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Top Tips for Stripping Wallpaper

We are not going to lie to you – removing wallpaper can be, and usually is, a bit of a pain. But chances are, you know that, and that is why you’re probably reading this right now, looking for ways to simplify this often-hated task.

Well, help is here, as we’ve taken it upon ourselves to note down some of our most handy hints and tips for removing wallpaper so that your redecoration project can go just that little bit smoother. Good luck!

Preparation is key when removing wallpaper. Never underestimate the job at hand; for a full room we would suggest setting aside a full weekend, to give you plenty of time to do the job properly.

Removing wallpaper can be messy work, so as part of your preparation you should try to protect your floors, any wood and furniture.  Take absolutely everything off the walls from photographs to wall sockets and switches and cover up any openings with plastic and tape to stop water getting in. Turn off the electricity in the room as well, just to be safe. If you are unable to remove all the furniture from the room, then at least get it all in the centre and cover it up.

Once you have everything set up, use a scraper to test the wall to see just how many layers you are going up against. If when using the scraper you find there are a few layers under there, then you’re going to have to set aside some more time for stripping it all away.

If you’re lucky, the wallpaper on your walls could be strippable, which means it is designed to easily peel off. To check this, use a knife to pry away at a corner of the wallpaper then pull it down at an angle with both hands. If it peels away in a long strip with no signs of adhesive underneath, then your job has just been made much easier!

Finally, if it turns out your wallpaper isn’t strippable, try soaking the wallpaper in warm water with a small amount of cellulose paste and liquid detergent to make the job faster. Use an old fork to score the wallpaper, allowing the moisture to soak in and leave it there for five minutes. This should make the wallpaper easier to tackle with a scraper.