How to Remove Wallpaper Without Ruining Your Walls

You just moved into your new home and realized that there’s an unsightly piece of wallpaper staring right at you as you walk into a room. As easy as wallpaper removal may sound, it can be quite the process. You can’t just find the seam and tear it down. Here’s what you need to know before you decide to remove your wallpaper.

Getting Started

One of the main things that you should keep in mind before beginning the removal is how old the wallpaper is. Old wallpaper can be very difficult to remove, so you’ll need a good amount of patience and useful tools to make the removal process easier.

Other things to consider as well are light switches, base molding, and floors. You will be using water so make sure to remove any switch covers and taping off the electric outlets to avoid any outages when removing the wallpaper.  Once everything is secured and properly protected, you are ready to begin removal.

The Tools You Need to Begin Removal

To begin a successful and stress-free wallpaper removal, you’ll need the following for the best results:

  • Razor Scraper – This wallpaper-scraping tool is similar to a putty knife, perfect for lifting edges.
  • Drop Cloths – Purchase some large drop cloths to protect your floors from any mess.
  • Wide Masking Tape – Use masking tape to tape the edges of the drop cloth to base molding for ultimate protection.
  • Wallpaper removal solvent – If you want to make the wallpaper removal process easier, you can purchase a solvent instead of just using warm water.
  • Water bucket, rags, and wall sponges – After removing the wallpaper, you’ll need to fully wipe and clean your walls for your painting project.

Things to Look Out For

You’ll be working on a wall that is most likely essential to the structure of your home. It’s important to keep an eye for how much water or solvent you’re using to avoid damaging your drywall. Your wallpaper removal process can become an expensive nightmare by using too much water, so try working in small sections to avoid the entire wall being soaked for long periods of time.

Skip the Removal

Wallpaper removal can be a tedious task and painting over the wallpaper can sound a lot easier than going through an entire process. Although this also involves preparation, it can be a simpler task that will skip damaging your walls if not done correctly.

You’ll need to inspect your walls before painting to ensure that all seams and bumps are sanded, walls are clean from dirt and grime, and the surface is primed. This will provide you with the best result and a brand-new look.

Work with an Expert

Removing wallpaper takes a lot of expertise and patience so we recommend working with an expert. The Painting Company will take the work out of your hands and also improve the look of your home with a fresh coat of paint to complete the makeover. Call us today to get a free quote!

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