Removing wallpaper with wallpaper removal products can be a messy, time consuming and frustrating endeavor. But there is a quick method for removing wallpaper with no glue – simply cut along the border of the wallpaper, spread on some sponges, allow to dry and pull off. But beware: some products leave a greasy residue which makes it harder to apply new wallpaper. And if you do not completely understand what you’re doing, or you begin to become frustrated, then you could damage your wallpaper or prevent the work from being done at all. Here’s how to do it effectively.
Start by finding an area in your room where there is a good, clean surface. A counter, table, floor or open window are all good choices. Some DIYers prefer to use a stick cutter or wallpaper removal tool. Be careful to protect the surface you are cutting from sawing nails or staples. If the plaster is not attached to the wall, use the screws supplied with the DIY tools.
The next step in this DIY wallpaper removal process is to carefully score the wallpaper along the edges. Score down both sides of the paper, being careful to score in the direction of the crease in the wallpaper. Once the score is deep enough, remove the piece of wallpaper with your vinyl scraper. If the wallpaper is attached to the wall, break it off.
With the scrape, it is easier to spread adhesive and begin the removal of the wallpaper. Spread a very thin even layer of glue over the wallpaper removal tool and then use the scraper to scrape it along the wall, being sure to avoid touching the backing. Use your new scrap to gently remove any excess glue, taking care not to allow glue to dry on the surface. Now you may pick away any stray bits of wallpaper.
After the wallpaper has been removed from your walls, it is important to repair any damaged areas. For this, a fresh coat of wallpaper should be applied, being careful not to apply too much. If the damage is extensive, consider calling in an expert to restructure your damaged area. You can also try sanding the area to give it a better finish.
You may choose to buy some DIY supplies to help speed up the DIY wallpaper removal process, such as glue, and underlayment. If you feel like you have the time and patience to replace the backing yourself, try re-installing the original glue on the surface using long, even strokes. Once the glue has dried, use finishing nails to put a final touch on your walls!