Tips for Removing Wallpaper

Interior Painting | October 28, 2022

While wallpaper has made a comeback for certain styles of homes and accent walls, many homes feature old, dated, and unappealing wallpaper throughout various rooms. If you want to update the look and feel of your home, you have likely considered painting or removing your existing wallpaper. While painting can work in some cases, wallpaper removal is often the better choice for a high-quality finish. As a leading provider of complete interior painting solutions delivered with care, the team at Dunbar Painting knows that wallpaper removal is often more complex than it appears. That is why we have compiled a list of tips for removing wallpaper to help you understand how to do the job right or determine if it is better to hire a professional.

Learn about some tips for effective paint removal.

3 Tips for Effective Wallpaper Removal

To effectively remove wallpaper while minimizing the risk of damage to your drywall, consider the following tips:

1. Determine How the Wallpaper Was Applied

Before starting your project, it is crucial to determine how your wallpaper was applied as this will help you determine the amount of work required and the difficulty of the job. For example, if your wallpaper was poorly applied over a painted surface without the use of a non-standard glue or adhesive, it can likely be peeled off without much work. Alternatively, if your wallpaper was applied over primed drywall with a standard adhesive, it will need to be scored, wet down, and then peeled off. Should your wallpaper be applied over bare and unsealed drywall with non-standard adhesives, it is going to be an extremely difficult job that will likely require a lot of repairs to each wall.

2. Use Water

Most wallpaper glue is water-based, so water can be effectively used to loosen it without causing damage to the drywall. First, you will need to score the wallpaper and its backing in sections to allow the water to soak through and loosen the glue. To minimize the risk of damage to the drywall, do not allow water to sit on the surface for more than 15 minutes. After this period, the wallpaper should be much easier to remove via a scraper or other tool.

3. Take Your Time and Use the Right Tools

Attempting to rush the job will only increase the risk of drywall damage and the amount of repairs that will be required after the wallpaper has been removed. Be sure to take your time and complete the job with care while paying attention to small details, as this will drastically reduce the risk of damage. To make the job easier while further reducing the risk of damage, it is important to use the right tools. Putty knives with rounded corners, scrapers, or flexible metal spatulas are great tools for wallpaper removal.

To learn more about our interior painting services or to discuss the details of your project, get in touch with the team at Dunbar Painting. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.