That wallpaper you had professionally hung after you married ten years ago looks outdated today. You want to paint the room, but the folks over at Sarasota Paint recommended wallpaper removal prior to re-painting. If you do not take the wallpaper down your paint job probably will not look attractive when you finish.
Wallpaper removal sounds worse than it is. With the right tools and a bit of time, it is an easy DIY task.
Wallpaper Removal Supplies
First, you need some supplies to do the job. Whatever you do not have, you can get at any of Sarasota Paint’s 3 locations.
- Vinyl Gloves
- Wallpaper Stripper
- Protective Apparel
- Scoring Tool
- Scrub Brush
- Wallpaper Scraper
- Wallpaper Steamer – optional
- Plastic tarps
Wallpaper Removal Steps
First Step: Protect floors and baseboards. Tape the plastic tarps to the top of the baseboards and extend them to protect the flooring.
Second Step: Remove switch plates and outlet covers. You do not need obstacles as you strip wallpaper, so remove all wall mounted switch plates and outlet covers. It is a good idea to turn off the power to the room as you might inadvertently get water in sockets or switches and cause a short.
Third Step: Perforate the wallpaper. Use the scoring tool and run it over the wallpaper. This perforates the wallpaper to let water penetrate the paper and the paste and reach the wall.
Hint: Before scoring the paper, try lifting a corner of it and peeling it off the wall. Most newer wallpaper is “strippable” and easier to remove.
Fourth Step: Prepare the stripping solution. Closely read and follow the directions included with or on the wallpaper stripping solution. Mix it in the five-gallon bucket with water.
Hint: Instead of a liquid wallpaper stripping solution, you can use a wallpaper steamer.
Fifth Step: Apply the stripping solution. Use the sponge to apply the removal solution over a section of wallpaper about four-feet by four feet. Start in a corner. Let the solution soak into the perforated paper for around five minutes. Do not let it dry.
Sixth Step: Remove the wallpaper. Beginning in a corner of the soaked area, peel the wallpaper off the wall. Continue doing it until all the wallpaper is off.
Seventh Step: Remove paper still stuck on the wall. Use the scraper to remove any obstinate wallpaper sections. Wet and scrape until all is removed.
Eighth Step: Clean the wall. There will be glue residue and left over removal solution on the wall. Before you can paint or put up new wallpaper, it must come off. Use a sponge dampened with water to wipe the walls down and remove any residual glue or solution.
Hint: This step is extremely important. If you do not get off left over glue and paper, paint will crack or flake after applied.
If you have any questions about removing wallpaper, just ask any of our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives at any of our 3 Sarasota Paint locations:
2088 12th Street
Sarasota, Florida 34237
7222 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34231
5123 14th Street W
Bradenton, Florida 34207