How to Remove Decals from a Wall without Causing Damage to the Wall

Regardless of what you may have heard from various sources, it is actually possible to remove decals from the internal walls of your house without having to damage the wall or the paint work. A good number of home owners today are tirelessly looking for ways, through which they can get rid of stickers and decals from their home interior walls.

Currently, there are various types of wall stickers that may be used to add a decorative accent to the interior of a house. The majority of such stickers today feature a vinyl coating. This, in turn makes it hard for homeowners to just wash them away from their walls whenever they want to. Some of the adhesives being used on either adhesive border or vinyl wall graphics are sensitive to pressure. As such, the adhesive may harden if exposed to water.  This implies that removing wall decals requires some skill and an appropriate removal method.

Some of the methods , such as using whizzy wheel or a plastic razor blade are excellent for removing decals and stickers and cars, but not suitable for internal walls that are painted. This can turn out to be very expensive as the home owner will need to have the walls repainted.

The good news is that there are methods that may be used to safely remove stickers and decals from walls and leave the surface beneath them looking the way it did before the decals were attached.

Coming Up With the Right Removal Method

The most appropriate method of removing stickers and decals from a wall surface will be mainly influenced by the type of adhesive that was used to attach the sticker or decal to the wall. To find out the type of adhesive used on the decal or sticker you are trying to remove, one should gently place his or her hand over the decal and rub the surface gently. If the adhesive feels hard, then a strong adhesive, was used to attach it. If the adhesive feels rather soft and sticky, a softer adhesive, , was used. If not removed in the right way, decals and stickers will lift the paint surface on the wall leaving it looking ugly.

The Ideal Wall Decals Removal Method

In many cases, the soft adhesives used on wall stickers and decals may be removed using baby oil. In this regard, the following procedure should be followed:

  • Start by gently pulling the sticker from its corners to see how stuck it may be on the wall surface. In most cases, the sticker will come off without much resistance. If it is comparatively had to pull, you should apply some heat, enough to soften the adhesive and not too much to damage the paintwork.
  • A sponge should then be soaked in baby oil for a period of 20 minutes.
  • The oils should then be applied gently using the sponge in a rubbing motion. The oil will remove the adhesive and roll it into a ball.
  • This method particularly works for tape adhesives and some stickers. If some adhesive has removed on the wall after this, it should be wiped using paper towels or a sponge or paper towels.

The Dos and Don’ts

Since the main focus here is to leave the paint on the wall intact, there are various things that should be observed, some of which are mentioned below:

  • Avoid sanding the walls. Some people may be tempted to sand the decals away, especially if the decals are strongly attached to the wall. Regardless of how gently you are, sanding will temper will temper with the paint work and interfere with the appearance of the wall surface.
  • Alcohol is effective in removing adhesives from vinyl wall papers. However, this method should not be used on latex paints because it will dull the wall after it has dried.
  • To be on the safe side, it is advisable to first test the preferred cleaner on a hidden wall area and observe its effects on the paint before using it to remove the decal adhesive.

While removing stickers and decals from wall surface, especially the interior wall surfaces, precaution must be observed to avoid damaging the surface. Regardless of the many methods you might have heard, you should only adopt the most appropriate one.