DIY Projects

By Samantha Daly -

How to Remove Wallpaper

Tired of the same old ratty wallpaper that’s been in your living room for as long as you can remember? Getting rid of it is easier than you think ad we're here to help!

You will need:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Ladder
  • Spray bottle
  • Fabric softener or white vinegar
  • Putty knife (or similar scraping tool)
  • Dish detergent
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Towel

Instructions

1. Prep your area by putting drop cloths beneath all the wallpaper you will be removing. Take down all your wall coverings and put tape over any outlets and switches. Remember to cut power to the room.

2. Use a wallpaper scoring tool to evenly perforate the wallpaper.

3. In a spray bottle, mix a few tablespoons of fabric softener or white vinegar with hot water at a ratio of one to one. This should be done in small batches in order to keep the water as hot as possible!

4. Determine how much wallpaper you think you can strip in 15 minutes, then coat that section as thoroughly as you can with your spray bottle solution. Allow to sit for a few minutes.

5. Starting at the bottom corner, begin to peel up the wallpaper. Use a putty knife or similar scraping tool to continue up the wall until the paper is completely removed.

6. In a bucket, add a tablespoon of dishwashing detergent to hot water and then use a sponge to scrub off any remaining adhesive on the walls. Rinse the walls with clean water, then dry off with a towel.

If your wall suffered any damage during the removal, don't worry! Nicks and scratches can be easily patched up with spackling compound and sandpaper.

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