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Wallpaper has been around for several generations. In the beginning,
wallpaper was made of real paper and home-made pastes, making its
removal fairly easy. Since then, wallpaper has become extremely
popular in the decorating scene and manufacturers have made
necessary advancements. Wall paper is now available in several outer
surfaces including silk, fabric, string, grass cloth/burlap,
cork-faced, foil and even vinyl. An array of unique colors and
printed patterns are also available.
Along with wallpaper advancements, also came a difficulty in
removal. New adhesives were needed to give the wallpaper extra
strength and help it adhere to the wall. For this reason, very few
types of wall paper easily come off with the use of hot water and a
sponge. Often, hot water and a stripper are necessary to get the
sticky backing and paste off the wall.
You'll find the most difficulty removing vinyl coated wallpapers.
Often it is referred to as “strippable” wallpaper. Ironically, it
isn't that simple to strip. Most vinyl coated wallpapers require not
only a liquid remover, but it must also be scored in order to expose
the adhesive. You may even need to rent a steamer or an electric
heated scraper for removal purposes.
In addition, wallpaper that has been professionally installed most
likely needs to be professional removed. Pros use additional
activators on pre-pasted wallpaper, thickening the overall
adhesiveness and making it stronger, yet harder to remove.