Title: 5 Steps To Stripping Wallpaper
As any homeowner understands, home maintenance can be very difficult work. Not only is owning a home very expensive, but it also leads you to a number of projects and tasks that you never could have foreseen when buying your home. Of course, for some of the unforeseen difficulties, you have safeguards in place. For example, home security systems can alert you to break-ins or dangerous substances like gas and fire; Aviva home insurance can help you to pay for sudden and unavoidable theft or damages. But you’ll have to deal with other things a bit more directly – for example, what if you decide to re-do your wallpaper?
Every now and then, a room simply needs an upgrade. Whether it’s to keep the atmosphere in your house fresh, to replace a damaged or dirty wall, or simply a creative activity, this can mean replacing wallpaper. And, replacing current wallpaper is a lot more complicated than simply ripping it down. Here is a five step do it yourself guide to removing wallpaper.
Step 1: Get The Room Ready
Treat this like you might treat a paint job. Cover up or remove the furniture, unscrew the covers on outlets, and put sheets or cloth at the base of all of the walls. Additionally, bring in stand-alone lighting so that you can turn off any electricity that comes through the room’s outlets.
Step 2: Score The Wallpaper
This step involves a specific tool that allows you to make tiny holes in your wallpaper without damaging the wall behind it. These holes are important for the following steps.
Step 3: Apply Solution To The Walls
Your solution can be purchased in a store, or made using a combination of hot water and fabric softener. Once you have your solution, spray it onto your wallpaper, where it will saturate the paper through the holes you made. Keep the solution as warm as possible, and be sure not to spray too large of an area at a time, as the wallpaper should be soaked for stripping. Once you finish a given area, you can move on and apply solution to the next area.
Step 4: Strip Wallpaper
Once a section of wallpaper is soaked, you can begin to peel it. Ideally, you should begin at the bottom corner. Peel very lightly, and use a flat, flexible tool such as a putty knife, or even a spatula, to help you if necessary. Continue this process for each additional section.
Step 5: Scrub & Clean The Walls
Once you have stripped the wallpaper, your walls may be dirty, and there will almost certainly be some small fragments of paper remaining. Scrub carefully but firmly with hot water and detergent to clean off any remaining residue, and then rinse and dry your walls until they are clean and dry.