Best way to strip wallpaper

December 20th, 2012

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.

A to Z of decorating

July 22nd, 2012

Here’s our fun A to Z of painting and decorating

A – Attention to detail

Whatever aspect of your painting and decorating you carry out always take time to look for the little things that could make all the difference.

B – Brushes

Brushes are really important, don’t buy cheap, a good quality set of brushes makes your decorating job so much easier and gets you a great finish.

C – Cleaning

Keep those brushes and rollers clean when you have finished with them, they will last for many projects if you give them a good wash when you have finished.

D – Decorators Caulk

Really important for filling those uneven gaps and bumps around your windows and skirting boards. East to apply with a glue gun and smooth over with your finger in the corners.

E – Expertise

No point doing a job if you don’t know how, learn the trade or hire someone who knows what they are doing. Painting looks easy but for a perfect finish you need to know what you are doing.

F – Flooring

Keep all your floors covered with paint proof sheeting, this will ensure you don’t spoil your flooring or walk paint through to other rooms in the house.

G – Grain

When wallpapering be sure to match pattern free wallpaper so all the grain is running in the same direction.

H – Hard work

Put in the time and effort and you will get your desired results, no painting job can be done quickly if you want it to look great, take time when cutting in and you will get a perfect finish.

I – Inspiration

Get inspired, research colour schemes and what will look good in your room, if you can’t get inspired or don’t know where to start then seek professional advise.

J – Joey

Get yourself one, also good to have some labour to assist you in cleaning and preparing, making brews, and its always nice to have someone to talk to.

K – kneepads

A MUST when painting skirting boards and low down areas, protect your knees from aches and pains. You can pick a pair up for a fiver at B&Q.

L – Lighting

Good light is important when decorating, natural light is the best, light is needed to show up any defects, lumps, bumps or bad areas of painting.

M – Motivation

No point starting if you aren’t motivated, its important that you WANT to do it before you start, poor motivation will lead to incomplete jobs, and a bad finish. Recipe for disaster.

N – No cutting corners

There is no room for cheating when decorating your home, cutting corners will lead to poor quality jobs, always ensure you cover every aspect of what is needed before you start.

O – Originality

Be original, look for inspiration on google, do something that no one has seen before for that wow factor, coloured ceilings are a great way of creating an amazing effect in rooms. don’t be afraid to try something different.

P – Preparation

Be prepared, get all the tools you need before your start, overalls, dust masks, brushes, pads, stepladders, rollers, sheeting for the floor, caulk, masking tape, and most importantly a radio.

Q – Quality Products

That’s right quality products, a cheap tub of paint will mean more coats, a poor finish and overall a poor finish. pay for the best paints and you will get great coverage, opacity and most of all, a vibrant, fresh great looking finished room.

R – Right tools

Got to have the right tools, and have them ready before you start, don’t be caught short without the equipment you need. Stanley knife, paints, pads and rollers, brushes, sandpaper and a scraper.

S – Sponge

A sponge can be a life saver, a damp sponge is perfect if you ever make a mistake while cutting in.

T – Time

Plan your time carefully and you can set yourself targets so you can get an idea on how long different aspects of the job will take, time to do the job is as important as having the skills to do it.

U – Undercoat

Don’t be tempted to not use undercoat on freshly plastered walls or woodwork. using a good quality undercoat will ensure the topcoat finish is of the highest quality.

V – Value for money

We said it earlier and we will say it again, paying that extra money for good quality products makes more sense than buying poor products, you pay more but get better value for money all the time.

W – wallpapering

Wallpapering is not a job for everyone and takes time, skill and experience, so if your not qualified don’t do it or you could be throwing your money away, a qualified decorator is always best for wallpapering jobs.

X – eXpensive

Getting your decorating done by a trader can be expensive so make sure you get a few quotes and decide on a budget before you start, a good painter and decorator will work with you to get  your desired results within you budget.

Y – You can do it

Yes you can, with a little knowledge and a bit of practise you can transform your run down house to a beautiful home.

Z – Zingzillas

I struggled for a Z so if you have young kids stick the telly on and keep them out of the way, we don’t want any accidents.
Written by Stuart Gardner

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