5 Tips to Remove Wallpaper While Keeping Walls Clean

5 Tips to Remove Wallpaper While Keeping Walls CleanDo you want to remove your wallpaper, but are intimidated by the daunting task? Well, you don’t have to be, since it’s actually easier than you expect. Just follow these helpful tips to have your walls looking as good as new again.

  1. Prep Your Space

Before you begin to remove the wallpaper, cover the floors and remove artwork or anything else from your walls, using plastic sheeting. You can tape the sheets to the baseboard to cover the floors. You might have to keep towels nearby to absorb the water when it drips off the walls.

It’s recommended to remove all furniture from the room you’re working on, if possible, so as to avoid any damage since it could be a messy process. If you can’t take the furniture out of the room, just move everything to the center and use plastic sheets once more to cover the pieces.

  1. Determine Whether Your Wallpaper Can Strip off Easily

You want to start out by testing a small, inconspicuous area on your wall by using a scraper or knife to pull wallpaper off a small section of the wall. Tuck the blade under a paper and pry up the wallpaper while using both hands close to the wall.

While many types of wallpaper can easily be stripped off, some others are a little more stubborn to remove.If you find that the piece you attempt to remove strips off with minimal effort without leaving any adhesive,then you might be able to strip off all of the wallpaper just once.

  1. Loosen the Persistent Wallpaper

For the more stubborn wallpaper, you should use soap and hot water to soak the paper. Be sure to use gloves to protect your hands. You can use a sponge to apply the water so you can better monitor how much water is applied, and use a floor mop for the higher sections of the walls.

Let the water soak the area for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then, use the scraper to try to gently peel the paper off to check if it’s soft enough to remove. If the paper still isn’t loose enough, you might have to apply more water, as many times as necessary until the paste is softened.

However, although some walls,such as plaster, can handle absorbing hot water, other types can get damaged easily. So, it’s crucial not to go over the mentioned time frame for soaking the hot water at a time.

  1. Scrape off the Backing and Smooth out the Walls

 Use the scraper or a malleable metal spatula to scrape the leftovers on the wall. Be sure not to press the spatula aggressively as that could scratch or even create a groove in the wall.

Once you’re done using a blade, apply a gel stripper to areas that remain covered in stubborn paste, and scrape them off until all of the paste is gone. Once the adhesive is entirely removed from the walls, you can use water to rinse the wall until it’s totally smooth.

  1. Start Painting and Keep Your Space Clean

If you do happen to leave any hollows or damage that need repair, patch them up and sand the wall. Now, you’re ready to rest and start painting the walls. For more information on how you can keep your home or office clean, contact 1st Class Cleaning today, and we’ll be happy to help answer any of your questions.

 

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