After procrastinating and taking down wallpaper for what seems like the past 7 months straight, we decided to tackle this room. Part of David’s attempt to unfreeze the pipes earlier this winter was using a heat gun to literally heat the copper pipes. While he was researching that online, he found out you can use a heat gun to remove wallpaper, too!
We decided to give it a go, and it worked!
My tips for removing wallpaper with a heat gun:
- Don’t use anything other than the heat gun and a paint scraper/ wallpaper scraper. (Scoring won’t help, it will just make it worse.)
- Hold the heat gun about 6″ away from the wallpaper and keep it constantly moving. Don’t let it sit too long over a piece of wallpaper or it might start to burn. (Learned this the hard way… but thankfully it just smoldered and didn’t catch on fire!)
- After about 15 seconds of heat, start slooooowly pulling the wallpaper away while continuing to heat up the area you’re about to pull.
- Take your time. If you rush and the wallpaper isn’t heated (and the glue isn’t melted), you’ll just rip it and then it’s like peeling a sticker… frustrating and manicure-ruining.
- This goes for every kind of wallpaper removal, but have a trash bag handy so you can put the wallpaper straight into the trash rather than letting it fall on the floor or attempting to make a pile. It makes clean-up SO much more bearable!
- Ventilate the room… don’t know what’s melting in that wallpaper glue but I certainly don’t want to be breathing it in!
- Try to take pleasure in the process! It’s much easier to clean up that wet patches of scored wallpaper you’d otherwise be removing.