Zillow Advice: Home Improvement - Professional wallpaper removal. Is it worth it? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate BEST WAY TO REMOVE WALLPAPER ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ BEST WAY TO REMOVE WALLPAPER AND WALLPAPER GLUE IS BY RENTING A PAINTING SPRAY MACHINE &nbsp;THEN COVER ALL THE FLOOR WITH NILON BLUE TAPE ALL THE CONERS MAKE SHORE EVERY THING IS COVE THEN AND 50/50 WATER AND FABRIC SOFTENER SPRITE ALL THE AREA THAT IT GETTING REMOVING THE MORE WATER AND FABRIC SOFTER YOU SPRITE THE MORE FASTER AND EASY !!! WILL BE THE JOB ENJOY THIS JOB IT NO EASY ...<br/><br/>[contact info deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good neighbor Policy for posting guidelines] Mon, 20 Jan 2014 03:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ 2014-01-20T03:08:00Z Dif doesn't work.&nbsp; Steamer ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ <p>Dif doesn't work.&nbsp; Steamer works after you remove any plastic top coat.&nbsp; I rented a steamer from my local paint store; the guy asked if I wanted to be listed as a regular wall paper removal service provider.&nbsp; I didn't say yes.&nbsp; I'd say production rates with the steamer are about one sqare foot per 2-3 minutes.&nbsp; So thirty square feet per hour.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Dec 2008 05:44:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ 2008-12-12T05:44:00Z I find when I'm stripping ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ <p>I find when I'm stripping wall paper that I have to get into the rhythm of "just the right saturation".&nbsp; When it is perfect, huge sheets fall off.&nbsp; When a bit too wet or a bit too dry, the pieces are about the size of a quarter and then a bottle of beer is the best recourse (for the worker, not the wallpaper).&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Removing 100% of the glue is critical before painting with water based painte or bubbling will happen, unless you use a shellac primer.&nbsp;&nbsp; The shellac primer stinks (i.e good ventilation required), and is a bother because it isn't water based.&nbsp;&nbsp; However, it is worth the effort because a few 1/4" specks of old glue making the new paint bubble is a real headache.</p> Sun, 03 Aug 2008 22:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ 2008-08-03T22:30:00Z Thank you Pinks!&nbsp; The ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ <p>Thank you Pinks!&nbsp; The fabric softener trick works! &nbsp;I just took down 20 year old wallpaper that was very well adhered to the wall.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Just like you said, it took basically two times going over the wall; once for the wallpaper and once for the backing.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Not so bad at all.</p> Sun, 03 Aug 2008 21:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ 2008-08-03T21:56:00Z I'm in the middle of removing ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ <p>I'm in the middle of removing wall paper right now and can see why buyers discount or walk away from homes with lots of wall paper.&nbsp; Unless someone comes up with paper that comes down like post-it's I would discourage anyone from every putting it up as buyers will be turned off by the pattern or the time/money it takes to remove it.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 14:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ 2008-07-31T14:02:00Z The fabric softener dissolves ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ <p><em>The fabric softener dissolves the glue and the paper literally slides off</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Who knew? I'll try to remember the <em>fabric softener</em> tip in case I ever tackle that maschochistic job again :-). (Actually, it's not that bad usually with one or 2 smaller rooms.&nbsp; If&nbsp; I see a whole houseful of bad looking wallpaper tho, I usually think "hire a pro".....)<br/></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 20:44:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ 2008-07-30T20:44:00Z Thanks for the advice. I ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ <p>Thanks for the advice. I will try the fabric softener because DIF just doesn't seem to work that well...</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 19:21:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ 2008-07-30T19:21:00Z Sometimes (as in my MB right ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ <p>Sometimes (as in my MB right now) the wallpaper is thick so I'm pulling of the thick paper dry and then I'll saturate the rest of the paper w/ the solution and scrape.&nbsp; Basically the paper backing and glue.&nbsp; I love the fabric softener because it smells good and doesn't bother the 'house' as far as my kids, pets, etc.&nbsp; Works great too!</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 13:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ 2008-07-30T13:56:00Z Love the fabric softener ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ <p>Love the fabric softener idea.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I've never put up any wallpaper but I sure have spent hours removing the stuff!</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ 2008-07-30T08:01:00Z Pinks answer completely makes ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ <p>Pinks answer completely makes sence.&nbsp; Wall paper glue is only a "starch".&nbsp; Fabric softener with warm water will disolve the starch as long as you can get it to the starch.&nbsp; Saturate it with a big spunge, or use a steamer to saturate it; doesn't make much difference; but saturate it before trying to scrape.&nbsp; If you have not put enough water in and have not given enough time for the adheasive to disolve, you are wasting your time trying to scrape.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>It is a bit different if the wall paper had been painted over.&nbsp; This makes it much harder to get to the water and softener to the adheasive.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 04:38:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Professional-wallpaper-removal-Is-it-worth-it/38604/ 2008-07-30T04:38:00Z