How do you strip wallpaper?
This blog post shares a quick and easy alternative to using steamers when removing wallpaper. It can be messy, but these steps help make the job easier (and less humid) for budding home improvement enthusiasts.
Step 1: For this step, you want to remove the top layer of wallpaper by using your fingers and grabbing a bottom corner of the paper. Slowly peel it off from one edge up towards the ceiling.. Carefully peel the entire sheet off in one pull if possible. If not, try using a putty knife or other tool to roll up that corner and then pull it away from the wall.. If you can’t get the top layer off then move on to step 2.
Step 2: Now that you have peeled the top layer, there is a brown paper underneath. That paper will have the adhesive holding it to the wall. To get rid of the adhesive under this layer (or even if you couldn’t peel off one or both layers) you need to score it with a tool called a tiger. This tool leaves small nicks in the paper and allows the solution to get underneath and dissolve the adhesive. Don’t apply too much pressure on the tool, or tiny nicks will be left in the plaster underneath that you then might need to fill with filler. You can buy the tiger tool from Screwfix here.
Step 3: In a bucket that can accommodate the size of your paint roller, follow the instructions on the back of the concentrated wallpaper remover bottle and mix with warm water. Fill up an empty spray bottle with this solution. Spray the corners and also where the wallpaper meets the ceiling or trim. After this, use a roller for rolling out the big areas. Be careful not to soak the roller, you might find it drips everywhere once you try to roll it on the wall. Position the roller halfway up the wall and roll up to remove excess solution. You can buy the DIF solution from Screwfix here.
Step 4: Leave to soak in for 15 minutes. You might find you need to apply another coat to really soak the stubborn areas.
Step 5: To remove the paper and adhesive, start at the top of the wall and scrape it off using a wallpaper scraper. Be sure to have a bin bag close by and clean up any bits off the floor before the paste re-sets. Use a clean sponge to wipe any remaining adhesive off the wallpaper scraper as you go. To clean the walls, use a sponge soaked in solution followed by a fresh, sponged. To go one step further you can use a sugar soap solution to be sure there is no adhesive left.
Step 6: Once the walls have dried overnight you can now prime the wall to seal any remaining adhesive residue. Zinsser Guardz is ideal for this. If you try to paint over a wall with old adhesive you will find you get a gooey mess which will ruin your final finish.
You’ve done it! Hopefully your wallpaper removal goes smoothly and you don’t find anything hiding behind the plaster.
Now that the wallpaper is off it you want your wall painted in a flawless finish find out more information here.