Lets be honest here, no one likes to remove wallpaper. But its necessary part of the job. Which is why we have accumulated all the special tools to remove it safely, and efficiently. Whether its grass paper, or vinyl, we have seen it all, and have removed most of it. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, it just will not come off.
DIY Wallpaper Removal
This could be a week end project, if your ok on ladders. This is totally doable by most homeowners. Everything you need is available locally. Plus there is Youtube. But, if you would rather hire out the job, we would be happy to give you a quote on the work. When we quote removing wallpaper only, we include patching and priming. This way your left with ready to paint walls that dont need anymore work.
When wallpaper won't come off!
It does happen. We use wallpaper steamers, its faster, easier, and often removes the wallpaper cleaner than scoring and Dif. However, sometimes even with a steamer, it still refuses to come off. In this case our only option is to seal it into the wall, and then paint it. This is a last resort option, and is strongly discouraged.
Wallpaper Removal: Hidden Factors
Sometimes it is installed to ‘hide’ defects in a wall or ceiling surface, that isn’t noticeable prior to removal. Often times multiple layers of wallpaper are installed, with out proper prep between layers. Further complicating the process is the damage that can occur when you attempt to remove wallpaper. Sometimes this damage is avoidable, other times it is not. Sometimes wallpaper comes off and sometimes it doesn’t. No one knows how the wallpaper will come off just by looking at it. Further 3 walls in a room may come off beautifully, yet the 4th wall may not come off at all.
The other factors, is damage hidden by wallpaper which can include, but not limited too, cracks, holes, bumps and bulges. All these can, and have been effectively ‘hidden’ by wallpaper. You just dont know, until you remove it. Once removed, these ‘hidden factors’ will often need to be addressed prior to painting.