Removing Old Wallpaper: What You Need To Know

Posted on: 14 December 2015

Wallpaper is not a lifetime commitment. It can be removed and replaced with a paint job any time you grow tired of it. With a little preparation, the right tools, and some instructions, you can remove wallpaper and opt for paint any time you want.

Start by Preparing the Room

First, you will need to remove any decorations from the wall. Then, you will need to remove as much as you can from the room. At the very least, everything needs to be pulled away from the wall to the center of the room and covered with plastic. You should also place plastic drop cloths along the baseboards in order to preserve the flooring. While time will vary depending on your schedule and the size of the room, one day should be enough time to prep the room for wallpaper removal.

Removal of Strippable Wallpaper

Removal of this type of paper may pull up your drywall up with it. If this happens, it usually means the drywall was not properly sealed with sufficient paint. You must glue down all seams and loose pieces after removing the wallpaper before you can paint.

Wallpaper Stripping with Water

This wallpaper removal method requires a liquid stripper concentrate. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and mix with hot water. Use a sprayer or brush to apply the mixture. Do one section at a time, from top to bottom. Work in small areas so the stripper does not dry. Soak the paper for a few minutes and start stripping with a scraper.

If the paper will not absorb the water, scuff the surface with a scouring tool or coarse sandpaper and let the water soak the paper for about 30 minutes. Once it has soaked, even your fingernails should be able to pull the wallpaper from the wall.

As you can see, you have a few different options for removing the wallpaper from a room in your home. Even if you are not comfortable removing the wallpaper on your own, you can still follow the preparation steps to get the room read for the professional you hire to remove the wallpaper for you. You may even be able to get a professional who can remove the wallpaper, repair any damage to the dry wall, and paint the wall with the new color you want when they are finished. Whether you do this project yourself or hire a professional, it can be helpful to understand how the process works. 

To learn more, contact a painting company like Strictly Residential Professional Painting Services