out of the room if possible. Cover floors and remaining furniture with drop cloths to protect them from getting wet.
Cut the Power
Shut off the electricity to the room and cover any outlets or light switches with painter’s tape.
Determine Your Wall and Wallpaper Type
You’ll want to figure out whether your walls are plaster or drywall before you start peeling. Drywall can be damaged if gets too wet, so be careful not to over soak. It’s also important to determine what kind of wallpaper you’re working with. Use a putty knife to loosen a corner of the paper and try to peel it off. If it comes right off, then you have strippable wallpaper. If the wallpaper peels away but leaves a paper backing, then you’re dealing with peelable wallpaper. If the paper doesn’t budge, then you have a traditional wallpaper that will need to be removed with water and a chemical stripper.
Gather your Materials
- Putty Knife
Loosen the Corner and Pull
Use your putty knife to lift the corner of the paper. Use your hands to peel the paper from the wall, pulling as close to the wall as you can to avoid tearing the paper. If the paper does rip, loosen another corner and start again. Repeat the process around the entire room.
Clean the Walls
Once all the paper has been removed, clean the walls with soap and water to remove any residue. Allow the walls to dry completely before painting.
How to Remove Traditional Wallpaper
Gather your Materials
- Wallpaper stripper
- Spray bottle, garden sprayer, or paint roller
- Putty knife
- Scoring tool (if necessary)
- Rubber gloves
Mix the Solution
Combine hot water and wallpaper stripper according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Pour the solution into a spray bottle or garden sprayer.
Use a spray bottle, garden sprayer, or paint roller to apply the solution to a small section of the wall, about 3’x3’. Let the solution sit and absorb for several minutes.
Scrape the Wallpaper Off
Use your putty knife to peel off the wallpaper, working your way up the wall. Be careful not to gouge the drywall as you scrape. Once the paper has been removed from the section, move on to the next area.
Score if Necessary
If the solution doesn’t absorb and the wallpaper is difficult to scrape, you may need to score the wall before applying the solution. Roll a scoring tool over the paper, making overlapping circles.
Clean the Walls
Wipe down the walls with soap and water to remove any residue.
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