Why Hire a Professional for Wallpaper Removal
The Benefits of a Professional Wallpaper Remover
Wall Damage Protection
Removing wallpaper requires soaking the paper with solvents and other chemicals in order to loosen the paper. If you don’t have the knowledge and experience that our wallpaper removal specialists have, you run the risk of doing serious damage to the wall underneath. A professional will know exactly how much to use and for how long to let the chemicals soak in. They will be aware of what specific chemicals and mixtures to use for your specific type of wallpaper as well. When doing a DIY wallpaper removal, you’ll also need to take into account any dents or dings in the wall. Many projects will require more than just removing the paper; there’s the need to smooth over any damage to the drywall and sand down any visible seams.
Proper Wallpaper Removal Materials and Tools
Removing wallpaper is a tremendously time-consuming project. It also may require special tools in order to perform the job effectively. For example, you’re going to need a ladder and some spray bottles, used to dampen the wallpaper. You’re then going to need scoring tools and putty knives to scrape all of the wallpaper. And that means all of it: every last little scrap, every stubborn remainder. In some cases you’re going to need special chemicals, as mentioned elsewhere. Whenever working with chemicals you’re going to want to purchase rubber gloves, eye protection, and a breathing mask. In addition to all this, you’re going to need dropcloths, plastic, and tape, just as if you were tackling a home painting project. These items can quickly rack up quite a price tag. It’s usually more cost-effective not to spend tons of money on tools and equipment that you’ll likely never use again, but instead to hire a professional who performs this type of work frequently.
Depending on the type of wallpaper and the method originally used to install it, your wallpaper removal may take additional steps beyond removing the paper. As mentioned above, a professional will know what chemicals and how much of them to use, but they will also know whether steam will be required, if the wall can be peeled easily, or if it’ll need to be scored and scraped, and if the wall needs sealing before skimming and retexturing the wall beneath the paper. In almost all cases, this is a very intricate project requiring good attention to detail. If you don’t think you have patience to pick away at the same section of wall for hours on end, this may not be the DIY project for you. Instead, let the experts who handle these types of projects on a day to day basis take the reigns.