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How to Remove Wallpaper


You can paint or apply a new wall covering over existing wallpaper, but it is best to remove it all together and start fresh. We will show you how to strip your wall coverings without damaging the actual wall, no matter what type of wallpaper has been used.

Prepping

1 – Clear the room

You need to remove all of the items off the walls and move the furniture out of the room or to the centre of the room. Make sure the floor and furniture are protected by drop cloths, so they don’t get wet.

2 - Turn the power off

Make sure all of the electricity is off and any outlets or light switches are covered with painter’s tape.

3 – Determine the wall and wallpaper type

Are your walls plaster or drywall? If drywall gets too wet, it becomes damaged so make sure you don’t oversoak. Use a putty knife to loosen a corner of the paper and then start to peel it off, if it comes right off then you have strippable paper. If the wall paper leaves a paper backing, then you have peelable wallpaper. If the paper doesn’t peel, then you have traditional wallpaper that needs to be removed with chemical stripper and water.

Removing Strippable Wallpaper

What you need –

Putty knife

Soap

Water

Cloths

1 - Use the putty knife to lift the corner of the paper and then use your and to peel the paper from the wall, to avoid tearing the paper pull as close to the wall as possible. If the paper rips then loosen another corner and start again. Do this process for the entire room

2 – When the paper has been removed, clean the walls with soap and water to remove residue. Before you start painting make sure the walls are dry completely.

Removing Traditional Wallpaper

What you need –

Water

Wallpaper stripper

Spray bottle

Putty knife

Ladder

Soap

Water

Cloths

Rubber gloves

1 – Mix hot water and wallpaper stripper to the instructions. When it is fully mixed pour the solution into a spray bottle

2 – Spray the solution to a small section of the wall and let it sit and absorb.

3 – Use a putty knife to peel off the wallpaper, make sure you don’t gouge the drywall as you scrap. Once the wallpaper has been removed from one section, move onto the other.

4 – Wipe down the walls with soap and water to clean them.

Removing Peelable Wallpaper

What you need –

Water

Wallpaper stripper

Spray bottle

Putty knife

Ladder

Soap

Water

Cloths

Rubber gloves

1 – Start with peeling off the top layer of the wallpaper. Loosen the corner with a putty knife and then pull the paper off the paper backing

2 – To remove the paper that is left behind. Use the same technique as removing traditional wallpaper.

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