How To Remove Wallpaper

 In Blog, Painting Tips

Wallpaper is a fun and decorative way to customize your home, but down the road you may want to return to a fresh and clean painted wall. Whether you are looking to refresh your interior, remove wallpaper from a newly purchased home, or you are putting your home on the market, there are many reasons why you may want to remove the wallpaper from your walls.

Scraping away years of glued-on paper may seem intimidating, but for us pros it’s just another day on the job. With the right steps and tools, you too can remove wallpaper from your walls — but if you’d rather save yourself the hassle of stripping and painting, you can always call us (we love a challenge and will do all the hard work for you!).

Professional wallpaper removal- two New Approach team members removing wallpaper from an elevator foyer

Quick Approach for the Best Way to Remove Wallpaper

Toolbelt Essentials

Make sure you have the following items on hand:

  • Putty knife
  • Painters tape
  • Drop sheets
  • Clean rags/cloths
  • Hand or pump sprayer
  • Exacto knife
  • Non-cellulose sponge
  • Scoring tool
  • Bucket
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Baking soda

PRO TIP: Before you begin, don’t forget to cover your floors and apply painters tape to baseboards.

Professional wallpaper removal- two New Approach team members removing wallpaper from an elevator foyer

Types of Wallpaper for Removal

Removable Wallpaper

  1. Find a corner of the paper and use a putty knife to unstick the corner from the wall.
  2. Once you have enough of the corner to grasp, pull the wallpaper out and off.
  3. Once everything has been taken down, wipe the wall(s) with a damp cloth to remove glue marks and residue.
  4. You’re ready to paint!

PRO TIP* we are all about green methods at NAP, if you are looking to reuse the wallpaper elsewhere pull the wallpaper directly down in order to prevent curling.

Professional wallpaper removal- two New Approach team members removing wallpaper from an elevator foyer

Strippable Wallpaper

If you don’t get a clean removal when pulling the wallpaper sheet and it appears stuck on the wall, you may be dealing with a strippable or vinyl.

  1. Spray the wallpaper down with hot water to soften paste for easier removal and be sure to let it absorb for a few minutes.
  2. Peel a panel at the left hand corner to see if it lifts.
  3. Proceed with all other panels until all panels are off (one at a time).
  4. Make sure to wash the walls with warm water and a non-cellulose sponge as you go to remove glue residue.

Vinyl Wallpaper

If hot water does not remove the wallpaper, you are most likely dealing with water-resistant vinyl.

  1. Roll and score the wall from corner to corner and ceiling to floor (this will allow your liquid to penetrate and loosen the stubborn glue).
  2. Add a wallpaper solution to your sprayer to help in dissolving the glue.
  3. Saturate the wall (one section at a time) with the solution (top left working your way down).
  4. After 10-15 minutes peel back the wallpaper where it meets the ceiling.
  5. Shave away any strips of paper that don’t come off in one continuous strip with your wall scraper.
  6. Continue spraying the wall as needed.

In the end, removing your wallpaper can be quite time-consuming and require a lot of elbow grease. For expert results when removing your wallpaper, contact the professionals at New Approach — we’d be happy to help.

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