5 Common Mistakes People Make When Removing Wallpaper in Denver Metro, CO

When you are in the process of remodeling your home, more specifically, the interior of your home, you may find yourself looking at painting the interior walls of a room and then encounter a stopping point — wallpaper.

It’s only natural to wonder if it would be better to paint over the wallpaper or to first remove the wallpaper that is there and then to paint the walls that are left behind.

If you do go with the latter option, it’s important to be careful not to make any of a number of mistakes that might get in the way of your wallpaper removing endeavor.

With that being the case, let us look at five common mistakes that people make when removing wallpaper in Denver Metro, CO.

1. Moistening Without Scoring (Wipe Clean Wallpaper)

Of course, it is the case that when you’re looking to remove your wallpaper, you will need to get the wallpaper moist — the reason being that you want to get the glue underneath the wallpaper sufficiently wet that the glue underneath would allow you to pull off the wallpaper.

The issue comes about when you have a wallpaper that wipes clean, meaning that it is meant to be sprayed with a liquid and then wiped clean — it should be pretty evident that spraying such wallpaper would not be useful in trying to get the underlying glue moistened.

This is not to say that it’s impossible to remove such a wallpaper — just that it’s a bit more difficult.

What you need to do first is to score the wallpaper first so that the water or solution you use to get the glue loosened underneath can actually reach it — you will need to use some sort of a scoring tool, which will make holes through the surface of the wallpaper big enough to allow through the solution.

2. Not Checking If It’s Easy To Remove Wallpaper First

There are certain wallpapers that are easy to remove — all you really need to do is give them a really good tug at the top, and you will find yourself pulling down without any problem.

When you go through the trouble and effort of acquiring the hardware and solution that you want to use to remove harder to remove wallpaper, possibly even the sort of steaming equipment that people can use on particularly stubborn wallpapers only to discover that the wallpaper is easy to remove — to call it a waste would be putting it mildly.

Do yourself a favor and check that the wallpaper isn’t easy to remove before you make the investment in more complicated solutions that are not necessary.

3. Presuming You Only Have One Layer To Remove

The interesting thing about wallpaper is that it can be layered on a wall, but it cal also go on top of a different wallpaper, which may be on top of a different wallpaper, which possibly could be over the top yet another wallpaper… the depth of the wallpaper really changes the difficulty of removing it.

The best thing you can do is to make an incision first to see just about how deep your wallpaper goes before you hit the actual wall and adjust your plans accordingly.

4. Not Planning Out The Removal

You certainly can’t just go charging into a room and start spraying and pulling everywhere.

You need time for the wallpaper and the glue underneath to get moist, and only then can you pull it off.

You also need to make sure that you don’t allow too much time to pass between when you moisten the walls and when you pull off the wallpaper because given too much time, it will dry again and make it hard to remove.

5. Not Having Sufficient Trash Bags

This may seem like a minor thing, but when you are removing wallpaper from the walls, it tends to make a tremendous amount of trash.

With as much trash as you will be making, it behooves you to have enormous trash bags on hand to capture the wallpaper and everything else you will be getting off of the wall.

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