Removing old wallpaper

Removing Wallpaper

When most people undertake a painting project, it's not the actual painting that they dread, it is the preparation. And when preparation means removing wallpaper, it's particularly difficult. Removing wallpaper doesn't have to be difficult. Using a steamer can be a huge time saver and can be rented or purchased. Because they can be used for multiple tasks, such as cleaning tile, stove tops and other sanitizing purposes, it might be a great time to invest in one for your home.

Tools & Materials

Like any project, you will need the right tools and supplies to do the job right the first time. Because the sooner you finish the sooner you can get on with well, anything you want.

Drywall Knife

Scoring Tool

Sponge

Safety Glasses

Preparation

Before you start your project, you should prepare the room in which you plan to remove the wallpapers. Just follow these simple steps one by one.

Step 1 - Preparing the Room

Prepare the area by moving furniture from the room or at least moving it to the middle. Cover furniture and flooring at the bottom of the wall because the glue from the wallpaper is very sticky and can be difficult to remove once on fabric or carpet.

Step 2 - Carefully Scoring the Wallpaper

Start by scoring the wallpaper. Remember, you don’t want to damage the wall underneath so it is ideal to invest in a special scoring tool that properly perforates the wallpaper before steaming and stripping.

Painting

Now that room and wall are prepared, you can remove the old wallpaper.

Step 1 - Applying the steamer

Select steamer, then apply steamer to the wallpaper and slowly pull the paper to remove it from the wall. If your wallpaper is old, one swipe might be all you need for removal as older adhesives can be more susceptible to moisture. Newer wallpaper has better glue technology and might be more difficult and require additional scoring and steam application.

Step 2 - Removing any remaining glue

After you remove a piece of wallpaper, it is a good idea to take a damp, warm rag and gently wipe the area to remove excess glue that might remain on the wall. If the glue begins to harden, simply soften it with a quick swipe of your steamer.

Step 3 - Examine For Potential Damage

Once dry, examine any dents or damages that have affected the wall while the wallpaper was applied or as it was being removed. This is the time to repair any damaged areas to ensure the best looking results. Use putty or plaster on any larger holes and consider priming the entire wall prior to painting. Once the wall is clean and smooth, you can start priming and painting.

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