Wallpaper Removal

Wallpapers have been staples in interior design since the 16th century. There is one thing apparent about using wallpaper: their advantages are short-lived.

If your home has wallpaper that has been stuck for many years, it’s about time to remove it. But the process is not easy, especially if you don’t have the skills or experience in this department. Instead, hire qualified painting contractors in San Ramon. They will do a better job of removing your wallpaper, leaving your walls clean for a new coat of paint or other new treatments.

Reasons for removing wallpaper

Painter worker peeling off wallpaper

There are several reasons you might want to remove wallpaper from your walls:

  • Outdated style – Wallpaper can become dated over time and changing it can help refresh your room’s look and feel.
  • Wear and tear – Wallpaper can start to peel or fade, making removal necessary.
  • Change in taste – You might prefer a different type of wall covering, such as paint or paneling. Or you might want a different style of wallpaper.
  • Preparation for painting – If you want to paint the walls, you must remove the existing wallpaper first.
  • Moisture damage – Wallpaper can trap moisture between itself and the wall, leading to mold growth. Wallpaper removal can help prevent these issues.
  • Difficulty in maintenance – Wallpaper can be more challenging to clean and maintain than painted walls.
  • Improper installation – If the wallpaper is not installed properly, it can lead to bubbling or other issues that make removal necessary.
  • Preparation for renovation or remodeling – If you’re renovating or remodeling, you may want to remove the wallpaper. It will allow you to make changes to the wall structure or add new finishes.
  • Health and safety concerns – Older wallpapers may contain harmful materials like lead or asbestos. Removing them helps improve your health and safety.

How does Custom Painting, Inc. remove wallpaper and paint walls?

Custom Painting, Inc. uses the appropriate tools and techniques to remove wallpaper and prepare walls for a new finish.

1. Preparation

  • Protect the area – We cover the floor and furniture with drop cloths or plastic sheeting.
  • Turn off power – If there are electrical outlets and switches on the walls, we may turn off the power in the room and cover the outlets.

2. Wallpaper removal

  • Score the wallpaper – We use a wallpaper scorer to create small holes in the wallpaper. This allows the water or wallpaper remover to penetrate the adhesive.
  • Apply water or wallpaper remover  – We spray the wallpaper with a solution of warm water and mild detergent or a commercial wallpaper remover. Then we let it soak for several minutes.
  • Peel off the wallpaper – We use a putty knife or wallpaper scraper to loosen the wallpaper’s corner. Then, we lift and remove the wallpaper.
  • Clean off adhesive – After removing the wallpaper, we use a sponge or cloth with warm water to remove leftover adhesive from the wall.

3. Wall preparation

  • Inspect the walls – We thoroughly check the walls for damage or imperfections, such as holes, cracks, or rough spots.
  • Repair damage – We fill any holes or cracks with spackling paste or joint compound and leave it dry. Then, we sand the hardened filler to smoothen the surface.
  • Sand the walls – Sanding the walls will create a smooth surface for painting.
  • Clean the walls –  We wipe down the walls with a damp cloth to remove dust and debris.

4. Priming the walls

  • Apply primer – If the walls are stained or porous, we apply a coat of primer to ensure even coverage and better adhesion for the paint.

5. Painting the walls

  • Choose the right paint – We select the appropriate paint type and finish for the room and surface.
  • Use high-quality brushes and rollers – These tools help us to achieve a smooth finish.
  • Apply paint – We paint the edges and corners with a brush, then use a roller to cover the larger areas of the wall. We apply multiple coats if necessary, allowing each coat to dry according to the paint manufacturer’s instructions.

a paint roller on the wall

Why Choose Custom Painting, Inc.?

Hiring Custom Painting, Inc. for your wallpaper removal project can bring you several benefits:

  • Experience and expertise
  • Proper tools and equipment
  • Time savings
  • Minimized damage risk
  • Safety
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Cleaner results
  • Peace of mind

Contact us!

Don’t cut corners when it comes to maintaining your home’s appearance and beauty. If you want to give your room a new look but have wallpaper removal concerns, Custom Painting, Inc. will do the job for you! Call us at 925-866-9610 or complete our contact form for a free estimate.