Along time ago I bought a home that had existing wallpaper. And my sweet wife said it had to go! And that's when I found out that there are several ways to remove wallpaper. There is steam, and there are liquid wallpaper removers. Having the wallpaper remover that works right, makes your job so much easier. For my job, we used two things. First we scored the wallpaper with a Paper Tiger. It's a tool, that you hold in your hand and it has little teeth on it that perforates the wallpaper but does not damage the sheet rock underneath. This tiny perforation allows the remover to get behind the wallpaper and release the glue. The remover that professionals use is called M-1. It works better than any one I have seen. And after you remove the wallpaper, you usually have to remove the glue that sticks to the wall. You need to arm yourself with gloves, eye protection, and the crummiest clothes that you don't care about. Be careful not to gouge the sheet rock while removing the paper.
Now, let me tell you a little secret. You don't have to remove the paper to paint the walls! As long as the paper is stuck down and there are no little curly edges, you can texture and paint right over it. If you do have little curly edges, you can stick those back down with Sure Grip wallpaper glue. If the wallpaper edges are stiff, just take a wet sponge and soften the edges up and then glue then down. Now, use the primer that is my favorite. Grip and Seal made by Coronado is a latex and will dry in 20 minutes with hardly any smell. If smell is a real problem for you, Bio Zapp makes a additive that you can add to any paint. And you know how good Bio Zapp is! After two coats of Grip and Seal, you are ready to paint with any paint. And if it's my paint, Tough Walls by Coronado because it's scrubbable. When trying to find a Coronado dealer in your area, just go to the Yellow Pages or Google Coronado and put in your zip code.
Now to the email.....
Question: I have an rug that has lost the backing. And now it's slippery, and if I step on it the right way it becomes a magic carpet. I don't like that, but I do like my rug because it goes perfectly with my kitchen colors. So do I have to get a new rug before I fall and need a new hip?
Answer: Whoa! No new hips here. Just get a product called Fiber-Lock. You take a throw away brush and apply the Fiber-Lock to the back of the rug. Be sure you are in a well ventilated area because it's a little smelly. You don't have to cover the whole back of the rug, just paint a big X on the back. Let it dry for 24 hours and you wont be riding that magic carpet anymore. Completely washable.
Question: Johnnie, I am a faithful reader. The problem I have is with a rental home we have in Houston. I am constantly seeing mold growing on the AC vents. We only turned on the heat this winter for maybe 2 days. And now, I seem to be having a continuing allergy problem.
Answer: I know that during the summer is not the time you would like to turn on the heater, but drying out the duct work does help. Check the drip pan on your AC and see if there is any standing water? If you do drop some Actabbs in the pan and let them clear the drain. It doesn't hurt to just drop them into a dry pan, just to avoid any future problem. Now to clean up the mold on the outside of the vent. Line the floor with plastic and newspaper directly under the vent. Use Zep Mold and Mildew Stain Remover and spray down the vent. Spray it until it is dripping. Let it drip dry. It will clean off all the mildew on the vent. If there is some on the ceiling around the vent, spray that area also. Just don't scrub the area on the vent, or the ceiling. If you scrub the ceiling, the texture on the ceiling will crumble and fall off.
I love corn on the cob, do not like pulling off all the husk, and silks. If you will micro wave the corn, for 2 minutes per corn...the husk and silks just slide off.