Removing wallpaper can be a very daunting task, but don’t panic! There are numerous tips and tricks that can help you remove wallpaper successfully. Even though the procedure is moderately straightforward, there is a lot that you will need to bear in mind before you begin. Using the correct resources and the right method is essential for making sure that you don’t damage your surfaces behind the wallpaper. In our blog, you will learn everything you need to know about removing the wallpaper correctly. Wallpaper removal necessitates a lot of determination due to the task taking a very long time, however, we are hoping to show you how you can make the process inexpensive and easy, by using household items and the right techniques so you can achieve that perfect home design.
Preparing your walls and safety considerations
Removing wallpaper and wallpaper glue is normally a very messy task, it’s essential that you prepare for the job properly before you begin stripping the wallpaper. You’ll need to make sure that all furniture is away from walls or removed out of the room and that the floor is covered with protective sheeting. It would also be a good idea to purchase some masking or duct tape to keep the sheets in place. The number one priority when doing any DIY job is safety, therefore when removing the wallpaper water and other liquids, it’s best to ensure that all electrical sockets are covered. The most ideal solution would be if the power was cut in that room.
What’s the best type of tool to purchase
The tool that will make your job much easier would be a scoring tool, this is used to make small holes and grooves in the wallpaper. This will make it easier to get under the wallpaper. But you need to be very careful when scoring as it can cause significant damage to the wall behind the wallpaper if you apply too much pressure on to the scoring tool it will damage the plaster underneath the wallpaper. This is very important to remember when stripping wallpaper from drywall due to its fragility.
What type of wall do I have?
Before removing the wallpaper, you’ll have to know what type of wall you’re stripping the wallpaper from. Plastered walls have a tendency to be more rock-hard and hard-wearing than drywall. If you’re unsure what type of wall you have try tapping on the wall, a dull noise means that the wall is plastered. On the other hand, if you hear a hollow sound it’s likely to be drywall. As drywall is a lot weaker be very cautious when using the scoring tool. When taking your time and lightly stripping drywall will aid you to avoid damaging it. You also need to be careful not to get drywall too wet as over wetting it can cause permanent damage.
Household products to remove wallpaper with
There are lots of products specially made to remove wallpaper, but these can often be very expensive, there are many everyday items that you already have in your home that make great alternatives, two of these are fabric softener and vinegar. If you wish to use the fabric softener altogether you need a spray bottle, fabric softener and hot water. Fill the bottle with the same measurements of water and fabric softener. Once this has been done shake the bottle to mix the two liquids together, divide the wall into sections and start slowly, you don’t want to soak the wall because this could lead to having a damp wall. Once the small section is sprayed leave it to rest for two minutes then start to remove the wallpaper by simply peeling it off or using the scoring tool mentioned previously. If you are not very keen on using fabric softener or chemical products vinegar is the more natural option, mix the vinegar with hot water (you will need one cup of vinegar to a gallon of water). Once again using the same method as the fabric softener section the wallpaper off, spray the liquid onto the wall and then peel the wallpaper off or use the scoring tool if the wallpaper isn’t peeling off.
How to get rid of stubborn wallpaper glue
When all of the wallpaper has been removed you may find that there is still glue remaining on the walls. This does require a lot of patience due to the strength of the glue. Combine washing up liquid, hot water, and a tablespoon of baking soda to create your solution, use a sponge to apply the solution directly onto the wallpaper glue, it’s wise to start with a small area to make sure the wall isn’t getting too wet or left with the solution on for longer than it should be. With a little bit of elbow grease added this should remove the glue fairly easily.
How to Make the Least Amount of Mess
When stripping wallpaper off of your bedroom walls you will notice that you are creating a lot of debris and mess left over from the old wallpaper. We typically see people use bin bags to collect the debris but this can create additional waste. Our advice would be to use a heavy duty euro container which is re-useable for many applications and creates less pollution
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