Tips and Tricks for Removing Outdated Wallpaper

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3315 101413 gs3315Removing outdated wallpapers from your walls can be a very tedious and daunting task, especially if you lack wallpaper removal skills or proper tools and equipment to facilitate the process. You can easily remove your outdated wallpapers by using the following tips and tricks.

Before You Begin

Use a scraper to remove a small section of your wallpaper and see how many layers you have to remove and also get a feel for how much time the entire process might take.

Check if the Wallpapers are Strip-able

Strip-able wallpapers can be removed easily. You can use a utility knife and raise one edge of the wallpaper and tug it gently while pulling at an angle. Make sure to keep both hands close to the lifting edge to ensure the wallpaper comes off easily, leaving no adhesive residue.

Soften the Wallpaper Paste

If your wallpaper is not strip-able, you can try soaking the wallpapers using a mixture of warm water, liquid detergent and cellulose paste for at least five minutes. Soaking will soften the wall paper paste and facilitate easy removal. You can then use a scraper to remove the wallpaper.

If the wallpaper has a water resistant coating, use a wire bristle brush to scrape and loosen it before soaking.

Consider Using Chemical Strippers

For wallpaper that has been covered with paint, you should consider using chemical strippers. Apply the chemical stripper to the wallpaper and let it soak for around 20 minutes before attempting to scrape it from the wall.

While using chemical strippers, it is important to wear protective clothing, gloves and goggles, as the chemicals may be corrosive or harmful.

Try Steaming

Steaming also makes wallpaper removal easier. Try using a steam stripper for wallpapers that are hard to remove or if the wallpaper is covered with several layers.

If you have several wallpapers to remove or are in need of a quick, clean and effective wallpaper removal process, it is advisable to seek help from professional wallpaper remover.

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