Q: How can I take down wallpaper withouting ruining my walls?
I started taking down the hideous wallpaper that the former owners of my house put it and I noticed that they wallpapered right onto the drywall. How can I get take down the wallpaper without ruining the drywall underneath?
A: Water is your best friend to remove wallpaper
Whenever I have to remove wallpaper for a customer, I always tell them up front that some damage is inevitable, but you can minimize it. first, make sure to cover the floors with plastic and secure it to the base. Next, get a wallpaper scorer to cut tiny holes into the wallpaper - this allows the water to get to the gluse and loosen it from the wall and the more the better. Finally, wet the walls a LOT. I usually use a garden-type sprayer on medium pressure to soak the wallpaper - sometimes more than once. Once the wallpaper starts to bubble up, you can carefully start to pull it off in sheets. If it still seems stuck hard to the drywall you may have to re-wet it some more. After the paper is off, make sure to scrape any glue residue from the walls before you start the process of fixing any divets you may have with drywall mud, prime then paint.
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A: No Damage to Wall Surface, Removing Wallpaper
Many times the building contractor's plans called for wallpaper during the building. There by, not needing drywall texture. Once wallpaper is removed, plan on some kind of drywall texture to match the rest of wall surfaces of home. Easy to tell if wallpaper has texture underneath, by rubbing hand hard against dry wallpaper surface. If real smooth, surface has no texture. Keep in mind, removing wallpaper requires removing adhesive which can cause more texture to be applied before painting for textured walls.
Spending countless man hours removing wallpaper over the years, we invested in a Wagner Wallpaper Steamer for about $50.00. One gallon of Deft goes a long way with this contraption, making wallpaper removal a walk in the park, without damage to drywall surfaces. Yes, a Paper Tiger is still on the agenda, but no where near the amount of water needed to lift off wallpaper. Using this will save aprox. 75% labor hours removing w/p. Thoroughly clean Wagner Steamer for many years of use. I was at first reluctant buying such retail item, but after 1 use, I'm sold on it, from a painting contractors standpoint.
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