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Johnson Brothers LLC Pricing Policy on Wallpaper...Due to the difficult nature of wallpaper removal, we charge an hourly fee of $25.00 an hour for wallpaper/glue removal. 

  Preliminary Steps

Lay drop cloths over carpet and anything else you want to protect. Use small nails to attach to wall edges if necessary, but keep in mind that drop cloths move around a lot even if you nail them. Moving furniture out of the room to be stripped will make your life easier.

Shut off         Turn off  circuit breakers to any room outlets and lights. If you have a job and an active weekend social life (and therefore intend to do this at night after work), invest in a halogen work lamp and a long extension cord.

                      Remove covers from outlets and switch plates. Keep everything (including the screws) in a safe place.

       

Figure out your walls are made of. This let you know how gentle you have to be while stripping your wallpaper. Most walls are made either of plaster or drywall. While plaster is hard, durable, and fairly water-resistant, drywall is nothing more than paper-covered gypsum and shouldn’t be allowed to get too wet. The easiest way to tell the difference is to tap the wall in various places; if it sounds hollow, you have drywall. If you use a wallpaper removal method that involves liquid or steam, go easy on your drywall.

 

    Determine what type of wallpaper you have. There are many kinds of wallpaper, but the removal process will go a lot smoother with the strippable type or peelable-top-layer type than the traditional varieties. To test this out, work your putty knife under a corner of the wallpaper, loosen it, and try to peel it back with your hands.

o    If the whole thing peels away in one piece, you have strippable wallpaper. A bottle of champagne is in order.

o    If, much like a cheap label, only the surface layer peels away, leaving a papery bottom layer, your wallpaper has a peelable top layer. This isn’t as easy to remove as strippable wallpaper, but you should still consider yourself lucky that you don’t have the traditional kind.

o    If you cannot peel your wallpaper away from your wall by hand (or can only peel a thin strip away at a time), you have traditional wall paper. You will have to remove it either with stripping solution or a wallpaper steamer.

Remove Strippable Wallpaper

 

          Bend and loosen a corner. Strippable wallpaper is easily removed and can often be pulled off in one piece.

 

          Strip the wallpaper off the wall. If the sheet tears, find a new corner and start over.

 

          Wash away residue. Clean with soap and hot water, rinse, and then dry with a clean towel or rag.

Remove Wallpaper with a Peelable Top Layer

Find and loosen a corner of the top layer. The top layer is often made of vinyl and should pull off easily. Once the top layer is off, the backing paper remains. If the sheet tears, find a new corner and start over.

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          Soak the backing paper with water for several minutes. Apply warm water with a rag, sponge, or paint roller (for hard-to-           reach places).

 

           Scrape and peel the backing paper off the wall. Use a plastic putty knife to scrape the sticker areas.

 

            Wash away residue. Clean with soap and hot water, rinse, and then dry with a clean towel or rag.

Remove Traditional Wallpaper with Stripping Solution

o    Some people skip the scoring process because it can create small holes in the paper on the drywall. If you have a real plaster wall, this isn't as much of an issue.

o    If you don't want to score your wallpaper, use 120-grit sand paper with a vibrating sander. Sand just enough to take some of the color off.

o    A vinegar solution would also effective, cheap, and non-toxic. Consider using a 20-percent solution, but if you’d feel more comfortable with a milder concentration, feel free to experiment.

o    Another cheap alternative is fabric softener at about 25- to 50-percent solution. It doesn't have to be fancy fabric softener, but do make sure it’s unscented.

o    Mixing your stripping solution in small batches will keep the water hot.

o    A spray bottle can make the solution much easier to apply but will also cool down it faster. Weigh your options.

o    Peel upwards. This will make it easier to wedge the putty knife between the uplifted paper and the wall.

Remove Traditional Wallpaper with Steam

o    Some people skip the scoring process because it can create small holes in the paper on the drywall. If you have a real plaster wall, this isn't as much of an issue.

o    Be careful when using the steamer around drywall. The extra moisture may damage your walls.

o    Since the steamer will probably drip hot water, be sure to wear gloves and long sleeves.

o    Peel upwards. This will make it easier to wedge the putty knife between the uplifted paper and the wall.