Removing a wallpaper can be quite easy or very hard as well. You wouldn't know it until you actually go ahead and try removing it. This article will help you to remove the wallpaper and paint the wall. But before you start off, it is advisable to try and peel off a small area just to see whether it peels off easily or not.
If the wallpaper comes out easily leaving only the glue on the wall, then you are it means you have a wallpaper that is easily strippable. Here are the steps that will show you how to remove strippable wallpaper.
- Hot water
- Broad, preferably a 6 inches paint spatula.
- First step is to soften the paste underneath. This can be done by using some hot water and a sponge. Softening it will make it easier for the wallpaper to come off easily.
- Now, you need to scrape the paper off with a broad knife and also make sure that you remove the residue as much as possible. The wallpaper should come off quite easily.
- Now, after you have removed the wallpaper from the wall, you might want to re-paint it.
Painting After Removing Wallpaper
Follow these steps before you try and re-paint the wall
- Using a sponge, remove any adhesive that might have been left in the wall as a result of removing the wallpaper. Use the sponge on the wall thoroughly starting from bottom and going upwards gradually.
- Now, rinse the walls with TSP or with a neutralizing agent. You can also use 1 cup white vinegar mixed in about a gallon of water.
- Before re-painting the wall, make sure you use a primer for the wall. But it is of utmost importance that the primer which you plan to use is one that is specifically designed for the desired purpose, else, it can do a real shoddy job.
- You can also use a paint-roller to paint the wall. A paint roller does a great job of painting a wall. It provides a quick spread of smooth and even coat of paint all over the wall. It also saves on time and eliminates minor problems like areas that are light or have marks on them.