If it is time to change your dated wallpaper for something more modern, the first thing you need to do is forget all of the stories you have heard about how complicated the removal process is.
As a matter of fact, the process of striping wall-covering is very simple. If the right primer was used, the wallpaper should come off easily. Whether or not your wallpaper was properly installed, these steps will leave your walls stripped and ready for something fresh in no time.
Before you remove the wallpaper, it is vital to protect the surface in your room from the soap and water you’ll use to remove the wall covering. Make sure to use the special painter’s tape to cover trim and molding. It is also recommendable to lay a drop cloth across your floor.
In most cases, the wallpaper might be starting to pull off the walls. If this is the case, you can start the process by removing the wall covering by hand without using soap and water. Using a taping knife is also helpful. It is the same knife you use for patching walls. All you need to do is find the edge and scrape it off.
Wet It and Scrape It
At some point, you will run out of paper you can peel with the knife or by hand. When that happens, it is recommendable to spray the wall with water. It is best to use warm water to separate the wallpaper from the wall. In most difficult cases, a steamer will do the job. If you decide to use a steamer, cover the floors with a drop cloth and spritz the entire wall.
After letting the water soak in, you can start to scrape off. You can use the same knife, either up-and-down or left-to-right, depending on what is easier for you. If you are still having trouble scraping off the paper, you might have to spray the wall again.
Be careful when scraping so you will not scratch the wall because it could cause some problems later on.
Now that the paper is all gone, you need to wash the wall so you can get rid of any paste or primer. It is best to use a sponge with warm water and going over your wall two-three times.
Keep in mind that this is the most important step in the process so don’t skip it. It doesn’t matter how well you took off the wall covering if you don’t wash the primer you are going to face problems when you try to implement a new wallpaper.
Sometimes, even the tiniest specks of paste can harm your next wall covering process. If you don’t get it all off, the paint will flake and eventually crackle. Wall covering that is applied over such a wall will bubble.
To solve this problem, it is best to apply gel stripper and scrape the specks of paste to make sure the plaster is smooth.
Choose a new wallpaper
Once you are all done with the hard work, you finally get to the best part – choosing a new wallpaper. Refresh your walls with a simple and yet modern paper. It is best to keep things simple. You don’t want to use something that will cause pattern fatigue.
We hope this article will help you remove your old wallpaper as quickly as possible and make sure you end up with walls that are clean and smooth.
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