How to Remove Wallpaper

July 24, 2017 6:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughtsWallpaper can add a certain flair to a room that regular paint just can’t match. That being said, there are also some wallpapers out there that are just plain ugly. If you’ve recently moved into an older home that has some ugly wallpaper, you’re probably going to want to remove it and either repaint the walls or choose a different type of wallpaper. While professionals are more than willing to remove that wallpaper for you, you can also do it yourself if you know how. Follow the following steps and tricks from your friendly paint store in Fleischmanns, NY to get that wallpaper down ASAP:
  • Try stripping it: The method you use for removing wallpaper all depends on the type of wallpaper used when it was originally hung up. If the installer used a strippable wallpaper, your task for removal won’t be very difficult at all. To determine if it’s strippable, use a knife to pull up a small section of the wallpaper and slowly drag it down at an angle. Be sure to keep both hands close to the lifting edge to reduce the risk of tearing the paper. If the wallpaper comes off easily without leaving behind any adhesive, your job will be done in no time!
  • Use wallpaper paste and soak the wall: If the wallpaper didn’t come off in one fell swoop like you hoped, you’ll have to head to a paint store in Fleischmanns, NY to purchase a few tools to help with the job. The first item you’ll want to pick up is wallpaper paste. Mix the paste with water and apply a coat of it to the wall. Let the water soak the wall for a few minutes, and then try to remove the paper with a scraper. The paste and water mixture should help soften the wallpaper and make it much easier to take off.
  • Use chemicals: Your wallpaper removal task may be quite a bit more difficult if the wallpaper has been painted over. After all, you won’t be able to simply strip it, and wallpaper paste is ineffective when applied over paint. If that’s the case, buy a chemical stripper from a hardware store to get the paint off quickly. Then, you should be able to use either of the above methods to remove the underlying wallpaper. Be sure to use gloves when applying the stripper, though—those chemicals can easily burn your hands. If you’d like to take a less abrasive approach, try fabric softener. Just mix one cap-full of fabric softener with one quart of water and use a sponge to apply the solution onto the wallpaper. Let that soak for 20 minutes and try to remove the paper. It’s an easy way to remove wallpaper without risking injuring yourself.
Follow these steps and you’ll have that wallpaper down in no time at all. Once it’s off, visit Wadler Bros. Inc. Our paint store in Fleischmanns, NY has a vast selection of paint colors and other supplies you’ll need to refresh your walls. We carry the top brands of paint and all of the tools you’ll need to get any job done!

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