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Wallpaper Removal: All You Need to Know

Written by David | April 28, 2023

Wallpaper adds a stylish and decorative touch to your home. Unfortunately, over time, it would start to peel and look unsightly. While removing wallpaper may not be the most exciting task to take on, with the right tools and techniques it can be a straightforward and rewarding process. Here’s a guide on all you need to know about wallpaper removal.

Why Remove Wallpaper?

There are several reasons why you should remove wallpaper from your walls. With time, wallpaper can become outdated and become an eyesore. If you plan on painting the walls, you must first remove the wallpaper for a smooth and even finish. Removing wallpaper will also allow you to inspect your surfaces for any damage or repairs that may need to be done.

What Tools and Materials Do I Need?

Before you start the wallpaper removal process, you need to gather the necessary tools and materials. Here are some essential items you will need:

  • Wallpaper scraper or putty knife
  • Wallpaper removal solution
  • Bucket or spray bottle
  • Drop cloths or plastic sheeting
  • Stepladder
  • Sandpaper

The Wallpaper Removal Process

Prepare the room

First on the list is to clear the room of any furniture or objects. This will also be the step where you’ll need to cover the floor with drop cloths or plastic sheeting to protect it from wallpaper scraps or water (and ensure a quick cleanup).

Test a small area

Before you start the wallpaper removal process, test a small area of the wallpaper to see how it reacts to the removal solution. This will help you determine how much time and effort it will take to remove the wallpaper. If you bought different types of removal solutions, you’ll also be able to see which one is the most effective.

Apply the removal solution

Now that you’ve got the preparation steps down, it’s time to apply the wallpaper removal solution using a spray bottle or a roller. Let the solution soak into the wallpaper for the recommended amount of time before you start scraping.

Remove the wallpaper

Once the removal solution has absorbed into the wallpaper, use a wallpaper scraper or putty knife to gently scrape the wallpaper off the wall. Start at the bottom of the wall and work your way up. Also, be careful not to damage the wall surface. 

Repeat the process

If the wallpaper is not coming off easily, repeat the process by applying more removal solution and waiting for it to soak in before attempting to scrape it off again.

Clean the wall

Once you have removed all the wallpaper, clean the wall surface with a damp sponge or cloth. Mix hot water, liquid dish soap, and some baking soda, and use this as your cleaning solution. This should be enough to remove any glue residue from the walls. Once done, allow the wall to try.

Sand the wall

Now that you’ve got a blank canvas, use sandpaper to smoothen out any imperfections or rough patches on the wall surface. This will prepare your walls for whatever you have planned for it next.

Removing wallpaper can be a straightforward process if you have the right tools and if you follow the steps above. But if you find the process too challenging, you can always get professional wallpaper removal services to make it easy for you. 

Professional Wallpaper Services in Chicago’s Golden Corridor

Getting professional wallpaper removal services is the best option because they know how to do it efficiently and effectively. 

Professional wallpaper removers know the proper techniques for removing wallpaper without damaging the walls, and they have access to specialized tools and solvents that make the job easier and faster. Attempting to remove wallpaper on your own is time-consuming, messy, and frustrating, especially when you come across stubborn areas. 

By hiring professionals, you can save time, avoid unnecessary damage to your walls, and ensure that the job is done right the first time.

About D’Franco Painting and Wallpaper

At D’Franco Painting and Wallpaper, we understand the hassle and frustration that can come with removing outdated or damaged wallpaper from your walls. That’s why we offer professional wallpaper removal and installation services to help transform your home quickly and efficiently. 

Our skilled team has the experience and tools necessary to remove old wallpaper and prepare your walls for a fresh, smooth, and new look. We use high-quality materials and techniques to ensure a smooth and even wall surface for wallpaper installation. 

Whether you’re looking to update a single room or your entire home, our team is committed to providing excellent customer service and quality workmanship. Trust us to handle your wallpaper removal and installation needs with the utmost care and attention to detail.

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