Removing the wallpaper off your wall can be a major headache. The job requires that you purchase special equipment and solutions, and that you possess a tremendous amount of patience and time. Wallpaper is by it’s very nature difficult to pull away, because it was not designed to do so. So if you’re wondering whether or not you should hire a professional, the question is easily answered when you consider what type of results you’re looking for verse how much work you want to put into it, and how big a mess you want to clean up. Below are some practical reasons for a hiring a professional company to remove your wallpaper.
What Lies Beneath
The very first issue you’ll usually encounter when removing old wallpaper is what is behind the paper itself. If you didn’t have the wallpaper installed yourself, then you’re possibly looking at layers of old wallpaper, paint, and old drywall or plaster that has formed such a strong bond, that you won’t be able to remove it without damaging the wall. Once drywall or plaster begins to break up, then you’re looking at additional costs either repairing the wall or totally replacing it. An experienced painter can deal with any situation that arises while keeping your wall in tact.
Wallpaper Is Designed to Stick
Wallpaper comes with an adhesive that is created to stick to the wall indefinitely. The reason for this is that it takes a special kind of glue to be able to withstand humidity and moisture. So no matter what room you put the wallpaper in, it will stay installed for many years to come. Manufacturers specifically design wallpaper to stay up on the wall even if it is painted over or covered by new paper. With a professional company, you get the benefit of having the right equipment and chemicals that will easily break up the adhesive and fall right off the wall with no problems whatsoever.
Eliminate Wall Damage
If you have no experience removing wallpaper, there’s a good chance that you’ll damage the walls in the process. As the adhesive gets older it forms an almost impenetrable bond with wall making it impossible to remove without taking the outer surface of the wall with it. This problem is solved when you hire a pro. With the right equipment and solutions. the wallpaper can be removed while keeping the wall in tact. Many wallpaper removal services (or painters) will also sand your wall down and smooth out the finish in order to prepare it for painting. You get a complete job in less than half the time, with minimal costs.
A natural bi-product of wallpaper removal is the huge mess it makes during the process. Since you know it will make a mess, you may purchase several drop clothes, lay them all out, and then clean up the mess yourself. Why both with the hassle, when you can hire a company to do it for you? A professional crew can come in, lay down protective clothes all around the room (including your furniture and decor), and then use a step by step process of removal with a smaller mess that they will clean up once the project is completed. You get all the benefits of a top-notch job without spending countless hours and dollars doing it yourself.