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How to correctly remove your Wallpaper!

One of the biggest trends of wallpaper patterns 2022 are floral, whether your space is vintage, retro or contemporary, floral room decor can be adapted to suit any style, but regardless of how beautiful that is, sometimes you might just feel like you need a fresher look, and paint is the way to get to it, thankfully wallpaper isn’t forever! You can always remove your existing one in the best possible way, while inflicting minimal to no absolute damage to your walls. Usually it does take a bit of work, but isn’t that difficult, especially if you keep reading.

Gather Your Materials :

Select the tools you’ll need during this process, here are the most important ones:

  • Hot water,

  • Stripper spray,

  • Garden sprayer,

  • Putty knife,

  • Scraper,

  • Ladder,

  • Soap

  • Rags.

Identify Your Wall and Wallpaper Type:

It's important to know what kind of walls you have before you begin, usually the age of the wall is what defines whether it's drywall or plaster. Next you’ll need to identify your wallpaper type (Liner, Printed, Vinyl, etc). Use a putty knife to loosen a corner of the paper and try to peel it off. If it comes right off, then you have strippable wallpaper, if the wallpaper peels away but leaves a paper backing, then you’re dealing with peelable wallpaper. If the paper doesn’t budge, then you have a traditional wallpaper that will need to be removed with water and a chemical stripper.

Protect Your Floor :

Protect your hardwood and remove items from your walls, move furniture out of the room if possible, cover the floor and any remaining furniture that could not be moved with drop cloths to protect them from getting wet, and finally cover the baseboards with wide painter’s tape .

Pull Off The Facing

(wallpaper removal process) :

The best way to remove wallpaper depends on what type of wallpaper it is , first , get a liquid stripper concentrate and mix it with hot water , then score or perforate the paper and its backing in sections so that water can soak through and loosen the glue, then douse the perforated paper with hot water using a pump or compression sprayer. Work from top to bottom, one section at a time. Don't try to tackle such a large area that the paper dries before you have a chance to remove it. Let the paper soak for about 15 minutes and scrape it off with a putty knife. If you have old wallpaper try scuffing the surface with a coarse sandpaper or a scoring tool to allow the water to soak into the paper. Once it's thoroughly soaked, apply the wetting agent twice more and let it soak for about 30 minutes. Strip with water to remove the backing, use a steam removal to soften the glue between the wallpaper and the wall, this is where you’ll probably need help because you’ll be steaming and stripping at the same time.

Clean Your Walls :

Use a wallpaper stripper if you have a lot of paste residue, spray it on and let it sit for about 20 minutes, use a scraper to remove the stripper, go with a sponge and hot water when rinsing the walls, and dry them with a rag of clothes. Now that your walls are clean, don't forget to collect all of the discarded wallpaper strips on the cloth, and dump them into a trash bag.

Removing wallpaper is not a difficult task for a DIY, however, spraying the walls and peeling off strips of paper can get a little messy, you’ll probably need to ask yourself whether you are willing to go through the trouble on your own, or get professional help instead, surely this activity requires techniques and methods for a perfect result without any risks of damaging the walls, this is why you can always consider painting instead.

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