Ugly wallpaper is probably one of the biggest eyesores you’ll find in your home. Most people believe that removing wallpaper is too expensive or that it is too hard to do alone, but actually it isn’t that difficult. This most dreaded renovation project can really be therapeutic if you prepare for it and follow the plan. You don’t have to live with your ugly paper anymore, just continue reading to find out how to remove it.
Plan. Before you begin, you should try removing a small section of the wallpaper with a scraper or utility knife. Just don’t cut out the section from the middle, it would be easier to start from the top corner. Now you will know what to expect even before you start your work and you can make your plans accordingly.
If you are lucky enough, your wallpaper will be strippable and it will be easy to remove it. You will just need to use a utility knife to pry up seam edge. Start gently tugging wallpaper pulling it down at an angle. You won’t have to follow the rest of the steps if it starts peeling off in a long sheet, and there is no adhesive residue. Cut the test section and hope for the best. If you discover it doesn’t go off that easy, you should check out other steps.
Soaking. If you want to try removing the wallpaper without machinery then it is time to try this technique. Mix warm water and wallpaper removal solvent to create wallpaper remover solution. Put cloth or towels at the base of the wall so it will absorb all the drippings. Soak the surface with a solution, but only an area you can scrape off in 15 minutes so it won’t damage the wall. The easiest way you can do this is by using a paint roller. Then use wallpaper scraper to remove the wallpaper.
Steaming. If you are dealing with more stubborn wallpaper or the one that consist of more layers you should consider steaming. You can easily rent the steamer in various shops that sell wallpapers and rent home, garden and building equipment. Steamers consist of steamer plate connected by a long hose to a water tank. To make sure this process works, you will need to heat the water in the tank and then hold the plate against the wall. Start at the top and stop after you notice that wallpaper is softening. Now it is time to start scraping the wallpaper down. Move plate to the next part of the wallpaper so it can work its charm until you are ready to start on it.
Removing the wallpaper is not as hard as you think it is. Just prepare carefully and you’ll have no problems at all.