Home improvement projects are a part of spring-cleaning in some homes, and this year I am redoing my bathroom. This home improvement project involves removing the old wallpaper before I can add the new. There are several ways to do begin removing wallpaper, and I found an easy inexpensive way to do it.
Removing wallpaper that has been hanging on the wall for a number of years is a task one would rather skip or delegate. Skipping it is lazy and just creates more problems in the future. It needs to come off, and there are a few shortcuts here, which will help. I found an easy way to remove the wallpaper that has been hanging on my bathroom wall for three years easily, and it did not take that much of an effort.
Ray came home with a bottle of Dif wallpaper stripper, which is supposed to be a no mess drip less stripper. He also came home with a stripper wheel called a Paper Tiger, which is an awesome little tool with two spiked wheels inside that score the paper making it easier to remove. This tool is manual and requires only hand movement to use. Those little wheels put pin size holes in the wallpaper so the Dif liquid can penetrate the wallpaper and begin working on loosening the paste.
The bottle of Dif said to use the tool first, and I did this. The tool is a small hand held tool, which appears to be a black knob with a red top. The bottom of the tool is where the real action takes place. This tool has the two spikes wheels, which rotate as you glide it across the wallpaper and it scores the paper making removing it easier.
The bottle of Dif says to allow this to soak into the paper for 20 minutes and the paper comes off in strips. If you find the paper is not coming off as easily as you think it should go ahead and use the hand tool to score more holes in the covering.
Removing the wallpaper was easier when it was scored more, so run the paper tiger over the paper several times. If you have, a bored child this is a great task to keep them occupied.
When the bottles of Dif ran out, being the cheap skate I am I filled the bottle with warm water, which worked as well if not better, than the Dif solution. The water also helped wash way more of the left over bits of paper that remained on the wall.
Now that we have removed the old paper it is time to commence fixing the nicks and hanging new wallpaper to create a ‘new look’. If you were on a tight budget, I would skip the Dif and use warm tap water, which is much cheaper.