To most people, removing a wallpaper is not only scary, but it is also daunting. In spite of this, the good thing is that there are various tricks that can help you get this work done. At this point, you may be wondering, so how do we go about it? In this article, we are going to share everything you
need to know about wallpaper removal. This information will go a long way in helping you come up with effective ways of removing that wallpaper.
Before you start
The first question that rings a bell is how do you removal the wallpaper without damaging your wall? Essentially, you need to establish two things. Top on the list is, what type of wallpaper are you dealing with? Since most of the wallpapers are strippable, this makes it easy to get the work done. Secondly, what tools do you have? In addition, the type of wall you are dealing with.
Plastered walls are more durable compared to drywalls. You can know what type of wall you are dealing with by tapping gently. If you hear a dull sound, know that you have a plastered wall. If you hear a hollow sound, then be sure you are working on a drywall. As such, drywalls tend to me more delicate compared to plastered ones. For this reason, you need to identify the right equipment to avoid damaging it.
Get into action
When removing the wallpaper, start from a uniform position. You can start from a top corner or locate a place under switch. Lookout for a place where it is soft and loose. As you engage this process, ensure that you have dishwashing detergent, wallpaper removal solvent, spray bottle, putty knife, sponge, a stepladder, and a wallpaper-scrapping tool.
Start with placing drop cloths at the base. Before you get this done, it is advisable to ensure that you remove switch plates. To enhance safety, ensure that you cut power.
Next, using a wallpaper scorer, create small holes in the wallpaper. This will allow the solutions to penetrate with ease up to the adhesive base. Though the market is awash with numeral commercial solutions, very few of them have a better effect compared to hot water and fabric softeners. Mix hot water with the fabric softener and fill a large spray bottle. Ensure that the concentration stands at one to one.
Ensure that you spray a region you can comfortably strip within a 15-minute span. After spraying and leaving the solution to soak for 5 minutes, grab the wallpaper either from the top of bottom and carefully pull it either upwards or downwards. At this point, you should have a putty knife in hand to enhance the wallpaper removal process.
Lastly, fill a bucket with very hot water mixed with a tablespoon of dish detergent. Go ahead and wipe the walls down using a sponge. You should not be in a rush, but carefully scrub the remaining traces of the wallpaper. Finally, rinse the walls using clean water. You can either leave it to dry or use a dry towel.