Wallpaper Removal

Wallpaper removal techniques

There are all kinds of old wives' tales about the best ways for wallpaper removal. However, the best wallpaper removal techniques tend to be the easy ones. Of course, the size of your job is going to depend on the type of wallpaper, the type of wall beneath the paper, and the number of layers of wallpaper you're attempting to remove.

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The real problem isn't with the wallpaper itself; it's with the wallpaper glue removal. That stuff is tough! It's meant to keep that wallpaper up no matter what, which makes it a real pain when you're trying to get the paper down. And, of course, there is that pesky little problem of the wallpaper that covers the glue that you're trying to remove. So, you need to use a wallpaper removal technique that allows you to work through the paper to remove the glue, which will make bringing the paper down a breeze.

Wallpaper Paste Removal

Wallpaper paste removal involves breaking down the paste so that it loses its hold. Soaking your papered wall with a mixture of water and vinegar can help break down both the paper and the paste. It may take a few applications (and a lot of vinegar) but you should be able to scrape the paper away easily once it's been soaked long enough.

Once you've got the paper down, you may still be stuck with some residual wallpaper paste removal. That glue can really stick around, even after the paper is gone. Hot water and baking soda or fabric softener sprayed liberally on the wall and wiped off thoroughly should do the job.

Wallpaper Removal Tips

One of the best wallpaper removal tips is to be patient. Depending on the size of your wall or the number of papered walls you're dealing with, wallpaper removal can be a time consuming task. It's also more tiring than you think it is, with lots of bending, stretching, and scraping involved, so make sure you're giving yourself ample time to complete the task. Don't be in a rush, because you may have to try the techniques a few times before they work.

Another great tip is to think ahead. Cover your floor and furniture with drip cloths so that you're not making even more of a mess. Some of the solutions you're going to use to remove the paper are messy, and you'll also find that the bits of paper you peel off aren't easy to clean up. Using a drip cloth will minimize the extent of the mess and the clean-up time.