Sticky Subject: Wallpaper Removal!!


Look to the walls! Homeowners preparing Kenai houses for sale can hesitate when they
suspect the overall look and feel of the interior has grown dated. With good
reason, they may fear that prospective buyers will be drawn to newer,
fresher-looking competitors…yet the cost and delay of all-out remodel is


One alternative is to ‘look to the
walls’ for an easy and budget-friendly alternative to a complete remodel. Few
things can date a home the way old wallpaper does. Unfortunately, just painting
over it is not a solution that usually works very well. Let’s face it: the old
paper has to go!


many newer types come off with ease, it can be downright difficult to remove
old wallpaper. Those paisley daisies can be stubborn! Furthermore, many old
homes have several layers, making the process even more daunting. Like any of
the other processes involved in prepping houses for sale, this one will go
considerably faster if you keep the end goal – the major increase in value  –  in


If the offending wallpaper is a
non-porous material like vinyl, start by making holes in it with a puncturing
roller, handsaw blade, or even just rough sand paper. The holes will allow
steam or chemicals to get through to the glue – it’s what you are working to
neutralize. A wallpaper steamer helps ease wallpaper away by melting the glue
that bonds it to the wall. You can usually find this specialty equipment for
sale or rent at one of our Kenai Peninsula
hardware stores or home centers.


Another method is to spray or sponge on one
of the several chemical solutions that dissolve the old bonding glue. Most of
these preparations soak for about 15 minutes before removal. Alternatively,
there is the least expensive option — one that I find is usually just as
effective. This is a one-to-one solution of fabric softener and hot water (the
‘hot’ is important). Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle, then spray
directly onto the wall. This mixture works best when made in small batches that
keep the water hot enough to melt the glue.


Once the bond is loosened, starting in a
bottom corner, pull upward, using a putty knife as needed to ease the paper
away from the wall surface. After the paper is down, the best cleaning solution
is regular dish detergent preceding a water rinse and towel dry. (In case I
forgot to mention it, work clothes are a requirement for this project: old
work clothes!)


Do-it-yourself projects like this
considerably lower the cost of updating Kenai
houses for sale…especially when compared with the alternative of hiring a
pro.  If you’re looking for more ideas on
how to modernize and refresh your home before listing it for sale, don’t
hesitate to give me a call. Together, we can develop a pre-marketing plan that
works for you!

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