Removing Wallpaper Without Damaging Paint Underneath

What You'll Need
Putty knife
Warm water
Scoring tool
Paint roller
Wallpaper remover
Soft cloth

The task of removing wallpaper may appear to be problematic for most people. There is a good possibility that the job will take time to complete, especially if you are trying to do the task for the very first time. If it is not done correctly, the paint underneath will be damaged.

Step 1: Empty the Wall and The Nearby Items

Start by emptying the wall from any paintings, switches and other items. Also, move any furniture or other items which might be in the way. You need the work area to be as clean as possible.

Step 2: Peeling At the Corner

Then, pry up a corner part of the wallpaper with a putty knife. Once you have peeled a tiny part continue to pull it gently towards you until slowly the wall underneath starts to be visible. You need to do this very slowly, little by little. This will help you determine how difficult the wallpaper removal process will be. Older wallpaper may be more demanding and problematic.

Newer types of wallpapers, manufactured in the past few years, can be stripped easily. This basically means that they can be removed fairly easily without having to apply anything onto them. If you experience difficulties, then you will need to apply specialized wallpaper remover.

Step 3: Wetting The Wallpaper

Bring some warm water and dab it onto the wallpaper with a sponge. You can also purchase chemically based solutions known as wallpaper removers. Apply some of the solution with a sponge onto the wallpaper. Allow the moisture to seep into the wallpaper and after a few minutes attempt to peel it off. This should become easier as the glue softens and looses its adhesive properties. Some parts of the wallpaper might prove to be more problematic to peel off. The key is to proceed slowly. Dampen the resistant areas more then once and let it soak up the moisture longer. The wall paper will eventually become easier to remove.

Step 4: Use a Steamer

If you happen to own a steamer, you can make use of this to help loosen the wallpaper from the wall. Before starting your steamer you must score the whole area with a scoring tool. This process will help the steam to penetrate the glue behind the wallpaper and soften it. Once ready, start your steamer and work slowly on one area at a time, loosening the wallpaper as you go along. Take care not to scorch any fingers that happen to be in the way.

Step 5: Incorporating Tools

It may help to insert a wide blade underneath each section you pull and always try to pull at the same angle. Once you have removed all the wallpaper, wash the walls you have exposed with a soft cloth dabbed in some warm water to remove the traces of glue and other residues.

Once you have removed all the wallpaper, it is best to wash the walls you have exposed with a soft cloth dabbed in some warm water. This will remove any traces of glue and other residues.