What You Need To Know About Removing Wallpaper in St. Louis, MO
In the course of owning a home, a homeowner may occasionally come to want to change the look of a room or multiple rooms.
It will sometimes happen soon after moving into the home — they may have bought the house based on the location as well as a good price, but had in mind that renovating would be a top priority after or even before moving in – sometimes it is better to remodel when there is no furniture to get in your way.
One thing that people consider doing is choosing a new color and look for the walls of one of their rooms, and this can especially be the case when the room has wallpaper on it that, for better or worse, no longer suits the needs of the people who dwell in the space.
You have two options — painting over the wallpaper and removing the wallpaper — and sometimes, removing the wallpaper is just the better option to choose for the long run of home ownership.
With this in mind, let us look at what you need to know about removing wallpaper in St. Louis, MO.
It May Be Easier To Remove Than You Think
Though it can often be a bit tricky to remove wallpaper, there are certain kinds of wallpaper that are meant to be put on temporarily and are quite easy to remove.
A fairly simple way to find out if your wallpaper is one such type is to take a putty knife and get one of the edges of the wallpaper up and then start pulling on it — if you find that it easily comes off of the wall, you are in luck and will be able to remove the wallpaper without using any of the other techniques mentioned below.
Simply take the wallpaper that you have begun to strip off of the wall and continue to pull until you have an entire strip width in your hands — then pull downward or upward depending on where you started and get the rest of that particular strip off of the wall.
Continue to repeat these steps until you have all of the wallpaper off of the wall.
What To Do If Your Wallpaper Is Easily Washable
If your wallpaper is easily washable you can imagine that it will be a bit more difficult to get any kind of moistening solution in and underneath the wallpaper to more easily remove it.
The key to getting this wallpaper off of the wall is to first get some holes in it that go through to the wall underneath and to do this you are best off using a scoring tool.
Once you have a good set of holes in your wallpaper on all of the areas where you are looking to remove it, you will be able to more easily apply the solution that will help you take the wallpaper off of the wall.
Consider A Steamer
A steamer is the sort of tool that you will want to get help using because when you are steaming the wallpaper, you will also want to be stripping it just about at the same time for best effect.
This will also require scoring of the wallpaper if it is of the kind that is resistant to water or more easily wiped clean — to allow the steam to get under the wallpaper more easily.
Once you get the steamer loaded and powered up, you will move the steam pad over the surface of the wallpaper until it is loose — that is when either you or a person helping you will be able to scrape the wallpaper off of the wall.
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