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What is the move efficient way to remove wall paper

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Posted 2013-12-06T11:46:43+0000  by rdkb0428 rdkb0428

Hello rdkb0428 and thank you for joining The Community!  We are glad that you are here.


I have a great resource for you: our Removing Wallpaper Project Guide.   You will first need to determine if your wallpaper is vinyl (which will peel off easily starting from a loose corner) or the older paper and adhesive type (which will require a penetrating solution, perforating tool, wallboard knife, and patience).   If your wallpaper is the latter type, the Wallpaper Removers Buying Guide details liquid and gel removers as well as steamers which are used to break the adhesive from the wallpaper to allow removal. 


Please be sure to wear safety glasses and cover the floor (with newspaper or a drop cloth) directly in front of the wall to protect it too.


Best wishes on your project and please keep us posted on your progress.


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Posted 2013-12-06T14:28:06+0000  by Eileen_HD_ATL

Steam is the most cost effective way. No messy chemicals to buy or clean up. Just apply a lot of steam to the wallpaper and it should begin to loosen. You may need to buy a puncture tool if the steam isn't penetrating through to the glue. Heavy paper may peel off leaving the backing on the wall. This can usually be scraped off with a utility knife.

Posted 2014-01-26T15:32:39+0000  by Sn00py

Hello Sn00py and thank you for joining The Community.


After removing the wallpaper and scraping the walls, I like using the Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP) to remove et the last bit of residual adhesive and prepare the wall for the next project.


Thanks for sharing your wallpaper removal tips.  

Posted 2014-01-28T15:25:36+0000  by Eileen_HD_ATL
Hello rdkb0428,

Wallpaper is adhered to the wall with water-based adhesive between the paper and the wall.

Any wallpaper remover worth using will easily re-wet this adhesive ... making your work easier.

Currently, we sell Chomp Wallpaper Remover for this application.

Follow the mixing instructions, using very warm water and only mixing enough to wet one section of wall.

Work on one ten-foot section at a time and use a tile sponge or old roller cover to wet the wall three times, waiting about five-minutes between wettings.

After the third five-minute waiting period, use your fingers to pull at the seams and you'll find that fairly large sections of paper will come off in irregular strips.

Keep a discard plastic bag in the work area and place strips directly in this trash bag ... this prevents the need to clean adhesive residue from floors, cabinets and furniture.

When necessary, use a blunt-edge paper scraper to remove well-adhered sections ... be cautious to prevent digging into the wall.

When the paper is down, wash the entire wall with TSP mixed with warm water.

Prime with an oil-based primer tinted to be similar to your new color, wait approximately two-hours and paint.

Posted 2015-12-15T22:51:20+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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