May 30

Advice On Strategies To Remove Wallpaper

Before you start remember that wallpaper removal is usually labor intensive and could cause critical damage to your walls if it is not completed correctly. Most removal damage is because of the lack of a wallpaper primer before the walls were wallpapered, resulting in the glue being absorbed into the wallboard. The top layers of wallboard (paper) will try to come back off with the wallpaper backing. If this occurs in large areas, call a professional.

You will discover many differing kinds of wallpaper in the market nowadays. Some are dry stripable, solid vinyl and fabric backed papers can more often than not be removed by simply pulling them from your wall with no soaking.

Most residential wallpapers are of the ” vinyl coated “type. Vinyl coated papers are by far the commonest used in residential homes. The vinyl face of those papers is usually “dry stripable” meaning the face will separate and leave only the paper backing on the wall. Start by removing as much of this vinyl face as possible. Locate a loose corner, you may require a putty knife or scraper to get you started.

After all of the vinyl face is removed, the paper backing should also be removed. The paper backing will need a wet removal. Fill a five gallon bucket to about half full with warm water, add about a cap full of fabric softener. Turn off the electrical power for the room. Apply this solution to the wall using a paint roller or garden sprayer, a sponge can be used in corners. Wet a four or five foot section of the wall and ensure the wall section remains saturated with solution for about ten minutes. Take off the wet backing with a four or six inch putty knife or scraper.

After all of the backing is removed, finish cleaning the walls using a hand sponge and fresh solution of fabric softener and warm water. Permit the walls to dry out and apply a wallpaper primer if you want to re- wallpaper the walls. If you plan to paint, apply an acrylic primer/sealer to your walls before painting.

Please Note:

One of the most important things to remember when using a solution to strip your wallpaper off is, Don’t spray or saturate electrical outlets or switches with your solution, switch off the electrical supply to the area before wetting the walls. You donot want to cause any damage to your electrics. This is an extremely costly mistake to make. Damaged electrical wiring is pricey to put right. This can be messy work so remember to place rolled towels or bed sheets along at the base of the walls prior wetting them so that they can catch the solution runoff.


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