Whether you are stripping a new home or remodeling your existing residence, you might be eager to get rid of your wallpaper and give the space a fresh new upgrade. Vinyl wallpaper has a reputation for being tough to remove which is due to the fact that traditional wallpaper steamers won't penetrate the vinyl layer. Use this guide for tips on how to effectively remove vinyl wallpaper in your home.
Remove Vinyl Layer
The first step in removing this tough wallpaper is peeling off the actual vinyl which is the outermost layer. Using either a putty knife or a specially-designed wallpaper scraping tool, try to lift off the wallpaper in one of the top corners of a wall. After a few tries, you might see that the top layer of the paper can actually come off on its own. Typically, this vinyl layer will come off in strips rather than as an entire sheet. Older wallpaper that has been up for a decade or more will be hardest to remove, but scoring it with a putty knife can help you lift off a new section. Only when all of the vinyl is removed can you begin to tackle the rest of the wallpaper layers.
Commercial Wallpaper Removal Spray
Once the tough vinyl layer is gone, commercial wallpaper removal products will be effective. Depending on the size of the room and the product you purchase, you can spray or wipe the commercial remover onto the wallpaper itself. Generally, the remover will need to stay on the walls for up to 30 minutes before it is effective. However, you should always read the instructions on the product to see what the standard waiting time is.
Once the wallpaper remover has been applied, you can begin to remove the final layer of wallpaper from the walls. Unlike the first step where you started at the top corner, it actually makes sense to start at the bottom this time. Using a scraper or even a wallpaper knife, scrape the paper up and away from the walls. If certain sections aren't easy to scrape off, just skip over them and keep working. After the first round, apply more remover, wait the required 30 minutes and then try to work on the stubborn spots once again.
Tips & Tricks
When you are removing the final layer of vinyl wallpaper, be sure to clean your scraper frequently with a clean rag or a paper towel. If you happen to nick part of the wall during the removal process, which does happen on occasion, don't worry. Wait until all of the wallpaper is removed and then go back to fill in any gouges with putty. For clean walls that can be painted, don't forget to wipe them down with ordinary dish soap and warm water to remove any traces of remover.