Removing wallpaper is not an easy job. But with the correct tools, some background knowledge on how to do it, and a lot of patience, anyone can do it. The following article will bring you up to with 6 speed simple DIY wallpaper removal steps you can follow when removing obsolete or old wallpaper.
By following these steps, your end results will not only be neat, but will also have a professional look.
Tools and materials needed:
*Wallpaper scraping tool
*wallpaper removal solvent
*dish washing detergent
Steps to follow:
1. Getting started
Keep yourself safe; shut off all the room’s switches and circuit breakers since it is going to get a little messy and wet in a few minutes.
2. Protect your floor
Tape some plastic papers around the baseboard, letting it overlap the floor about 2 feet. Note: The tape should be pressed hard on the floor to create a watertight seal. Then, cover the draped papers with some towels or drop cloth to absorb the water that runs down the walls.
3. Mix the solution
There are a number of commercially prepared solutions that you may use to soften the adhesive. However, if you cannot afford to buy these solutions, some hot water, and fabric softer will do the trick. Mix the hot water and softener in a huge spray bottle at the concentration of one to one.
Using the putty knife, start pulling off the corner face of the wall covering or from the switch box, where the wallpaper tends to be loose. Do this step without adding the solution. The point is to remove the top layer of the paper and leave the backing on the wall. This way, the backing will soak the solution easily, making the rest of the job faster and easier.
5. Soak the backing with the prepared solution
Using the spray bottle, saturate the backing with the solution and let it absorb the solution for about 15 minutes or until you can comfortably remove the wallpaper backing and the remaining facing. It is advisable to work on small sections so that the backing doesn’t dry up before you get to remove it. In case you encounter stubborn backing or adhesive, use the putty knife to remove it. Remember, it’s always important to be patient and calm when doing this as you do not want to damage the wall’s plastering.
6. Clean the walls
Lastly, mix the dish cleaning detergent with very hot water. Use a sponge to wet the walls and then scrub the walls carefully to remove the remaining wallpaper adhesive. Finally, rinse the walls using clean water and a soft towel.