Thursday, October 1, 2015

How to Remove Wall Paper

One of the trickiest things to do in life is to remove wall paper. The reasons behind wanting to remove wall paper could be many. You may want to change it. It may be damaged beyond repair. You maybe want to paint the wall. Or for reasons unknown you may be moving out of the apartment and want to take your wallpaper with you. Whatever the reason may be, here is a handy guide on how to remove wall paper.

These are the basic tools needed to remove wallpaper. Other items may help if available to you such as steamers, scoring tools and some chemical strippers.

Firstly, brace yourself. This is going to be messy, take a lot of time and might make you want to cry buckets.  But if you go step by step to the tune of good music and hopefully in the company of some great friends, it may just get done with relatively less headache.

Now, protect the floor, furniture and all woodwork. Remove everything from the wall and mask the openings with masking tape, normal tape and plastic. Remove all electrical appliances as during the process, water may seep in and damage it as well as increase chances of short circuiting if your plug points are left uncovered.

Start at the corner either near the ceiling or under a switch plate- two areas where the paper is generally loose. Using a putty knife, lift the edges and pull it off the wall steadily. This will peel off the paper and leave the backing on the wall.

Now, take a sponge and soak it in hot water. Wear gloves for this and try to get the water as hot as possible. Soak the now exposed backing. This softens the paste. You could also use a floor mop to do this. This is the point where water and glue will run to the floor and you must have towels and sheets handy to soak it up as quickly as you can.

Keep repeating this process for fifteen minutes so that the backing soaks up the water and the hot water and steam manages to melt the glue and soften the backing. After 15 minutes of this, use the scraper to scrape off the backing. If you do not have a scraper for the purpose, you could use a metal spatula, a putty knife with a rounded corner flexi blade or anything that could double up as a scraper.

Any remaining paste which is difficult to remove would need to be sprayed with gel stripper. You’d get this at the hardware store.  Once this process is completed, wash and wipe the walls thoroughly with sponge and hot water. Repeat the process till all stickiness is gone.

If despite the above process, the wall paper at any stage is refusing to cooperate, it is time to bring out the big guns. Hop off to a hardware store and stock up on and unleash 

  • Chemical strippers
  • Scoring Tools
  • Electric steamers

Good luck with the task and remember there is nothing in the World you cannot do and with a little bit of patience and a whole lot of organization, you would have mastered how to remove wall paper!

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