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Reader Question: How Can I Remove Old Wallpaper?

Ready to give your walls a makeover? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get rid of old wallpaper

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

Q: I am planning to remove the wallpaper in our bedroom which has been on the wall for almost 19 years. I have been looking for a wallpaper remover but unfortunately, it seems to be out-of-stock in most hardware stores. What type and brand of  wallpaper remover is best and where can I get it? Is there an alternative to using the remover? Help!—Linda N. Tay, Novaliches, Q.C.

A: Here are the steps for removing your wallpaper:

  • Turn off the electricity. You can use rechargeable lamps to light the area.
  • Remove the vents, outlet covers, and switch plates. Cover the openings with plastic and tape.
  • Move the furniture away from the walls and cover completely with plastic.
  • Cover the bottom of the walls and the corners of the floors with plastic and tape.
  • Look for the area where the wallpaper is loose. Use a putty knife to lift the edges and pull the wallpaper away from the wall.
  • Once you have removed the top layer, apply hot water to the wall with a sponge to soften the paste
  • Once the backing is soft and easy-to-remove, scrape the backing off the wall with a metal spatula or putty knife.

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Read the original article ("Ask It") in the December 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

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