Wallpaper removal, UGH!
Wallpaper removal. UGH!!! It is sometimes easier to look at it for long periods of time rather than take it off. Most of us would do anything to avoid removing wallpaper. But when its off the walls and you have repainted or updated the wallpaper, you feel like you have accomplished something big!
What would you do to avoid removing wallpaper? Probably whatever you could,First Check to See If Your Walls Were Primed
Anyone who’s managed to remove wallpaper lickety-split likely (and luckily) had walls that were sealed with wallpaper primer before they were papered.
Priming, which became more common in the 1990s, prevents the wet glue from soaking into plaster or drywall and forming a tough-to-break bond. Loosen a corner or seam with a putty knife and pull. If it peels off in a sheet, you got primed!
Being able to peel off wallpaper in complete or partial sheets after lifting the corners with a putty knife is called dry stripping. With well-primed walls, dry stripping should work for the entire job and you could finish a room in a couple of hours at most.
Not primed? No worries. Removing wallpaper — vinyl, foil, or paper — comes down to high school chemistry. (See, it does come in handy!) Wallpaper glue is water based, so that equates too water is a super-efficient remover. Water is a force to be reckoned with!
Here’s what to do with water:
- Score or perforate the paper and its backing in sections so water can soak through and loosen the glue.
- Douse the perforated paper with hot water using a pump or compression sprayer. The reason the myth that DIY removal is the worst is because the mistake most people make is using a regular old spray bottle or damp rag to wet the paper. This leads to hours of scraping and griping because the paper and its backing don’t get sufficiently saturated. The sprayer, on the other hand, gives you the firepower to really soak the glue.
- Let the paper soak for about 15 minutes and scrape it off with a putty knife.
- We have heard that if you add fabric softener to the hot water that helps the paper to scrape off easier too. While not proven, it will help the house smell great!!!
Wallpaper removal is a process that is not quick. Even if the wallpaper gods corporate and there is primer on the wall, it will still be a challenge and take time. It could take you six hours for an average room, but that’s way better than the days of effort it could take if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Another option for harnessing the power of H20 is steam. Wallpaper steamers, which you can rent from home improvement or hardware stores. They are effective and neater than water because you’re using moist heat, but they can be tough for steamer newbies. They’re bulky and awkward to use. (Have you had your upper body workout lately?) It’s also possible to burn yourself.There are so many ways to get the wallpaper off. Be careful which each one and best of luck!