Wallpaper Stripping for the DIY homeowners
wallpaper for a homeowner can be a very difficult task. Wallpaper removal can prove difficult and time consuming. Using this simple to follow wallpaper removal guide will make your project much easier.
- Cover the floor with a medium to heavy duty plastic.
- Tape up the baseboards and connect the plastic to the portion of tape that overlap.
- Place tape over outlets and shut off circuit breakers for the room. The covers can be removed later and the wallpaper can be removed underneath with a moist rag.
- Fill a pump sprayer with hot water and add a few drops of dish detergent. This breaks down the glue behind the paper.
- This step is the key. Far too many homeowners do this step wrong and end up frustrated or defeated. Select a section of wall about 6 x 8 feet and start spraying. Saturate the entire wall very well making sure the water is contained at the floor level with tarps or plastic. After spray wait 5 minutes and repeat the process. When it is sprayed a second time you can begin pulling the edges of the paper to see how it responds. If you are getting decent sized pieces, start removing and re-spray the wall every 5 minutes to keep it wet. If the paper is coming off difficult continue the process of spraying and removing every 5 minutes. This may be a long process but you have begun removing the edges of the paper and it will become easier the longer you are at it. Sometimes it just takes time. I have found no method or trick that works better than this process.
Here are some videos of the process I mentioned.