Do you want to change the wallpaper or remove it to paint the walls? The first and most difficult step is to remove the existing wallpaper. It’s not as simple as it sounds, but it can make your work a lot easier if you follow these simple steps.
Protect your flooring and furniture
The first step you need to do is to protect the furniture and the parquet. They will dirty very easily, and you can wet the wooden flooring, because the wallpaper removing process needs plenty of water.
Cover the furniture in plastic film, and then proceed the same way with the floor. Make sure the water doesn’t have access to the floor. You can fix the plastic foil with duct tape.
Peel the wallpaper
If your wallpaper started to peel off in certain places, you can try to peel it off for good. Even if you won’t be able to remove it completely, you’ll be able to remove much of it. Pull it lightly or use a spacer to ease your work.
Wet the wallpaper
The next step you need to do is to wet the wallpaper that remained on the walls. You can use a water sprayer. It is advisable to use hot water and add some fabric softener in it to remove it faster. Spray the walls generously until the wallpaper gets very wet.
Scrape off the wallpaper
When the wallpaper has softened, you can easily remove it with a splinter by scraping. If you scratch the wallpaper, and you notice that are several areas where it won’t detach, spray water until it softens, and resume the scraping process.
Wash the walls
Finally, wash the walls thoroughly and make sure there are no traces of wallpaper or adhesive. Insist on troubled areas. When the walls are completely clean, allow them to dry very well.
Only then can you start repairing it (if it’s necessary) so you can apply paint or another wallpaper.
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