How to Remove Wallpaper - Page 2

  • Step 5 : Apply remover

    Apply remover

    Pour the gel remover into a bucket or paint roller tray. (A lasagna-size baking pan works too.) Then apply it to the wallpaper using a sponge mop or paint roller. Work slowly from the bottom up to minimize the amount that rolls down the wall. To start, apply the gel in two 3-4-foot wide, floor-to-ceiling wall sections. Avoid over-wetting wallpaper that has been applied over drywall (gypsum wallboard) because you can damage the wall's paper facing.

  • Step 6 : Scrape off paper

    Scrape off paper

    When the wallpaper turns a dark color or starts to bubble, it's ready to scrape. Use a wallpaper scraper designed to remove the wallpaper without damaging the surface beneath it. If the wallcovering or its paper backing does not come off easily in some areas, rewet with the gel remover and scrape when it's ready to remove. As you work around the room, wet another section and let it soak in while you scrape.

  • Step 7 : Steam off the wallpaper without remover

    Steam off the wallpaper without remover

    You can rent a wallpaper steamer, which is a hotplate and water boiler tank connected by a hose. Prepare the steamer according to its directions filling its boiler tank with water. When the water begins to boil and steam comes out of the plate, you're ready to start. Hold the hotplate in one hand and a wide putty knife or razor scraper in the other to remove the wallpaper. Begin at the top of a wall. Press the hotplate against the wall and wait 30 seconds or so until the steam softens the adhesive, then lift the hot plate and scrape off the wallpaper. Continue in this way working your way down and across the wall. Wear gloves to protect your hand from the hot steam and keep a baking pan handy where you can rest the hotplate.

  • Step 8 : Wash the wall

    Wash the wall

    When the paper is removed, the wall will be covered with adhesive residue. While the adhesive is still soft, wash the wall with clean, warm water. Use a sponge or an abrasive pad where needed. Work quickly on drywall to avoid over-wetting the surface and have a helper follow immediately with a towel to dry the surface. You may need to repeat washing when the entire room is done.

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