Your House is a Home: How to Easily Remove Wallpaper!

calander Nov 30 , 2016 user-icon Nash Painting

Tired of walking into your home and seeing that same-old boring and ugly wallpaper that the previous owners put up? If so, you’re probably in agreement that it’s finally time to tear that thing down. But removing wallpaper is easier said than done. While there are different approaches you can take, it’s important to know what you’re doing to avoid damaging both the wall and yourself.

Removing Wallpaper Easily

Prepare The Room

Because you are going to be dealing with a concentrated remover solution, the first thing you are going to need is a plastic sheet or drop cloth. Place the sheet or drop cloth at the base of the wall you plan to strip so the solution doesn’t ruin your floor or carpet. Next, cut the power to the room and take down all outlet covers and switch plates.

Score Wallpaper

The second step requires a wallpaper scorer, which can be purchased at your general hardware store. Use the scorer to create small holes in the paper so that the solution can penetrate through to the adhesive base and saturate the wallpaper and its backing quicker.

Create The Solution

While there are several pre-made solutions you can buy, our experience has taught us that little works better thanhot water and fabric softener. Equally combine the two liquids in a large spray bottle. In order to keep the mixture as hot as possible, a good tip is to mix it in small batches.

Apply The Solution

Soak a section of the wallpaper with the spray bottle. Don’t try to spray the entire wallpaper, only soak as much of the wall as you can easily strip in a 15-minute period. Let the solution soak the paper for a couple minutes before moving on to the next step.

Strip The Wallpaper

It’s finally time to remove the wallpaper. Begin by grabbing a piece from the corner and carefully pulling upward. To make this process easier, use a wide putty knife, which will help facilitate the removal of the paper. If you are having difficulty and find that the wallpaper isn’t coming off, try spraying the remover-solution on the area again until the section you want to remove is adequately soaked. You may have to do this several times for each portion of the wallpaper you want to remove.

Clean Up!

Once the wallpaper and its backing are removed, spray the entire wall with the mixture one last time. Examine your wall and scrape off any mixed spots. If you are confident that the wall is free from the paper, mix a tablespoon of dish detergent with very hot water in a bucket. Wipe down the wall with a sponge, scrubbing carefully to remove all spots of wallpaper adhesive. Lastly, rinse the wall with clean water followed by a towel dry – or if you prefer you can let it air dry for a few days. While it may not be the most fun process, if you follow these instructions and use the proper tools, you will successfully rid that room of the dated wall covering.

If you do feel that this process is a little out of your league, not to worry, our amazing Nash Painting team specializes in wallpaper removal! Give us a call, or click here to contact us today!