Thursday, May 17, 2012

How to Remove Wall Paper

Painting a house is a major consideration. This is usually done to enhance the appearance and transform the mood of our living spaces. For many, conceptualizing what comprises the palette is easy. The trouble with painting a house is how we can actually make it perfect. One very particular problem is how to remove the wall paper before you start.

Your room may be covered with wallpaper from the ceiling down to the floor. How can you get rid of this so you can start applying colors?

Before trying to remove the wallpaper, be sure to have the following ready: a pail of water mixed with fabric conditioner, a paint roller and pan, a sponge, a scraper, a spray bottle, rags, and old newspapers.

Here are the steps to remove wallpaper:

1.      Cover the floor with old newspapers taped just a little above the floor molding. Like when painting a house, this will protect the floor from getting soaked. Tiny pieces of paper that’s difficult to clean up can fall here, too.
2.      Using the scraper, create holes and slits on the wallpaper. This increase absorption of moisture and weaken the adhesive. Be careful not to put so much force and scratch the wall as it may require repair later.
3.      Put ample amount of fabric conditioner to the pan. Dip the paint roller and use it to moisten the wall paper. It will help you control the amount of liquid used which may actually damage the wall and floor.
4.      Use the spray bottle filled with fabric conditioner to moisten the areas near the corners.  Like painting a house, this can’t be done with the roller.
5.      Repeat the application of the liquid in areas where you think is necessary. Inspect the wall for areas that remain unevenly wet.
6.      Let the fabric conditioner soak in for some time. Do not rush and start peeling right away. Wait until the paper softens.
7.      When the wall paper is soft enough to be stripped, peel and scrape off the rest. Let the scraped wallpaper off onto the newspaper taped to the molding. It will save you time from getting in and out of the room which may in turn let the parts dry up.
8.      After most of the parts are removed, use a sponge dipped in warm water to get rid of the excess adhesive on the wall.
9.      After the result is achieved, roll up the mess on the floor. Use the rags to wipe the moist that leaked.

Now that the wall paper is off, you are getting closer to achieving that look for your space. Before you apply colors to your walls, be sure to fill the holes and even the scratches. Do not just paint the areas immediately or else it will only look novice. Remember, that for a home project to look just as stunning as we want it to be, it takes preparation. Painting a house isn’t that tough after all, is it?