Ready to tackle the job of removing wallpaper? Believe it or not, learning how to remove wallpaper is not as complicated as you may think – provided you follow the proper technique. Use this beginner’s guide to removing wallpaper to make the job much easier. When done correctly, you can be finished removing wallpaper in as little as one day.
Over the last decade, wallpaper has fallen by the wayside. While once a virtual requirement in most new homes, wallpaper is very rarely used in new construction today. What has happened, though, is that homeowners are left feeling stuck with the wallpaper on their walls simply because they don’t want to undergo the tedious task of learning how to remove wallpaper. Yes, wallpaper is a pain to remove. Removing wallpaper is time consuming, and it can be a bit messy, but it can be done in much less time with the use of a wallpaper steamer.
Briefly, allow me to explain how to use a wallpaper steamer. There are many different makes and models, but all work virtually the same. A container is typically located at the bottom, which is filled with tap water. The unit is plugged in and set aside until steam rises from the plate. The plate is tethered to the wallpaper steamer by a long cord, which allows you to freely move to different areas of the room. When steam rises from the plates, it indicates that the wallpaper steamer is ready to use. To use a wallpaper steamer, simply place the plate closely to (but not against) the wall and allow it to steam off the wallpaper. What is happening during this process, is the steam is reactivating the glue on the back of the paper, allowing it to easily come away from the wall.
There are many benefits to using a wallpaper steamer. These benefits include:
– Drastically reduce the amount of time you spend removing wallpaper.
– Less mess, as a wallpaper steamer will pull off large sections of wallpaper at a time.
– Removing wallpaper with a steamer is much less labor intensive.
– There is not risk in gouging the walls when you use a wallpaper steamer.
– Less patch-up work is involved once the wallpaper is removed.
– No harsh chemicals are required to use a wallpaper steamer.
– Clean up is a breeze.
It should be noted that there are other methods you can use to learn how to remove wallpaper, but they are not as effective as using a wallpaper steamer. Take it from me – a person who once managed a wallpaper store – do not waste your time or money on these products. At our store, we sold all sorts of different wallpaper removal products, which would have earned our store money if we sold them. However, I was constantly steering customers AWAY from these products. Why? Because they just don’t work. Instead, my recommendation was to either purchase a wallpaper steamer or rent one.
Renting vs. buying – Which is best?
In most cases, buying a wallpaper steamer will cost about the same as renting., which is why I recommend just buying one. At most home improvement stores, you can buy a compact steamer for under $ 50.00. These units are typically smaller than one you would rent, and they aren’t as heavy so they are easier to handle anyway.
When learning how to remove wallpaper, follow this additional advice:
– Wear old clothing as the wallpaper glue can ruin your clothes.
– Use a ventilation mask when removing wallpaper. The glue can enter your nasal cavities and cause irritation.
– If using a wallpaper steamer, wear long sleeves to prevent burns
Additional supplies needed for removing wallpaper include:
Putty knife – Helps to pry off any stubborn pieces of paper.
Drop cloth – Keeps floors clean and glue-free.
Trash bag – Pick up paper as you go to reduce clean up time.
Step stool – You’ll be doing a lot of reaching above your head.
Bucket of water and a sponge – Walls will need to be wiped down after the wallpaper is removed.
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