Damaged Wallpaper RemovalRemoving damaged wallpaper from your wall can be a daunting task. Walls damaged by water take time and special skills to remove. The type of your wall can further complicate the process as it will take a different approach when dealing with either drywall or plaster walls. Unprimed walls are much more difficult to deal with when it comes to removing wallpaper damaged by water.

Before you take on your water damaged wallpaper removal project, seek the advice and services of experts like MVP Home Specialists in Baltimore MD. There are various methods that can be applied to make the process of removing a damaged wallpaper less complex. They include dry-stripping, soaking then scraping off, or steaming.

Dry-stripping involves loosening the corners of each wallpaper strip preferably with a putty knife then peeling them off from the wall. When doing this, care must be taken to avoid damaging the surface underneath the wallpaper. This process should be followed by either soaking and scraping or steaming the remaining pieces or layers of the wallpaper.

Soaking and scraping method is most suitable for removing any pieces or layers of wallpaper that stubbornly stick after dry-stripping. It involves dampening the working surface with a wallpaper liquid removal solution. You can use a spray bottle or a paint roller to generously apply the wallpaper removal solution. The damp paper is then scraped off the wall using either a scraper or any flat-edged knife.

Steaming method works best on more stubborn layers of wallpaper like a wallpaper layer lying underneath a layer of paint. It is also best to use on unprimed surfaces. It involves using a wallpaper steamer which is a hotplate being heated by steam and. The steamer then soaks the layers of the wallpaper and makes them easy to remove by scraping. This method works well with plaster wall.

The following is a step-by-step procedure on how to remove a damaged wallpaper from your wall.

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Step 1: Prepare the room

Remove unnecessary items around the work area. Cover all sockets on the working wall surface to protect them from liquid spills and cover pieces of furniture and carpet in the room to avoid catching dirt and contamination.

Step 2: Dry-stripping

Loosen the corners of the wallpapers using a putty knife then carefully peel the strips while holding them at about 15 degrees. Make sure the process does not damage the underlying surface particularly if it is drywall.

Step 3: Soaking and scraping

Generously apply a prepared wallpaper removal solvent either by spraying or using a painting roller on to the un-removed layers of wallpaper after the dry-stripping. Do this evenly and wait for a few minutes for the wallpaper to form blisters.

Using a wallpaper scraper, carefully and systematically remove the softened layers of wallpaper starting from the edges and the blistered areas.

Step 4: Steaming

If there are stubborn layers of wallpaper after the above processes then you may need to use a wallpaper steamer.

Place and hold the steamer hotplate on the surface you intend to work on until the steam softens the paper and the adhesive material. Be careful not to hold the hot plate for too long to damage the drywall underneath.

Use the wallpaper scraper to remove the loosened wallpaper while taking care not to damage the surface underneath.

Step 5: Clean and repair the damages

Using hot water, wash the wall and remove any traces of wallpaper and glue. Follow by wiping the area with water and dry using a towel.

Use fillers to fill any holes created on the surface as you repair any other visible damages.