Designer Wallpaper Sometimes Shares the Same Fate - They Are Removed

All of us at least once have faced with dilemma of considering whether to take wallpapers off the walls or to leave them even if redecorating a room. We can predict what you may say – kind of “I can save lots of my time if I just paste a new designer wallpaper over or to strip the old ones off the walls.

Both ways are possible with just one condition: you should be well-prepared to get good results and not to be left disappointed. You do understand what saves time now will probably look not the way that you want it to. And the truth is that pasting over a new even the best and unique wallpaper has never been ideal.

It doesn’t matter what good look the existing wallpaper has and in which room you are making replacing of old wallpapers to designer wallcovering, we cannot know its reaction to moisture, and if it could bear the weight and tension of the new wallpaper applied over the old one. And, on top of that, you never know what can lurk underneath. On the contrary, stripping allows you to check if there are any imperfections, cracks and how good the plaster condition is.

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This is a short check list that you should stick to when thinking over about removing wallpapers:

  •         Wallpapers peel away easily from wall, bubbles are visible and corners are loose
  •         Wallpapers look tired and fatigued, there are stains on them, and the marks are evident
  •         Wallpapers should be changed for designer wallpaper, as existing ones are out of fashion (or you may be just fed up with them)

If to any of these sure-fire issues the answer is yes, be sure then that you need to replace old wallpaper with the new designer wallpaper. Of course, you may try to hide some imperfections with decorating walls; however, it won’t last for a long time. But for the best result we recommend you to remove the old paper from walls in order to create a new picture on the wall with new designer wallpaper, flawless canvas and unique finish.

So, what is the procedure of removing wallpapers from the walls? Let’s go step-by-step.

  1.    Before you start all the process of wallpaper removal, find the most inconspicuous corner and remove a small part of it with a metal scraper (hopefully, there won’t be too many layers). In such a way you will have a better idea of the time you may need for doing this work. Sometimes this can even change your plans
  2.    Use dust sheets and special tape with the purpose of floor and furniture protection
  3.    Turn electricity off in the apartment in case you need to strip wallpaper in places close to sockets and switches
  4.    The place where you should start is the ceiling corner, not far from radiators or under the light switch – i.e. in the place where paper became loose because of heat, wearing off or tearing
  5.    Take the edge of the wallpaper and forge out from wall in order to leave backing. In case you want to remove paste-the-wallpaper, then you may find out that both base and the top are taken off in a go
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  1.    Both existing wallpapers and the new ones should be soaked with a paste for wallpapers. It will significantly ease your work.
  2.    As soon as you remove the top layer, take some soapy water of the room temperature (or a little bit higher), let either sponge or a brush to get soaked with it, and apply it to the backing off. It absorbs the moisture (for approximately 15 minutes) and gets the adhesive soften. In case it dries out, repeat the procedure of applying soapy water to it and wait for 5-7 minutes again.

There is a good tip from the pros: with the help of scorer make holes in paper in order to let the solution be absorbed into adhesive base faster. If you want results to be reached quicker, use one-to-one concentration of hot soapy water and commercially prepared fabric softener.  

  1.    For wallpaper saturation use a spray bottle. Don’t take large areas at once; spray just a place on the wall that you will be able to strip easily for fifteen minutes period.

As an option, think about a steam stripper for wallpaper removal, especially if some parts are very difficult to be removed, or there are too many layers to be taken off.

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  1.    Next step is scraping off the backing with a metal scraper. Note! Don’t be very aggressive when using metal scraper, otherwise you may damage the walls. In case you already did that, use a small amount of filler to fix this.
  2.   If there are some remains of paste or some leftovers of backing, and you can’t remove it at once, then try scraping it of as much as it is possible, let it dry, and after sand the excess remains off. If you don’t do that, in the future these imperfections can significantly spoil the view of designer wallpaper on the walls.
  3.   Prepare a mix of dish detergent ( a tablespoon of it) and hot as much as it is possible water. The sponge should be clean, and all the traces of adhesive should be removed. With a damp sponge, wipe the walls over to be sure that they are clean and smooth.  

                Remember! Before you make re-wallpapering, always strip the walls!

What tools and materials are you going to need for the entire process described above? Here is the list:

  •         Dish wash detergent
  •         Solvent for removing wallpaper
  •         Metal scraper
  •         Spray bottle
  •         Protective film
  •         Step ladder
  •         Sponge
  •         Putty knife

Yes, the process of wallpapers removing is never excitement and fun. But if you have got the right tools, lots of patience, and necessary knowledge at least at the level of little know-how, you can successfully remove the old wallpaper and replace it with new designer wallpaper.

For  some of us removing wallpapers may seem even scary, but if you follow guides and tips of how-to-do-it, all you will need then will be just patience.

To find out more about designer and unique wallpapers, visit Mahones Wallpaper Shop website.

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