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How to remove wallpaper: how to remove wallpaper from the wall, from solvents to techniques to remove all traces of glue and various residues.
It's possibleremove an old wallpaperin a completely autonomous way. The methods and procedure to follow are independent of the type of wallpaper used (vinyl, with paper support, fabric ...). Here's how to continue inwallpaper removal.
How to remove wallpaper:what is needed
Forremove the wallpaperyou do not need special technical equipment, you will only need:
- a metal spatula
- a ladder
- a bucket of boiling water
- a flat and wide rectangular section brush (the classic ceiling)
- a roll of medium grit sandpaper
On the market there is no shortage of solvents and liquids created to dissolve the wallpaper glue. In reality, the use of this solvent liquid is only rarely necessary; in most cases, the support of the wallpaper it is made of cellulose that releases with the use of plenty of water regardless of the type of glue used.
If you have decided to remove the wallpaper due to defects or missing parts, you can remedy the problem with a DIY repair. In this context, we invite you to read the instructions in the article "how to repair wallpaper".
How to remove the wallpaper:how to proceed
First, move any piece of furniture adjacent to the wall to be treated. Allow yourself enough space to operate in complete safety, the space must be sufficient to guarantee the movement of an operator and his ladder. If there is heavy furniture, it may be necessary to empty it before moving it.
Forremove the wallpaper:
- Soak the brush with water and start moistening thewallpaperstarting from one of the four corners.
- Copiously dab the entire surface.
- If the wallpaper is washable, a simple tear for the wallpaper will not be enoughremoval, in this case you will have to use the metal spatula.
A little advice, to facilitate this phase you can choose to use a steam cleaner and administer water in the form of hot water vapor. In any case, for traditional wallpaper, just use very hot water.
- With the spatula, work starting from the angle you have previously chosen and pull up to raise theold wallpaper.
- Remove any residues left by working with sandpaper. Use it very gently.
At this stage patience and a steady hand are required, however, if the wallpaper it is not yielding, avoid forcing with the metal trowel otherwise you risk damaging the underlying wall.
Any damage caused to thestucco shirtunderneath can be corrected with ready-to-use putty, to be pulled with the same metal stick.
Remember to be very generous with the water and to use very hot water. The heat allows the water to more easily penetrate into the underlying layer and dissolve the glue.
In fact, water acts as asolventnatural, softening the glue and reducing the consistency of the entire coating. For this reason, do not be stingy with water and have the patience to soak the entire surface using only boiling water. This is a very "heavy" task but not for the fatigue it will cause you but for the patience required. To make the task less demanding and make the most of the water temperature, get help from a friend or family member.
To remove the vinyl wallpaper
Boiling water should be enough, however, if you have a steam cleaner and are treating a more difficult coating (vinyl wallpaper), you can spray the steam from your appliance on the wallpapered wall.
One timeremoved the wallpaper, proceed to paint the underlying wall; to paint the wall, follow the instructions in the articlehow to paint a wall.