When you're ready to paint or wallpaper a room, the thought of removing existing wallpaper can be daunting. Some people eliminate this seemingly overwhelming step and decide to paint or paper right over the wallpaper that's there, which may create problems down the road. And if the wallpaper underneath starts to peel, you'll be spending much more effort and money in the years to come repairing and patching.
Wallpaper removal takes work, but it's worth while in the long run. With the technics below, you will be much less likely to significantly damage the walls, making the whole process less stressful. Once you prepare your room (cover carpeting and furniture, and remove window treatments, wall hangings and nails), you're ready to begin.
You can save a lot of time and effort if the wallpaper you're removing is a newer strippable paper. You can test it by loosening a corner of the paper and pulling. If it pulls off without damaging the wall beneath, you're in luck - just keep pulling until the entire sheet comes off, and do this with every strip of paper.
If you discover that the wallpaper isn't strippable, there are a few choices:
There are different challenges for drywall and plaster, so it is important to know what type of wall you are working with. If you want to make sure the job is correctly and efficiently, contact us; we'd be happy to discuss your project with you.
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