Chemical Stripping Solution
Chemical stripping solution can be bought as a spray or as a bottle, and sometimes may need diluting so make sure to read the instructions before application. These products will loosen the adhesive, making peeling the wallpaper an easier job. However, these are easier for smaller areas with less wallpaper as it is pretty time-consuming!
- Firstly, score the wallpaper with a hobby knife, which will allow the solution to reach the backing paper and dissolve the adhesive more effectively. Take care not to cut into the wall.
- Following the bottle’s instructions, soak the paper in the solution, either using a spray nozzle or a sponge. Then leave it for 5-10 minutes to allow the adhesive to loosen from the wall.
- Using a 3-inch scraper, start to remove the wallpaper in short and sharp movements. In order not to scratch the wall itself, keep an even pressure on the scraper to keep it flat against the wall.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have removed all the wallpaper.
- Before redecorating the wall, it’s important that you clean it of any excess residue.
- Score the corners between the wall and ceiling to prevent the ceiling from being damaged. Once the majority of wallpaper has been cleared, use wallpaper stripper to remove stubborn wallpaper residue. Wipe the walls with a cloth or rag and check whether parts of the walls need repairing once they’re completely dry. Once these repairs have been completed, the room should be ready for decorating!