Multilayer Wallpaper Removal Multilayer Wallpaper Removal

What You'll Need
Drop Cloth
Utility or Putty Knife
Wallpaper Piercing Tool
Warm Water & Vinegar Solution
Non Toxic Wallpaper Remover
Wallpaper Scraper
Tri Sodium Phosphate
Wallpaper removal can be a hassle, but it's not terribly difficult. Whenever you are working with multilayer wallpaper, there are a few extra steps that you will have to take in order to get the job done properly. Regardless of the task that you have following this one, removing the wallpaper is usually the most difficult job.

Step 1 – Prepare

You will begin by preparing the area. You will find that the best way to start is by getting out your screwdriver and taking off all of the outlet covers and switch plates that cover the wall that you will be working on. Make sure that you keep the screws with them so that they will not get lost. It is also in your best interest to lay down a drop cloth in the area that you will be working. Also move all of the furniture that you can.

Step 2 – Holes

Multilayer wallpaper is made so that water cannot get in and soften up your glue. In order for you to be able to get past this you must make holes in the surface of your wallpaper. This will give the water a chance to penetrate. You can make the holes with a putty or a utility knife. Make sure that you do not cut too deeply as you do not want to puncture your drywall. If you are worried about your drywall, then simply use a wallpaper piercing tool. This tool can be found at any home improvement store. 

Step 3 – Wet Walls

After you have made the necessary amount of holes, you are now ready to get the walls wet. Mix up a solution of vinegar and warm water in a bucket. Use a sponge to thoroughly wet the area. Give the solution 30 minutes to thoroughly soak in. If you do not wish to use vinegar, then you can also use non toxic wallpaper remover. 

Step 4 – Remove Wallpaper

Once you have allowed a half an hour to go by, you are now ready to remove the wallpaper. You will begin by simply grabbing a corner or a seam and peeling back on it. You will also need to get out your wallpaper scraper. You will hold the scraper at a low angle and get any paper scraped off in any areas that cannot be easily removed. If you are still unable to remove the wallpaper with your scraper, then you should keep your sponge nearby to soak the more stubborn areas. 

Step 5 – Remove Glue

In order to properly remove the glue, you will need to mix warm water with Tri sodium phosphate. Once you have the glue gone, rinse the area with plain water to get rid of the rest of the tri sodium phosphate. 

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