Wallpaper and tile are both standard materials used in homes around the world. Unfortunately, these two materials have something in common, they both rely on adhesive to hold them in place. This makes them easy to put on, but it makes the materials much more difficult to remove than another product might be. If you try to tackle the work on your own, you might find yourself having more trouble than you expect. Here are a few tips to smooth out the removal process, and help you get your walls and floors clear for a whole new look.
Removing wallpaper can be a real chore, but these tips will simplify the process and hopefully shorten it as well.
- Try to Pull It Right Off – Before you commit to a difficult removal process, gently try to pull the wallpaper off with your bare hands. Some papers peel right off without leaving behind residue. If that’s the case for this paper, just pull it right down and you’re done.
- Apply Some Steam Power – Try using a wallpaper steamer for more difficult to remove paper. It softens the adhesive holding the paper in place and makes quick work of most removal projects. Most big rental companies and some hardware stores make this tool available.
- Soak the Paper – Older wallpaper that makes use of adhesive paste is tough to remove, but there is a simple technique to take care of it. Mix together water, detergent and a small amount of cellulose paste. Now paint the mixture right onto the surface of the wallpaper to soak it thoroughly. If you have a water-resistant wallpaper, you’ll have to scrape it or score it before you begin to allow the liquid to soak in. Once the paper is fully saturated, simply wipe it away using a scrubber or scraper.
How to Remove Tile
Removing tile isn’t an easy task, and something that many homeowners decide is simply more trouble than its worth. If that doesn’t scare you away, there are some tips to help make the process a bit easier. Read through them and try out the most applicable to your tile flooring to cut down on your time investment.
- Wear Protective Gloves – When tile breaks it gets sharp, make sure that you’re wearing leather work gloves to protect your hands, before you start breaking the tiles off.
- Hammer and Chisel – To start with, break away tile with a cold chisel and mini sledge hammer. Break down to the sub-floor to see what the tile is adhered to.
- Pry up Mortar – After you dig down into the tile you’ll quickly see what the tile is stuck to. If it’s sitting in a bed of mortar, you’re in luck. It should be easy to remove. Get a big flat bar, and begin prying up the tile and mortar all at once. Work from one side of the room.
- Cut Plywood or Cement Board – If you’re dealing with plywood or cement backer board as the underlayment for your tile flooring, your best option is to cut away the tile. Pry up two rows of tiles so that they intersect in the middle of the floor. Now carefully cut through the underlayment to remove the tile. Be careful to cut the underlayment without cutting the subfloor.
A reciprocating saw works best for this job, but make sure you have one with plenty of power because it’s a long process.
Consider a Professional
Tile and wallpaper removal is a significant project and not something that everyone is equipped to handle. Many homeowners decide to rely on professionals to save time and to ensure a complete removal of the tile or wallpaper. Contact a contractor like Sebring Services or check out this company to find a professional.
Hopefully these tips will simplify your project and help speed up the removal process for you. Every project is different and not all the tips will work for you. Just try the ones that make sense to you, and keep using the hints that help you the most while avoiding the rest.