You love the feel that wallpaper gives a room – but you’re ready for a change. Perhaps the pattern you have seems out of date, or you’ve changed your colour scheme and your feature wall needs a fresh look. Stripping and re-hanging paper can seem daunting – but when you follow the advice of the pros it’s easy! And you’ll be hanging that fresh new paper in no time!

The trick is to ‘go by the book’ and follow the steps properly – skimp and you won’t get the results you want. And of course, what’s important is using the right products that are specially designed to break down wallpaper glue and release the paper from the wall with relative ease.

What You’ll Need…

Wallpaper removing concentrate. Wallpaper-scoring tool, decorator’s sponge, bucket and water.

Before you begin…

Be sure to test your wallpaper so you know where to begin the removal process. If the wallpaper tears off in small pieces only, you’ll need to begin at Step 1. If the vinyl front pulls away from and leaves behind the paper backing, skip to Step 2.

Step 1

To loosen the glue underneath the wallpaper, perforate the surface with a wallpaper scoring tool. To make sure the wallpaper stripper can penetrate through, you need to adequately perforate the paper – taking care not to damage the wall. This is why a quality tool is essential: let us help and advise you.  Using the tool, apply light pressure and perforate the entire wallpapered surface. The more holes you make, the faster and easier the paper removal process.

Step 2        

Apply wallpaper stripper liquid concentrate to the wall – which will soften the glue and loosen the wallpaper. The concentrate contains a fast-acting enzyme which easily penetrates and dissolves hard-to-remove glue – and even clay-based adhesives can be quickly removed. Using plain water, a steamer or home-made solutions such as vinegar and water will never be as fast or effective.

When applying the concentrate, start at the top and work your way down using a sponge, paint brush or roller – then let the concentrate soak in for 15 to 20 minutes. You’ll know when the paper is ready to be removed as it will begin to bubble or turn dark in colour.

Step 3

Remove the wallpaper using a quality wallpaper remover/wall scraper. Some people may suggest using a razor blade – but if held at the wrong angle or pressed too hard, this can damage the walls.

Step 4

Once all the wallpaper has been removed, you’ll need to make sure any remaining glue is removed. To do so, apply some more wallpaper remover, leave to sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then use a paper scraper to scrape away any glue residue.

Step 5

Wipe down the walls with a damp sponge – then you’re ready to get stuck into redecorating!

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