House painting tips: The right way to remove unwanted wallpaper

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House painting tip number 1: Beautiful wallpaper adds an extra-special touch, whilst out-of-date, peeling wallpaper can bring the value and look of your home, or business, right down. If you’ve ever tried to remove wallpaper yourself, you’ll know that it’s a messy and time-consuming job. That’s why at Oliver Painting Ottawa, we do it for you quickly and professionally, simply contact us for a free quote.

Wallpaper can be removed the good old-fashioned way (with your bare hands and water), with a chemical solution, or with steam. If you do decide to forsake a professional painting company and take the do-it-yourself route, here are some helpful tips for the water method:

The preparation

  • Make sure you don’t damage your wall in the process.
  • Keep the surrounding areas from getting damaged by taping plastic to the skirting and floor.
  • Turn off the power.
  • Take off all light switch and plug covers.

The hard part

  • Use a putty knife to lift off an edge (try a corner first) and then pull the paper off.
  • Remove the top layer but try and leave the backing on.
  • Wet the backing with a sponge or mop – the water needs to be left for a while to be absorbed. Take note: the water needs to be as hot as you can handle.
  • Now you can start to scrape off the backing. Use a spatula or a putty knife for this job ensuring it has rounded edges so as to not make holes in your wall.
  • You may need to spray on a wallpaper solvent on any stubborn sections.
  • Ensure you get every last inch of backing off if you want a smooth and clean result.
  • Clean the wall with water.

Patch and shine

  • Now it’s time to patch and repair your sparkly, clean walls.
  • Fill up any holes and sandpaper the whole area.

Your wall is now ready for a fresh coat of paint, or it can even be wallpapered with an updated look.

For more information, Contact Oliver Painting Ottawa today.

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