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How To Safely Remove Wallpaper?

In the world of wallpaper, what goes up inevitably has to come down. Knowing how to remove wallpaper is the first step in renovating your walls. Experts agree that removing the old wallpaper is necessary before painting or hanging new wallpaper. You can do this task in a day without the help of a professional, so there’s no need to stress about it.

We will demonstrate how to efficiently and painlessly remove any kind of wallpaper. There is no one “optimal” technique for removing wallpaper, but any of these approaches will leave you with a clean, unharmed wall surface that’s ready for your creative redesign plans. Here are the steps for safely removing the wallpaper without damaging your walls.

Clear and Prepare the Room for DIY Wallpaper Removal

Take everything off the walls and put the furniture in the middle of the room, or out of it entirely if you can. Use drop cloths to prevent the floors and remaining furniture from becoming wet throughout the cleaning process.

Cut the Power

Make sure the lights are turned off and any outlets or switches are covered with painter’s tape. (Note: If you want your outlet covers to blend in, you can always place wallpaper over them later; if you want them to stick out, choose a colorful contrasting pattern.) First, you’ll need to unscrew the wall plates so you can cut a piece of wallpaper that’s half an inch bigger on all sides. Then, you’ll need to glue the paper on with Mod Podge, trim the edges and add plug openings with a razor knife, and finally, you’ll need to reinstall the wall plates. Voilà!)

Determine Your Wall and Wallpaper Type

Before you start peeling, you need find out whether your walls are made of plaster or drywall. Be cautious not to oversoak the drywall, as this might cause damage. It’s also crucial that you identify the specific wallpapers you’re dealing with. To remove the paper, pry at a corner with a putty knife. If the wallpaper can be peeled off easily, it is said to be strippable. What a fortunate person you are! Possible simplest method of wallpaper removal. Peelable wallpaper is wallpaper that comes off in large sheets and leaves a paper backing behind. Traditional wallpaper can only be removed with water and a chemical remover if the paper won’t budge (sorry). Detailed procedures for removing various wallpapers are provided below.

How to Remove Traditional Wallpaper?

1. Gather Your Materials

  • Water
  • Wallpaper Stripper
  • Spray Bottle, Garden Sprayer, Or Paint Roller
  • Putty Knife Or Scraper
  • Wallpaper Scoring Tool (If Necessary)
  • Ladder
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Rags
  • Rubber Gloves

2. Mix the Solution

Get the wallpaper remover ready by following the manufacturer’s directions and mixing it with hot water. Make use of a spray bottle or a garden sprayer to apply the solution.

3. Apply Solution

Applying the solution to a small section of the wall that is approximately three feet by three feet in size can be done with a paint roller, spray bottle, or garden sprayer. Please wait a few minutes as the solution takes effect.

4. Scrape the Wallpaper Off

Using a putty knife, carefully peel the wallpaper off the wall and up the wall. (Scraping tools made for heavy duty use, such as those with ergonomic handles that make it easier to remove all of the wallpaper paste by hand, might be useful in this case.) It is important to take precautions to avoid gouging the drywall when scraping. Taking the next step in the procedure necessitates removing the paper from the section first.

5. Score if Necessary

If the wallpaper is stubborn to remove and the solution doesn’t sink in, you may need to score the wall first. Score the paper by rolling a scoring tool (crucial for removing wallpaper!) to create concentric rings that overlap.

6. Clean the Walls

All you need is a small bit of soap and water to get the walls clean again. If the removal procedure leaves any tiny holes in the wall, fill them with spackling paste, let it dry, and then sand them down with sandpaper before painting or re-papering.

After you have eliminated all traces of the previous wallpaper from your walls and are prepared to start over, think about the many choices of wall paint and wallpaper that are available. You may create a spooky atmosphere with matte black paint, or you can go for a coordinated effect by selecting the same design for both your window treatments and your walls. Alternatively, you can use paint and wallpaper on distinct surfaces inside the same space.

How to Remove Non-Strippable Wallpaper?

If you have decided to remove the wallpaper by yourself, then what you need is a good wallpaper removal solution. The most affordable way to do so is through online shopping. A search on the internet will show how many solutions are available nowadays. You can find them by brands, or by the chemical compositions of the product. The latter contains chemicals that can remove any type of wallpapers for you—whether it may be vinyl, silk, or some other type your walls may have.

Once you buy your solution, follow the instructions provided in the package. The first step of the procedure is soaking it into a bucket of hot water for about 15 minutes or longer, depending on how deeply the paper has been fixed to the walls. Then, use a soft and wet towel to wipe off excess water from the walls.

Afterward, use a sponge to apply it onto the wall at regular intervals until all of it has been spread out. After that, let it dry completely on both sides before you start removing the wallpaper.

Bottom Line

We hope that you found this post on removing wallpaper to be informative and helpful. Although it may be a tedious and lengthy process, keep in mind that after you’ve completed it, you can finally begin designing your ideal bedroom! Think of all the amazing wallpaper designs you might pick from, ranging from art deco to modern. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions regarding the wallpapers we have or the tools you’ll need to get your wall ready for new wallpaper. It would mean the world to us if you could get in touch with us.