If you’ve got a decorating project on the go, you might need to remove some old wallpaper first. Unfortunately, this isn’t the most pleasant of tasks; it can be quite messy and time-consuming but certainly worth it in the long run. Follow these top tips to find out how to successfully get rid of your outdated wallpaper without causing any damage to the walls beneath.
It’s very important that you protect your floors and furniture with dust sheets before you start so that you don’t ruin them. Dust sheets are an absolute must fir any decorating project. You might even want to move some furniture out of the room and store it elsewhere, just to be extra careful.
It’s worth testing a little area of the wallpaper to see if it’s easy to remove. Use the sponge to dampen a small section and with a scraper you can start removing the paper. Testing will give you a clue as to how long the task is going to take. Hopefully you’ll get lucky and there won’t be many layers. Some wallpaper will come of in strips, which would also be handy for you.
Be sure to consider all of the power sources in the room when using your damp sponge. You don’t want water running down into the sockets as this can be extremely dangerous.
What’s more, when you’re scraping the wallpaper, you’ll have to be careful not to dig into the wall underneath with your tools. It’s also vital that you remove absolutely all of the paper and paste so that the walls are nice and smooth for the new paint. If you’re not careful and thorough, your new paint will flake and crack and it won’t look nice at all.
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