There comes a time in everyone’s life when you have to strip a wall of wallpaper. You can’t paint over it, you can’t get around it, and you can’t just hang something over it – you’ve just got to get rid of it. Three Brothers Painting is going to help you through the somewhat painful process of stripping a wall of its wall paper.
Should You Hire it Done?
We have to say a resounding “yes,” and not just because we want you to hire us (which we do), but because the job is not as simple as it sounds. Even if you do successfully get all of the wallpaper off of the wall, there will probably still be adhesive residue left in the pores of the sheetrock, and gouges, nicks, and tears in the sheetrock paper that now need to be patched and smoothed with spackling before the wall can be painted.
Can You Do it Yourself?
If you’re willing to put in the time and work, you can do anything – and you can definitely remove wallpaper. The task in and of itself is simple: score the wall paper, spray a small section with warm water, and peel up starting from a bottom corner. People always want to start from a top corner and pull down, but that is backwards. Make sure you don’t wet down a larger section of paper than you can remove in 15 minutes. Have a scraper on hand to help you with those tough spots – but try your best not to gouge the drywall! And once your finished, scrub the wall as much as you can to remove the wallpaper glue residue.
Call the Professionals
If you decide that you’re going to remove the wallpaper yourself, that’s great! But, do go ahead and call in the professionals when it’s time to paint. You’ll be the happiest with the results of their years of experience in spackling and sanding walls to make them perfectly smooth and flat again after removing wallpaper.
Tell us, when was the last time you removed wallpaper? Did you do it yourself or hire it done? And what would you do differently if you had to do it again?