How to Remove Old Wallpaper

Wallpaper Removal Tips.

When it comes to redecorating your home, removing old wallpaper may be one of the most daunting tasks on your to-do list. This doesn’t have to be the case, however. Today we will be taking a look at some tips and tricks you can use to remove all the old and painted over wallpaper.

How to Remove Old Wallpaper

Is Wallpaper Removable?

All wallpaper is removable. The degree of easiness to remove it, however, depends on how the wallpaper was hanged originally. If the right techniques weren’t used, you may have some problems during the removal process. If the previous owner used the correct primer, chances are that you won’t have any problems getting it off.

How do I get Wallpaper off the Walls?

In many cases, simply peeling the paper off by hand will be sufficient to remove all the wallpaper from your walls completely. If the wallpaper keeps sticking stubbornly to your walls, try using a taping knife or scraper to scrape it off. If there are still some wallpaper left that you can’t peel off with your hands or taping knife, you can go to the next step, which is soaking.

What can I Spray on Wallpaper to Remove it?

Spraying the wallpaper with warm water can help to soften the glue and paper and loosen it from the wall. You can use any spray bottle that you have in your kitchen, but if you really want to save time, try to get hold of a steamer or vacuum sprayer. If you have to use a lot of water, make sure that your floors and furniture are protected by plastic covers, especially if they are made from wood.

Can I Use Vinegar and Water to Remove Wallpaper?

If you want to remove wallpaper that has been stuck to your wall for longer than 20 years, chances are that you are dealing with vinyl on paper backing. If this is the case, you will have to resort to another tactic. Since you will be using a lot of water, stay safe by making sure that all relevant circuit breakers are switched off. Also, remove the covers from the light switches and power outlets.

Then, fill a bucket with a solution of 20% vinegar and 80% hot water. Instead of vinegar, you can also use 50% fabric softener with 50% warm water. Apply the warm solution liberally to the stubborn wallpaper. After a few minutes, start peeling off the wallpaper with your taping knife.

How Do I Remove Wallpaper That Has Been Painter Over?

If your wallpaper has been painted over, start the removal process by scoring the top layer of paint with a wire brush or scoring tool. Make sure that you only use medium pressure to prevent damage to your wall. When the top layer of paint is removed, you will be able to soften the bottom layers by first applying wallpaper stripper, and then the vinegar or fabric softener solution with a spray bottle. Then, take your scraper tool or taping knife to remove the wallpaper completely.

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How to Remove Old Wallpaper