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How To Remove Wallpaper – Easy Method

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How To Remove Wallpaper

Are you tired of the outdated look your home has because of the existing wallpaper and would like o know how to remove wallpaper the easy way? We have the answer for you! At first, it can seem very overwhelming looking at the task at hand but I assure you it’s not.The trick is to use a lot of water! The goal is it to soak the paper as much as you can. This will make it soft and easy to remove in most cases. In addition to water, you can add a product called “Diff” glue remover. It breaks up the glue behind the wallpaper and makes life so much easier. In order to do so, you will have to really soak the wallpaper so that the Diff can reach the glue.

What is the fastest way to remove wallpaper?

There are a few different ways that seem to be the fastest way to remove wallpaper.

Some say using a steamer is the fastest way.

Others say scraping and peeling is.

In my personal experience, soaking the paper in a solution until it softens up is the most efficient and fastest way to remove wallpaper.

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T0 easily remove wallpaper you will need the right tools.

There is a tool called “The Paper Tiger” (Click To See On Amazon) you can get at Wal-Mart and Home Depot for a few bucks

This tool has small wheels with sharp teeth on a rotating base and will score the existing wallpaper by penetrating it and leaving tiny holes. 

Without applying much pressure, use the Paper tiger the same you would use a sponge to clean your walls from top to bottom. 

The sharp teeth of the wheels will puncture or “score” the wallpaper. 

Again, not much pressure is needed.

The tool will do what it needs to while you just guide it, ensuring you score as much wallpaper as you can. 

The Diff can then easily get behind the wallpaper through those holes. 

It will then start to break up the glue that is bonding the wallpaper to your walls. 

The only downside is that you will have to fill those holes with a skim coat of joint compound afterward. 

If you can get away with just soaking the wallpaper instead of scoring it, I would suggest you do so. 

If not, no biggie, skim coating the wall can easily be done with a 12-inch trowel and some drywall joint compound.

Soak Your Wallpaper Before Removing It

When soaking your wallpaper we suggest you soak it twice with a minimum of 15-20 minutes in between. 

The goal is to keep your walls wet at all times. 

Sometimes a room will be too big to accomplish this but it helps a lot if you keep them soaked.

Next, you can start peeling the corners and remove as much wallpaper as you can by hand. 

In most cases, you will then see a brown backing paper left on the walls. 

Keep soaking those spots as you go so that by the time you get back to those they will already be soft and loose. 

After you remove whatever you can by hand you can then start removing what’s left with a scraper tool

A 6-inch spackle knife works great. 

Just keep soaking the walls! 

You want the paper to be wet as you remove it. 

If one spot is too difficult to remove just soak it again and move to the next section. 

Let it sit for 5-10 minutes then come back and it should come off easily.

After Removing Your Wallpaper

After you removed your wallpaper you then want to make sure there is no glue residue left.

If you look real close to an angle you will see any spots that still have glue residue. 

You will notice dry /flaky spots that kind of look like shedding skin

Soak the walls one more time and use your scraper tool to remove any residue. 

The next step is optional but at 518 Painters we skim coat the entire walls to fill in any imperfections. 

Once your walls are dry you can then use 220 grit sanding paper or a fine sanding block remove whatever is left on your walls. .

You should now have a smooth and even surface.

Next, you will have to prime your walls before painting. 

We suggest Zinsser Gardz (Click To See On Amazon) in this case. 

It is a bonding primer for problem surfaces and will bond any residue that you missed and ensure that your paint will not peel after it cures. 

It will also seal your skim coat and patches of joint compound. 

Sealing your walls and skim coat/patches will not only give you a better and more even finish on your topcoat. 

It also prevents moisture from getting into your drywall and spreading, causing damage to your walls and possibly growing mildew or even mold

We suggest a 3/8 inch microfiber roller to get a smooth and even finish.

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