Before you start be aware that wallpaper removal will be labor intensive and can cause severe damage to your walls if it is not done correctly. Most removal damage is as a result of lack of a wallpaper primer before the walls were wallpapered, resulting from the glue being absorbed into the wallboard. The top layers of wallboard (paper) will try to come off with the wallpaper backing. If this happens in large areas, call a professional.
There are many differing types of wallpaper on the market these days. Some are dry stripable, solid vinyl and fabric backed papers can more often than not be removed by simply pulling them from your wall without soaking.
Most residential wallpapers are of a â vinyl coated âtype. Vinyl coated papers are by far the commonest used in residential homes. The vinyl face of these papers is usually âdry stripableâ meaning that the face will separate and leave only the paper backing on the wall. Start by removing as much of this vinyl face as possible. Find a loose corner, you may require a putty knife or scraper for getting you started.
Once all of the vinyl face is removed, the paper backing also needs to be removed. The paper backing will need a wet removal. Fill a five gallon bucket to about half full with warm water, add about a cap full of fabric softener. Switch off the electrical power for the room. Apply this solution to the wall using a paint roller or garden sprayer, a sponge may be used in corners. Wet a four or five foot section of the wall and ensure the wall section remains saturated with solution for about ten minutes. Remove the wet backing with a four or six inch putty knife or scraper.
Once all of the backing is removed, finish cleaning the walls using a hand sponge and fresh solution of fabric softener and warm water. Allow the walls to dry out and apply a wallpaper primer if you want to re- wallpaper the walls. If you plan to paint, apply an acrylic primer/sealer to your walls before painting.
One of the most important things not to forget when using a solution to strip your wallpaper off is, Do not spray or saturate electrical outlets or switches with the solution, switch off the electrical supply to the room before wetting the walls. You donot want to cause any harm to your electrics. This can be an extremely costly mistake to make. Damaged electrical wiring is pricey to put right. This is messy work so remember to place rolled towels or bed sheets along at the base of the walls prior wetting them so that they can catch the solution excess.
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