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Removing Wallpaper

Removing Wallpaper, a Lot Easier than It Used to Be

When someone mentions wallpaper, all of us instantly get a bit of a negative thought. Wallpaper unfortunately carries bad connotations of outdated floral patterns that are difficult to remove. Wallpaper has come a long way over the year, but unfortunately, sometimes it can be difficult to overcome a bad reputation.

Most newer wallpapers are much easier to remove than the older materials. Many of them have a vinyl backing that easily peels off with just a little coaxing. To remove, simply spray with a little removal solution. You can make your own solution out of warm water and vinegar, or purchase a chemical remover at a paint store.

If you are unlucky enough to be dealing with some of the older wallpaper, more extensive procedures for removal may be required. Begin by scoring the wallpaper with a wallpaper scoring tool. They are fairly inexpensive and can be found at paint stores and most hardware stores. The small blade makes cuts in the wallpaper without damaging the drywall beneath. After the wall has been scored, spray a strong removal solution and allow to soak for at least 25 minutes. Then begin peeling the paper a piece at a time. There is a good chance it will only come off in small strips, so be prepared for a long and tedious process. For extra stubborn paper, you may need to rent a steam-powered remover.

Removing wallpaper is never fun, but thankfully a lot easier than it used to be. Make sure once all of the paper is gone that you also carefully remove any glue residue on the wall. Before repainting, you should seal the wall with a quality primer as the paint might be more prone to cracking and peeling if there is any residual from the wallpaper.

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