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Wallpaper elimination can seem overwhelming, however, with a few easy supplies and the right technique, it doesn’t have to be scary.

Prep Your Space

Clean your space prior to removing wallpaper. Follow these tips to secure your space:

Ensure that your room is organized and clean before you start.

Push all household furniture to the center of the room and cover it with plastic. If you can take it out of the room great!

Use drop cloths to help keep the floors shielded from any paint or water damage. Shield your baseboards with painter’s tape.

Take a minimal piece of painter’s tape and cover outlets to secure them from water entering. For added safety measures, turn off electric power at your breaker panel for the room you happen to be working in. Obtain additional light by using a light and an extension cord from another room.

Plan for an entire day or weekend to remove your wallpaper. Different types of wallpaper can come off easier than others. It’s hard to decide how long it will take until you begin and discover what you will be working with.


Did you know there's 4 different kinds of wallpaper? The four kinds are traditional wallpaper, peel and stick, a removable top layer and also strippable wallpaper. Since every single wallpaper has unique elimination characteristics, it is necessary to figure out what style you have.

The strippable type will easily come away from the wall in whole sheets.

Traditional wallpaper is removed in tinier fragments and is harder to remove.

Peel and stick wallpaper will come off rather efficiently in full sheets.

The type of wallpaper that has a detachable layer on top can annoyingly leave the paper backing on your wall after the top layer is removed..

This tends to feel irritating once you discover it is what you're working with; however, there are techniques to simplify the process.

1. Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Peel and stick types have become preferred in the market merely because they offer easy installation and residue-free removal. Commence removing from the top corner by removing the wallpaper down gently and firmly in a parallel way. You can recycle this product in another location when you pull it down gently and carefully.

Make certain you take your time and work steadily without being hurried because over-stretching it will wreck it beyond repair. Don't allow the sticky ends of the wallpaper to touch each other if you are trying to reserve it for reinstallation elsewhere. It is quite difficult to separate the pieces if they are allowed to touch each other.

2. Strippable Wallpaper

York Wallcoverings supplies Sure Strip Wallpaper, our easiest type to remove. It has been made with a pre-pasted backing making it easy and quick to take off. Use a scraper or utility blade to peel back a small top section.

When you have secured a small piece, pull the rest of the sheet straight down. Position your hands near the portion of the wall where it's attached. A water-filled spray bottle will probably be your closest friend to keep on hand so that you can activate the paste. Repeat with the outstanding sheets of wallpaper. Loosen any paste employing a water bottle or sponge if you happen to be finding dry or difficult sections. If you have any residual paste, simply wipe the walls down with some dish detergent mixed into warm water.

3. Traditional Wallpaper

The sort of wallpaper that a lot of people dread dealing with is Traditional wallpaper. Using the appropriate equipment and some patience will have you working through it very quickly. Take a wallpaper scoring tool and poke miniature holes everywhere in the wallpaper surface. This method allows the wallpaper remover solution and water to reach through to the underlying paste.

Blend hot water or wallpaper remover and douse the punctured wallpaper in 3-foot sections to simplify removal. Your neighborhood hardware store or online is the best place to find wallpaper remover. Otherwise, you can make your own removal option by simply mixing either fabric softener or vinegar together with hot water. Lots of people enjoy using wallpaper steamer machines which can be rented from your local hardware store.

If you'll be applying the wallpaper on top of drywall directly, ensure you don’t over-saturate the wall surface. Additional wetness can establish extensive damage. To avoid damaging the drywall, use a spackling knife or a scraper to softly eliminate the wallpaper. Wipe away any extra residue with a solution of warm water plus dish detergent.

4. Wallpaper with a Peelable Top Layer

Wallpaper with a Peelable Top layer is often made from vinyl that is often taken off while the backing stays on your wall. This wallpaper demands a two-step removal that commences with taking the top layer off of the wall first. Depend on warm water and a spray bottle or sponge or cloth if any parts get stuck. Any backing layers that are stuck on will come away much easier with wallpaper remover. Be very careful as you scrape the paper from the walls. Utilize a detergent and water solution to remove any residue with a cloth or sponge.

Finishing Up

Provide your wall two to three days of drying out time after your wallpaper elimination process is complete. If you can provide a couple of fans running to confirm adequate air circulation, it is a good idea. Your space shall be ready for recovering in a few days. Hang your new wallpaper and enjoy your brand-new vibes. Move your furnishings back and enjoy!

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