How to strip wallpaper.

Before new wallpaper is hung, ensure the walls they’re going on are completely stripped of existing wallpaper, as well as any paste and residue from prior decor.

Getting Prepared
To begin with, tap your walls in numerous places to determine what they’re made of. If you hear a hollow sound, then you have drywall. Make sure that excessive amounts of liquids aren’t applied to your walls before wallpaper is removed. If no hollow sound is heard, you have plaster walls, which won’t be damaged from oversoaking.

Before starting, move furniture away to give you more room to work. Drop cloths should be laid out to make sure that furniture and flooring are safeguarded from potential messes.
Make sure every socket has plastic taped over it. Room outlet circuit breakers should be turned off since liquid has the potential to seep into sockets.

Wall Stripping

First Step: Establish the Type of Wallpaper
Try and peel a wallpaper corner away after loosening it. If it peels off intact, then you have strip-able wallpaper. It is easy to take this type of wallpaper down. Any remaining residue should be washed off with hot water and soap.
If a thin wallpaper layer is left behind, the walls will have to be soaked to loosen wallpaper adhesive. This should also be done if the wallpaper proves difficult to strip off.

Second Step: Wall Soaking
To effortlessly peel the wallpaper off (which will likely leave behind a thin wallpaper layer), have it soaked in water (hot) using paint rollers or sponges. The water should be left on the walls for about 10 minutes so that it’s absorbed into the wallpaper. Afterward, the paper can be peeled off the wall. Stripping knives can be used to separate wallpaper from a wall if required.

If you are unable to peel the wallpaper off a wall, you’ll need to get creative. Scoring tools can be used so that a stripping solution is able to soak wallpaper properly. From there, a solution should be created comprised of wallpaper stripper and hot water, as instructed on the product’s packaging. You can also soak walls using fabric softener (unscented) and hot water using a 1:1 ratio. The hot water should be comfortable enough for you to work with.

The solution should be applied to one wall section with a paint roller or sponge. For about 20 minutes, allow it to soak before stripping the wallpaper. If you need a hand, stripping knives can be quite useful. For drywall, the walls shouldn’t be soaked longer than 10 minutes. Work in small sections for the sake of keeping the wall optimally dry.

Suggestion: wallpaper adhesive can be loosened with a machine stripper (steam-powered), which can be rented.

Third Step: Wall Cleaning
After the wallpaper is removed, take away residual paste lingering on the walls. Wall patches should continue to be soaked anywhere residue remains using a stripping solution. Use the stripping knife to lift residue away gently. Doing so will keep the wall even so that a fresh coat of paint or another wallpaper layer can be added.

After lifting away any residual paste, the whole wall should be washed with soap and hot water. Use a rag or clean towel to dry it afterward.

Or if all of this is too much or you don’t have the time you can always get a professional in to do it for you. Love Colour Ltd offer wallpaper stripping as a service so contact us if you would like a free quote.

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