On the face of it, wallpaper removal seems like a task that is simple enough for a home owner to do by himself. After all, it just involves stripping the existing layer of wallpaper. However, anyone who has tried it won’t ever want to attempt it again. Wallpaper removal is best left to professional contractors who have the right tools, techniques and material to strip wallpaper without leaving an unsightly mess on the walls.
Just like painted surfaces, beautiful wallpaper which is an attractive feature of a home, fades or gets damaged over time and needs to be replaced. Without the right care and technique, removing wallpaper can potentially damage dry walls and add to the expense of the project.
Difficulties in Removing Wallpaper
The degree of difficulty in removing wallpaper depends upon several factors:
- Number of layers: In some homes, each new layer covers an old one every time it is replaced. Over the years, the layers accumulate making it difficult to remove before preparing the surface for painting or for repairing damages.
- Type of adhesive: Different types of adhesives are used to fix wallpaper. Depending on the adhesive, a chemical solution needs to be used for removing the wallpaper without damaging the surface underneath. Only experts know the various options available and can easily identify what needs to be done.
- Type of surface: Plaster or dry walls can peel off along with the wallpaper, unless the utmost care is taken to remove it correctly. Existing damages on the wall underneath the wallpaper can get worse if the paper is stripped without taking the necessary precautions.
BRS Painting has a team of experienced professionals who are experts in wallpaper removal. With years of experience in working on painting projects, they have the knowledge of the right material, tools and techniques most suited for each type of surface.
The BRS Wallpaper Removal Process
- Before stripping the wallpaper, the flooring needs to be protected so that the solution used to remove the adhesive does not drip on to the floor and stain or spoil its finish. At the first stage, the floors are wrapped in a protective covering to keep them stain-free.
- Next, the wallpaper has to be scored to ensure that the solution penetrates through the surface and loosens the adhesive so that the paper will peel off easily. Care needs to be taken at this stage to ensure that the scoring doesn’t create divots on the wall.
- After scoring, a solution such as DIF is sprayed on using a pump sprayer. The solution needs to stay on the surface for at least 15 minutes before the wallpaper can be removed.
- Once the solution has been given sufficient time to loosen the adhesive, the process of stripping the wallpaper starts. In case the paper does not peel off in sheets, a putty knife is used to dislodge the sheet gently from the wall in smaller sections.
- After the walls are stripped, the putty knife is used to remove any patches of adhesive that are still stuck to the wall.
- Finally, once the walls are clean, the surface is assessed for any minor damages to the dry wall or plaster. These are repaired, and if the walls have a large number of small imperfections that need to be corrected a joint compound is applied to the area to create a smooth surface.
- Before the painting job starts, ample time is given for the wall surfaces to dry completely.
Wall Paper Removal Costs
The cost of removing wallpaper depends upon the amount of time that will be taken to strip the walls completely. Some walls might have layers of wallpaper that need to be removed, which would be more time consuming than stripping a single layer. In addition, surface preparation needs to be done before the wall can be finished with a coat of paint. A realistic estimate can be given only after assessing the nature of the job. Fill up the form on the page or call us at 636-219-9749 to fix an appointment with us to discuss the project.