Wallpaper is an easy and cost-effective way to cover damaged walls. The key is to choose the right kind of wall covering for your particular situation and budget.
The right type of wallpaper will hide flaws, create a stunning finish and boost longevity. Textured wallpaper is the ideal option if you’re looking for a simple way to conceal surface marks, dents or cracks – and make your walls look like new again.
It can also provide a smooth surface for painting, giving you more freedom to change the colour of your home or add new features down the line.
One of the most common causes of wallpaper damage is a water leak that goes unnoticed. Whether it’s caused by a plumbing issue, roof leak, or toilet backup, leaking liquid can cause stains and peeling paper that won’t go away.
If you notice water stains or small torn patches in your wallpaper, it’s time to get it replaced. If you don’t address the problem right away, it can lead to irremovable stains, peeling paper and even the formation of mold in your wall.
You can try to repair the source of the leak, but if not possible you’ll need to remove the wallpaper and make repairs to your drywall.
When removing wallpaper from water-damaged walls, it’s essential to use a specialized stripper that will allow the paper to soak up the liquid and be removed without damaging it. You can buy these products in stores or online.
Before applying the stripper, it’s important to measure the size of your wall and apply it carefully. Consider using a level, ruler, and plastic smoother to ensure a consistent and clean application.
Then, work the stripper into your paper by making multiple line cuts.
This will help to break up the thick paper and allow it to soak up water more efficiently. After a few minutes, scrape off the excess with a putty knife or flexible spatula.
If you’re dealing with a particularly stubborn piece of wallpaper, you might need to repeat this process until the material softens and releases from the wall. Be sure to work slowly and use a scraper with rounded corners to make the job easier on yourself.
Lastly, be careful not to rip or tear your wallpaper when removing it. This can result in large, chunky pieces of paper that will take up too much space on your wall and be difficult to remove.
You should always test any wallpaper before putting it on your walls, to make sure it’s the right colour and texture. This is especially important if you’re covering a textured wall, as textured wallpapers can sometimes peel off too easily or not adhere to your wall at all.
Removing Removable Wall Paper:
Unlike traditional wallpapers, removable wall paper is usually easier to remove and won’t tear the wall as easily. However, if you’re trying to remove a mural, it’s crucial that you pull at a 45-degree angle to avoid any tears or damage to your wall.