Wife hounding you to finish wallpapering the spare room but you just can't seem to finish it? Here are a few tips to speed up that wallpapering process:
- Prepare the surface: Like paint, wallpaper requires proper surface preparation before application.
- Determine suitable areas: wallpaper is not suitable for all areas.
- Remove wallpaper: One of the ways to remove wallpaper is to apply steam, usually from a wallpaper steamer that consists of a reservoir of water, an electric heating element, and a hose to direct the steam at the wallpaper.
- Peel off steamed wallpaper. Note: Care must be taken to prevent damage to the drywall underneath.
- Note: A newer method of wallpaper stripping is the Wallwik approach, which is to apply damp sheets of wallwik fabric to the wallpaper. It uses no caustic chemicals and no heavy steam equipment -- just water, and a small amount of solution and a scoring tool. The drywall remains undamaged, whereas often with steaming approach underlying plaster can end up crumbling leaving an uneven surface.
- Old paper can also be scored with a tool that looks like a hand sander with sharp wheels/teeth, then sprayed with warm water or a mixture of warm water and vinegar. After about three applications, the paper (even multiple layers) can be removed easily with the aid of a putty knife.
- A safe chemical method of wallpaper stripping can be easily accomplished by the use of a non-toxic product manufactured by Jomaps (located in Alpharetta, GA) called M-1 Wallpaper Remover. Unlike other, easier to buy, products --- this one works! It only requires removing the vinyl upper layer (very easy) before you spray it on. It works after only two minutes. Keep the wallpaper backing you are removing damp and use a wide scraper to assist if necessary.