Yes, it’ an ugly job, we know. For somebody removing old papers is a nightmare. With all those wetting, scrubbing wallpapers and dealing with everything that the unhanging the wallpapers means… it is really dreadfully boring thing, isn’t it?

It happened to each of us at least once in a lifetime that we face the problem of dealing with various wallpapers, including those like York wallcovering. When renovating or making repair, we have to make a decision, if to leave wallpapers on the walls, to paint them or to take them off the walls. Of course, your answer may sound like this: plenty of time can be saved with pasting wallpapers from online wallpaper store over, while stripping old wallpapers off the walls will be much more difficult.


However, these two ways mentioned are quite possible, but just on a condition: you have to prepare well, otherwise you may have unpleasant results and be disappointed. As a sensible person you do realize that what can save you time today may turn out as a complication in the future. And, to be honest, even pasting the best and one-of-a-kind wallpaper often doesn’t solve the problem. And all you have to do is to take courage and start preparing for removing old wallpapers.

First of all, understand the first thing – there is no easy way to remove wallpaper, even the York wallcovering. The process is a complete mess and time-consuming activity. But the second – and pleasant thing – is the following: if you use the appropriate tools, you will manage it. There exist various techniques, and you should learn them to know exactly which one is better for you. So, shall we start?

Wallpapers type

You, probably, know already that wallpapers are classified into three types: strippable, traditional and those with coating (peelable). Let’s take a closer look at them.


· Strippable are easy to be removed, and you don’t have to make a push, because such type doesn’t require tearing them or using steam;

· A wallpaper of more traditional type (meaning, it is not coated and not treated with anything) can be taken off the walls after some water treatment, when all the walls with wallpaper are getting wet;

· This type is the most difficult to be removed from the walls, even if it is Thibaut wallpaper or Duralee fabrics. Such wallpapers are coated with vinyl or laminate. They are washable, and this is the reason why they are difficult to be removed – water can hardly penetrate them.


Walls type

Back ago, starting from the 1950s, houses were built with drywall, while older houses were constructed plaster, which was over metal lathe, or gypsum and wood. Taking wallpapers off a drywall can be quite uneasy task, because the surface of it sticks to the wallpaper, making it hardly possible to remove the wallpaper without any wall damage. It’s not the problem for plaster-built walls, though.


If you are not sure about the type of your walls, try the following: take a wall plate off and examine the opened wall section. If it is drywall, it will be thin and uniform in a greater extent, especially in comparison with plaster; as a rule, the latter is troweled, up to electric panel.

No matter how old your house is, drywall can always be in place, as renovations, repair or remodeling often happen, as soon as the owners of the house can change frequently.


Wallpaper removal

Before unhanging wallpapers, your room and walls should be prepared accordingly. No wall plates around light switches; use a tape to avoid any kind of moisture or water getting on outlets and switches.


The floors should be covered with a drop cloth in order not to damage floors. Floorboards, as well as wainscoting, are better to be taped over not to be damaged.

For non-treated York wallcovering, it’s very easy to deal with it. Just use a garden sprayer with a mixture of water and the solution for wallpaper removing, and spray it over the entire surface of the wallpaper. Let the solution and water absorb for maximum 25 seconds and after quickly lift wallpaper with a scraper, and take it off the wall immediately.


With TSP and a big sponge you get rid of all wallcoverings or glue residue, if there are any. Then, give your wall a day or two to dry before it’s going to be repaired or painted.

Let’s do it step-by-step

· Removing wallpaper with water

Take a concentrator of liquid stripper. Pour some hot water into it, as the directions of manufacturer indicate. With the help of sprayer or a large brush, work with the surface from top to bottom. After, wait some minutes for the paper to soak and start stripping it away. Frequently, it happens that old wallpapers hardly absorb water. In such a case, you should use wetting agent two times and wait for about half an hour. After that, it will be very easy to remove wallpapers.


· Peelable wallpaper

The main feature of such wallpaper is that there is some coating on them, which is easy to be removed with actions like with strippable wallpapers. The main thing is to remove all the backing, no matter how good the condition of it may be.


· Washable wallpapers

Washable wallpapers are always harder to be taken off, as have been already said above. Paper is penetrated badly, because water doesn’t go through the plastic film that the York wallcovering is covered with. Here the scoring tool and spray bottle can be quite helpful. After ten minutes take the wallpapers off using a putty knife.


· Removing York wallcovering with steam

It’s a very effortful job, as you have to perform steaming and removing at one and the same time, simultaneously. The boiling water makes glue softer, and thus, it’s much easier to remove wallpaper from the wall. As for the wallpapers coated with vinyl, you will need scoring tool anyway to help you, for the steam to “find way” to glue.


To find out more about types of wallpapers and their peculiarities, visit Mahones Wallpaper Store and see all necessary information.