For the past three weeks, my wife and I decided how we were going to update our bedroom from the 1970’s look from the previous owner. The room and closets were cover in what I guess was a popular design wallpaper. I will admit they did a great job installing the wallpaper and made sure the pattern matched throughout the entire room. I didn’t realize what I was in store for when I started.
I had a preconceived idea what I should have expected. I rented a steamer from Home Depot last year to remove wallpaper from the dining room and my son’s room. The steamer worked well and I still had all my tools from before.
Saturday morning I stopped in at Home Depot to rent the steamer. They had the one I used before but the customer service rep gave me a different unit. I asked why this one over the other that I used before. He stated everyone liked this red one better. It generated steam faster and it was lighter. But I noticed one thing right away, this red model does not have a base you can stand on. Reluctantly I took the one he offered and headed home.
After getting the room cleared out, I over filled filled the steamer with water and press the power button. I guess the time it took was faster. So I started on scoring the walls to allow the steam to help dissolve the glue. All of a sudden I heard my wife to get a bucket, the steamer started to leak water from the nozzle. This is due to me over filling the tank.
After cleaning up the water spill I was able to get started. Within 15 minutes I realized this streamer was a piece of junk. It generated steam, got real hot and burned my hand a few times when water or steam leaked, but it was hardly making a dent with the wallpaper. I had to keep the hand unit on the wall longer than I wanted. Even with this the glue was difficult to dissolve and pull the paper away.
I worked for 10 hours and finished the room and still had 2 closets to work on. The steamer was scheduled to be returned Easter Sunday by 9:00AM (that wasn’t going to happen). The next day the kids got us by around 6:30AM to have an egg hunt and dive into their Easter Baskets. We managed to get everyone to Church and got a good seat with 5 minutes to spare.
By the time Church ended, it was already 9:15AM. So I kept the steamer to finish the closets. How bad could it be? They are much smaller than the room, I should be able to knock this out within 2 hours and clean up well before dinner.
Well I was in for another surprise. The previous owner doubled up on the wallpaper in both closets to have the pattern just right. Huh?!?!?! I took four hours to finish. I was not too happy and was hoping the Customer Service Rep was working on Sunday.
Cleanup went well and I was out the door within 30 minutes. I got my wish, there was the Rep who told me how great this red piece of junk was. We spoke and he asked how was it? I told him all the problems I had. I explained this unit generates steam, but I just sits in the hand unit, it doesn’t direct the steam onto the wallpaper. He checked it out and said it was missing the metal bar which sits in the rectangle unit and connects to the nozzle. Without even asking, he offered me a refund for the second day.
Mean while my wife started to paint the walls with a tinted primer. Hopefully the painting will go a lot easier for her. We are going to order blinds tonight and remove the carpet this week. We have hardwood floors throughout the house. I know they need to be refinished, but I hope they are in decent shape. We are also looking for a new light fixture, maybe something in a brush nickel.
Oh, Happy Easter.
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