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The common ways to remove wallpaper are by hand, with chemicals or with steam.
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Getting rid of old tired wallpaper is a great way to update any room and even though stripping wallpaper is time consuming, it’s simple to do, making it an easy DIY project.
There are three common ways to remove wallpaper; by hand, with chemicals or with the wallpaper steamer. Some newer brands of wallpaper are designed to just pull away from the wall. To see if you can remove the wallpaper by hand, simply peel off a corner of the paper and give it a tug. If the paper pulls away cleanly and easily, your all set, consider yourself lucky. All you’ll need to finish the project is a putty knife for the occasional stubborn path. But if the paper is hard to pull off or leaves large pieces of the backing behind, you’ll need to use a chemical wallpaper remover or a steamer. Both work well; it’s just a matter of personal preference.
If you decide to go with a chemical wallpaper remover, start off by protecting yourself with a mask, rubber gloves and safety glasses and remember to use drop cloths to protect your floors from any drips. You’ll also need a wallpaper scoring tool. It makes small holes in a paper which allow the chemical to soak in and loosen the adhesive. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or you may cut the drywall or plaster beneath the paper. Now, go ahead and spray the paper with the chemical remover. The wallpaper remover will work fast, soaking through the scored holes and loosening the glue, usually in a matter of minutes. You’ll know the chemicals are doing their job when the paper easily pulls away from the wall.
The other method of removing wallpaper is to rent a steamer for about $30.00 a day. Using steam is especially good for getting off older, stiffer paper that’s been on the wall for years. Steamers do get very hot so make sure to wear work gloves when handling the machine. You should also open a window while working to let out some of the steam, otherwise, all that steam might damage the walls.
First, use the scoring tool to create holes in the paper. Then just hold the steaming pad against the wall. The trick is to apply the steam long enough to thoroughly loosen the adhesive but not so long that you turn the wall into a wet, pulpy mess. About 30 to 40 second should do it. Once the glue is loosed, use a putty knife to scrape the paper off the wall. Don’t use your hands as the hot water can burn your skin.
Whichever method you prefer, your time and effort will be well rewarded with a nice clean wall. And that old out of date wallpapers will be a thing of the past.
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