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How to remove old wallpaper

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  • Preparatory work
    • Cleaning room
    • Removing fasteners
  • Removing old wallpaper
    • Paper wallpaper
    • Waterproof wallpaper
    • Non-woven wallpaper
  • How to remove old wallpaper from walls glued to water-polymer glue
    • How to remove old wallpaper from drywall
  • Why not glue wallpaperon the old wallpaper

The modern market offers an amazing selection of all kinds of wallpaper for any purpose. And now you have bought the treasured rolls and want to quickly transform your home, but what about the old wallpaper? Shoot or glue over? From the old wallpaper you need to get rid, and in this article we will tell you how to remove old wallpaper as quickly and easily as possible.

Preparatory work for

Before you tear off old wallpaper, you need to

do some preparatory work, which will greatly facilitate the process.

Cleaning the room

Removing the old wallpaper is a rather dusty and "garbage" procedure, so before starting the repair work, take out all the furniture from the room, fold the carpets and take away everything that can get dirty - decorative interior items, appliances, flowers, etc.


If the floor is covered with linoleum, after removing old wallpaper it will be easy to clean. But in the case of parquet or carpet, problems may arise. Therefore, lay the floor under the walls with an oilcloth or an old rag. The width of the coating should be at least 1 meter. During the removal of wallpaper on it will drop all the dust and small particles of wallpaper, so that after the completion of the work you will only need to shake out the rubbish, avoiding a thorough cleaning.

Removing fasteners

When the furniture is removed and the floor is covered with oilcloth, carefully inspect the walls. Surely there were pictures or panels in the room, shelves or decorative attributes hung. It is necessary to examine each site and remove all nails, screws and other fasteners. Firstly, accidentally missed carnations can spoil the look of future wallpaper. Secondly, you can severely injure your hands by scratching on the sharp edge of the nail. Therefore, it is better to be safe and dismantle everything that can bring problems from the wall.


Removing old wallpapers

It's quite easy to remove old wallpaper from walls, if you know some nuances. So, the strategy of your actions should depend on the type of wallpaper coating. For example, in Soviet times, before covering the wall with wallpaper, it was pasted up with a newspaper, they say, it would be better to stick to it. Undoubtedly, in some apartments such wallpapers are "alive" to this day. But what if the interior fashion of the past century has already bored, and it's impossible to rip off the old wallpaper that is firmly glued to the newspaper layer? Below we will look at ways to delete different wallpapers.

Paper wallpaper

Old paper wallpaper you need to take "izmir".Methodically wet the surface with warm water using a sponge or a spray. If before you lived dishonest owners who pasted wallpaper over old, you will have to remove the cover layers - there's nothing to be done.

To quickly and easily remove old wallpaper from the walls, start from the bottom, attaching the bottom edge of the cover with a knife or spatula. Gently pull the piece of wallpaper up, if necessary, helping it to peel off the wall.

Remaining pieces of wallpaper also need to be removed. This requires special care, because if you damage the wall, you have to plaster holes and irregularities.

Waterproof wallpaper

If you are lucky enough to deal with moisture-resistant wallpapers, you can not go against plain water - the water will simply roll down the hydrophobic layer to the floor. Know the structure of the wallpaper. Typically, water-repellent wallpaper is multi-layered, and removing the top protective layer, you can get to ordinary paper, which, as already known, is removed with the help of water.

If the water-repellent wallpaper is well-stitched, then removing the bottom paper layer is not necessary at all - it will be an excellent basis for gluing new wallpapers, providing excellent adhesion. If you still decide to completely remove, remove the water-repellent layer, gently picking up the wallpaper with a spatula and extending it from the bottom up. The remaining paper coating is removed with a damp sponge and scraped with a spatula.

Non-woven wallpaper

But in some cases, moisture-resistant wallpaper behaves not so well and do not exfoliate. In this situation, you will have to tinker a lot, cleaning the top protective layer with a spatula. Flizelinovye wallpaper only and removed, but there are a couple of tricks that will facilitate your task.

If the area is small, use a rigid metal brush( construction or dishwashing).If you have to clean a large room, it is better to use an electric tool, for example, an iron grinder with a metal brush. But even here everything is not as smooth as we would like - the top layer is made of synthetic materials and quickly clogs the brush of the device, so it will have to be cleaned quite often. However, perfectionism here is useless, and to remove non-woven wallpaper, you only need to scratch the surface properly, and do not completely clean the wallpaper. After that, water, a spatula and already familiar manipulations.


How to remove old wallpaper from walls, pasted on water-polymer glue

Glue wallpaper on water-polymer glue, or simply PVA, probably the most unfortunate idea. And by "lucky chance" in the generous Soviet times quite often came across such builders who glued wallpaper to the popular then "Bustilat".Why is PVA not suitable for wallpapering, because it really holds well? That's the problem - he's holding on too well. After hardening, the water-polymer glue does not lend itself to soaking and dissolving with water, so removing such wallpaper will be very difficult.

If you are faced with wallpaper, pasted on PVA, you should seriously think about other ways of finishing the wall. Remove the old wallpaper, without damaging the surface of the wall, you will not succeed. Of course, you can spend money on the plaster and paste new wallpaper, but it's worth considering less laborious options. For example, to cover the wall with plasterboard, which will save a lot of strength, time, and will give a better result. Gypsum cardboard will insulate the walls, provide sound insulation and will allow for any repairs, from gluing new wallpaper, finishing with art mosaic.

But back to the removal of wallpaper, pasted on PVA.Soak them will not work, no matter how hard you try, so be patient and have tools. Rip off the wallpaper will literally centimeter by centimeter with a sharpened spatula or scraper. If possible, use a milling cutter, which is designed specifically for cleaning the pasted or painted surfaces.

How to remove old wallpaper from drywall

The difficulty of working with gypsum cardboard is that during the removal of wallpaper, a paper layer on the surface of the material may suffer. For this reason, ordinary water can not be dispensed with. Use special means for dissolving wallpaper paste, which can be found in specialized construction stores. Wet wallpaper can be watered, but not abundantly - to not soak drywall. If the wallpaper is pasted to PVA, the plasterboard should be completely changed.

Useful trick: once someone tried to remove old wallpaper instead of water using hot steam, and it turned out! Smooth out the "hard" places with an iron with a steaming function or a steam generator, and the wallpaper will quickly peel off.

Why you should not glue wallpaper on old wallpaper

If you think that to paste new wallpaper on old ones is a good idea that will save time and effort, we recommend for a moment to think about the consequences. What is wallpaper? This coating, which for several long years has been in contact with things, human skin( then, mud), absorbed different smells, germs during illness. .. Now imagine that under your beautiful new wallpaper there will be such a dirty harmful layer, and after allThe new wallpaper will eventually become the same. Old wallpaper increases humidity in the room and can provoke infection with fungi and mold.


Removing the wallpaper is inevitable, so put up with it and use one of the above methods. Easy repair!