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How to Remove Painted Wallpaper: Follow Step by Step Guide

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Formerly decorating the walls with wallpaper was not an option, it was what it took, and therefore, you probably still think that putting wallpaper in one of the rooms of your home is outdated.

But make no mistake, today it is again a practical and indispensable decoration option to give a touch of style and original elegance to the walls of your house.

There are a lot of models and textures so you can choose the perfect one to dress your home and give it that decorative touch you need.

In today’s post, we will focus on how to remove painted wallpaper that was outdated or has deteriorated over time.

Removing wallpaper from a wall may seem like one of the most cumbersome and expensive tasks in home decoration, but it is nevertheless quite simple.

Although it should be noted that if you are one of those people who has been using wallpaper for years but has never removed it.

But has preferred to put layer upon layer, it is possibly quite difficult to get rid of all those layers that you were covering with other designs.

Logically, the easiest way is to put the new wallpaper on the old one, which will possibly be dirty and deteriorated. Although the task of getting rid of the wallpaper seems difficult, it is not entirely impossible.

In order to remove painted wallpaper, we must first take into account a series of details that we will tell you below.

Where to Use Wallpaper?

The wallpaper can be used in different rooms of a house, in the bedroom, living room, bedrooms, hall, corridors and so on. You can even use the wallpaper to give a decorative and different touch to your furniture thanks to a large number of designs and textures that are in the market.

It is not advisable to use wallpaper in the bathroom, in this room, since there is more humidity, if we place this wallpaper, it will take very little to break down and peel off. In a bathroom, it is always advisable to use tile.

In order to get rid of the wallpaper, we must first take into account a series of details.

What Kind of Wall do you have?

This factor is fundamental. If your wall is made of plaster, it will be easier to scrape the paper, since the wall is more resistant and supports the scratches or flakes that it may suffer in the attempt and it will be easier to condition it to replace the wallpaper or to paint it.

However, if we deal with a plasterboard wall (plasterboard), this material is more sensitive and therefore, is more exposed to damage during the removal of the wallpaper, especially when we use water, which is very necessary to be able to remove it.


How is your Wallpaper?

Lately, the manufacturers of wallpaper have been improving the quality of the paper and have also devised the perfect material so that its extraction is simple, immediate and without requiring much effort.

But if the paper you want to remove is an old wallpaper, you will have to soak it with water or mix it with a pickling solution to dissolve the glue attached to the wall.

How To Remove Painted Paper?

The main trick so that the result is fast and effective is to moisten the wall sufficiently so that the paper comes off without the plaster tearing or leaving pieces of this stuck in the paper.

For this you can use several methods, here we explain two of them, which we believe are more effective.

Remove the wallpaper with TEMPLATE: Tempering is a product that dissolves in water and in a few minutes forms a solution that causes the wallpaper to peel off the product easily, this solution is applied with a roller or sponge on the wall, this causes the paper to get wet and can take off without complications.

Remove wallpaper with VAPOR DECAPANT: This option would be the most professional. It consists of an electric machine that has a water tank, it boils and turns it into steam. The steam is applied to the wall with a kind of iron that softens and peels off the glue used to glue the wallpaper. While the steam is being applied, the paper must be removed with the help of a spatula.

With these methods you have to take into account that the plaster is under the paper and that it is softening, so after removing the wallpaper you have to let the wall air and dry so that you do not I got damaged

Remove Painted Paper Step By Step

Cover the floor of the area where you go to work, you can do it with old fabrics or with newspapers and past magazines.

This is important so that the floor of your house does not stain and the remains of wallpaper fall on it, in addition, it will be more comfortable when cleaning the area when you finish.

It is very important that you remove the switch plates and the sockets that are on the wall where you are going to work. if not, you will not be able to remove all the paper the way you want.

In addition, it is very important that you disconnect the electricity from the house since we are going to use water or steam to remove the paper and the water and electricity are not friends. be careful!

If you use a pencil or a punch to make small holes in the paper, the quenching solution mixed with water or steam will more easily penetrate the adhesive part of the paper.

If you decide to remove the wallpaper using tempera mixed with warm water, the task of spreading the entire mixture on the wall will be easier if you have or buy a spray bottle.

It is recommended that the water be warm or warm, so it is advisable to mix the solution is not very large quantities. Use the spray bottle to impregnate the entire wall, you should let the temper take effect for at least 15 minutes before removing the paper.

With the help of a spatula, take a corner of the paper and take off from the bottom up. Repeat this process until there is no paper left on the wall.

Finally, when the paper is completely removed, clean the walls using softener and warm water with the help of a sponge. When the wall is clean, let it dry.

When you are sure that the wall is completely dry you can paint that wall of your favorite color or if you want to re-apply wallpaper you should apply a good coat of primer on the wall.

We hope this post has helped you. Below are some of the products you will need to get rid of your wallpaper.

Brian Pierce

Brian Pierce is a professional gardener who has vast experience in gardening and home decorating. Being cultivating his skills, he has been to many home and garden related seminars of typical fashion. So, now he has decided to share his years of knowledge, experience, opinions, tips, and above all his hobby on the internet. Find him on Twitter here. Happy Reading!

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