3 Easy Wallpaper Removing Hacks Every Homeowner Must Know

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If you move into an older home, there is a good chance that you will find some type of wallpaper that looks like it has been hanging in place since the home was built. While modern wallpaper designs give you the ability to transform a space quickly, outdated wallpaper can be a tasteless eyesore to contend with, and even worse, it can seem very hard to remove. If you are facing a wallpaper removal project, you could spend hours scouring the internet to find the best tips. Here are a few of the most simple wallpaper-removal hacks you should know before you get started. 

1. Try a hair dryer. - The glue that holds wallpaper in place is usually heat or moisture activated. Therefore, you may be able to soften the glue up enough to peel it away from the wall just by heating up the glue. Turn your hair dryer on a high-heat setting and work with one small section of wallpaper at one time. As you get one section heated, try to peel it away from the wall. If it starts to peel, have someone else use the blow dryer to blow hot air behind the wallpaper as you slowly peel it away. 

2. Score the wallpaper to allow treatments to soak through to the backing. - If you just go at wallpaper with some kind of mixed solution, chances are the solution will not make it through the outer layer of paper. Many wallpaper types are designed to be moisture resistant, often having a slick outer layer that repels water. Before using a moisture-based solution on your wallpaper to try and remove it, use a small razor blade or exacto knife to perforate the paper. This will allow whatever solution you use to make it behind the paper where it matters most. 

3. Soak the wallpaper with fabric softener. - Fabric softener works well to soften hardened glue on the back of the wallpaper. Pour a capful of fabric softener into a spray bottle and fill the rest of the way with warm water. Generously spray the solution over a section of paper, allow it to sit for a few minutes, and then try to pull the paper away from the wall. If you have managed to already pull away a small section, try to get some of the solution in behind the paper and make sure you have added a few score marks to help further the process. To find out more, visit a website like http://www.dschultzwallcoverings.com.


29 June 2016

Lawn Care Maintenance: A Year Round Effort

Most of us take great pride in our homes and do everything we can to ensure its beauty and comfort. While attending to our home's interior, we sometimes tend to neglect the lawn, especially during winter. Since moving into my "dream home" I feel compelled to maintain the lawn and garden as impeccably as I do the interior. That's why I've hired a lawn care team to see that my landscape is in tip-top shape all year round. I've learned the importance of fertilization during the late fall and early winter. Keeping the lawn trimmed during those cold winter months will help, too. The experts even help prepare my lawn for the upcoming spring. During this time, family celebrations and parties are plentiful, and I plan to have the best looking lawn on the block. I can't wait for spring to come!