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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wallpaper Removal Tips

There’s no time like summertime to make some changes around the house. Maybe this time you've decided you no longer want wallpaper in the office or sitting room?

Maybe you want painted walls instead? Removing wallpaper may not be one of the easiest things to do, so I hope we're able to help you out.

First you need to clear the room and take everything off the walls. If there is large furniture that can’t be easily moved out of the room, move it as close to the center of the room as possible and cover it with a drop cloth or whatever you have handy to protect it.

Then you need to have all the right tools to complete the job. Here's a list of the things you'll need:

  • 6" scrapper
  • Wallpaper glue remover
  • Drop cloth or plastic wrap
  • Ladder
  • Garbage can or garbage bags
  • Scoring tool
  • Spray bottle

Now lay down the drop clothes and get started.

Peeling the Wallpaper Off

If luck is on your side, you will be able to just loosen a corner of the wallpaper and gently peel it from the wall. Then all you have to do is clean the remaining paste from the wall. If it doesn’t easily peel off and it’s being difficult, here are the steps you can take to remove it.

Hard to Remove Wallpaper

  1. If you’re peeling the wallpaper and some of it is left behind on the wall take the scoring tool and run it over the walls in a circular motion. This way the wallpaper glue remover you have selected will soften the paper and help dissolve the glue backing.
  2. Spray the glue remover onto wallpaper and let it sit for about 15 – 30 minutes. There are also a couple of recipes you can use below that are made with household items.
  3. Work in sections as you go so your work is continual.
  4. After time has elapsed, carefully take a corner and pull the paper from the wall. If necessary, carefully use the scrapper to remove any remaining paper and paste. Clean the scrapper as you go.
  5. If you have extremely hard to remove paper and paste, you may need to use additional solution letting it sit for 15 minutes. If you think it is necessary, you may want to carefully and lightly use the scoring tool before spraying the solution.

When you’re done you’ll be able to wash the walls, repair any holes in the wall, and you’ll be ready to paint.

Wallpaper Residue Remover Recipes

Baking Soda and Water

In a spray bottle fill with hot water and add one large tablespoon baking soda.

Vinegar and Water

In a bucket, mix one gallon warm water with 1 cup vinegar. Fill spray bottle and spray walls.

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