When it comes to wall renovation, people are often met with the problem of dealing with wallpaper. Whether you want to give your walls a new layer of paint, or want to replace your wallpaper, you are in for a lot of work. Both painting and dealing with wallpaper can be very tiring and time-consuming, but at same time it’s a job that can often be done without the help of professionals. If you are doing a thorough renovation of your home, chances are your budget is already under a lot of stress. You might want to reduce that stress, by taking a do-it-yourself approach on your walls.
If your walls are already covered in wallpaper, you might be considering the option to just leave it and paint or apply second wallpaper over it. While it is possible, this is in most cases not advisable due to few reasons:
– Existing wallpaper may be hiding damage to walls. And while it may be true that this layer of wallpaper may be the last line of defense holding a damaged section and a thing that can preserve the wall in its current condition for some time, you will only be delaying the solution and causing more troubles in the future. Yes, removing the wallpaper can damage a particularly bad area even more, but it is something you should deal with anyway. Better sooner than later.
– There is no guarantee that ink and patterns from the old paper will not show through the new one. What is more, this problem may not occur at first, but months after applying the new layer of wallpaper and that already takes it to the level of a disaster.
– In case the old paper is loose and torn, applying new one on top can cause severe problems, such as fail in adhesion and even more tear in those areas. The additional weight can also cause the whole thing to just peel.
With all that said, removing the old wallpaper is the best solution to guarantee a successful wall renovation. Not only will it help you identify any damage currently hidden, but will also mean better and long-lasting new look.
So what do you need to do to remove your wallpaper? First thing is to keep in mind it is a very messy job. Literally, there will be water and glue streaming down your walls. There is no easy way to do a proper removal without all of the mess, but it is something that you need to do for the best look of your walls. You can consider hiring professional builders waste clearance service afterwards to do some of the work for you.
The room you will be working in should be cleared of everything – furniture, electronics, and decoration. The floor should be covered with cloth or canvas in order to protect it. Keep a good number of towels or something else to soak the water. Cover any power switches and vents with tape.
Next you will remove the wallpaper. Start from places where the paper is usually loose. Those include the ceiling, the base of the wall or around switches on the wall. The goal here is to remove as much of the outmost layer as possible. After this is done, you will be left with small parts of the wallpaper and sticky glue here and there.
And this is the tricky part. Removing all of that is usually done with hot water and soap. For particularly stubborn areas, where glue is sturdy and hard to remove, you can use different chemical strippers for the job. The market offers enough, so pick something that best works in your case. Use a putty knife to completely remove pieces of paper that remain stuck.
At this point any flaws on the wall and damage to it should be evident. Repair any holes, gouges and scratches with joint compound. After it dries, carefully sand the surface to ensure it is smooth. This is important, as anything you do on the wall next, i.e. whether you apply new wallpaper or paint it, can be compromised by any imperfections. The surface of the walls must be clean too, so consider washing them thoroughly.
When all is done and cleaned, you will have your walls ready for renovation. Whether you paint them or put new wallpaper on them, following these guidelines will ensure good results.