How to remove wallpaper

How to Remove Old Wallpaper Without Damaging Your Walls

Removing old wallpaper can be a daunting task, especially if you're worried about damaging your walls. But with the right tools and techniques, it's possible to remove old wallpaper without causing any damage. As an Australian wallpaper brand, Wallpaper Store, we've got some tips to help you remove old wallpaper safely and easily.

Tools You'll Need

Before you start removing wallpaper, gather these tools:

  • Wallpaper scorer
  • Wallpaper removal solution
  • Stepladder
  • Drop cloths
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Scraper or putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Wallpaper glue remover (if necessary)

Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these steps to remove old wallpaper without damaging your walls:

  1. Prep your space. Lay down drop cloths to protect your floors and furniture, and use a wallpaper scorer to create small holes in the wallpaper. This will help the wallpaper removal solution penetrate the paper more easily.

  2. Apply the wallpaper removal solution. Mix the wallpaper removal solution with warm water according to the manufacturer's instructions, then apply it to the wallpaper using a sponge or sprayer. Allow the solution to soak in for 10-15 minutes.

  3. Remove the wallpaper. Use a scraper or putty knife to gently remove the wallpaper, starting at a corner or seam. Be careful not to gouge the wall. If the wallpaper is difficult to remove, reapply the removal solution and wait a few more minutes.

  4. Clean the walls. Once the wallpaper is removed, use a sponge and clean water to wash the walls. This will remove any leftover glue residue.

  5. Sand the walls. If necessary, lightly sand the walls to remove any remaining wallpaper glue residue. Be careful not to sand too much, as this can damage the wall.

  6. Use wallpaper glue remover (if necessary). If the wallpaper glue is particularly stubborn, use a wallpaper glue remover to soften it and make it easier to remove.

What About Wallpaper Murals and Grasscloth Wallpaper?

When it comes to removing wallpaper murals or grasscloth wallpaper, the process is the same as removing traditional wallpaper. However, be extra careful when removing wallpaper murals or grasscloth wallpaper, as they can be more delicate and prone to tearing.

Shop for New Wallpaper

Once you've removed your old wallpaper, it's time to shop for new wallpaper to refresh your space. Wallpaper Store offers a wide range of wallpaper types, including bedroom murals, wall murals, traditional wallpaper, and grasscloth wallpaper. Check out our online shop to find the perfect design for your home.

Removing old wallpaper can be a hassle, but with the right tools and techniques, it's possible to do it without damaging your walls. Follow our step-by-step guide and shop for new wallpaper at Wallpaper Store to create a fresh and updated look in your home.

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