How to Remove Wallpaper

7 Oct

How to Remove Wallpaper

If you find your current wallpaper to be boring, plain, or out of style, it may be time to remove it. Though removing wallpaper can often be a meticulous and messy job (especially if it is textured paper or has been painted over) and is considered one of the least enjoyable processes in the decorating field, sometimes it simply must be done.

Below are a few tips to help you tackle the process.  Before you get going, be sure you have a bucket, scraping tools, wallpaper stripping solvent, a paint roller or sponges, cloth, fabric softener, and vinegar.

  1. Clean the area. Move furniture into the center of the room, away from the walls.  If it is possible to remove it from the room entirely, even better.  You want a clear space to work, where you won’t be obstructed.
  2. Lay cloth on the floor. Also put cloth on anything you would like to protect. Use small nails, staples, or strong tape to keep your cloth in place.
  3. Score the paper. This will allow the water to penetrate better and will speed up the whole process. A paper tiger is highly recommended for this step.  It is a tool that allows you to push over the surface and cut the paper with its cutting blades as you move it.
  4. Soak a large section of the wall. Use hot water mixed with detergent. Wash over the surface with a sponge and allow it to soak into the paper well. Soak the wallpaper repeatedly and slowly strip it off. Do not forget to cover electrical outlets and lights and shut off the circuit breaker when doing this process.
  5. Use vinegar or stripping solution. Follow the instructions for how to mix the stripping solution with hot water. You can also mix equal parts of vinegar and warm water. Apply it to the wallpaper in small sections, starting from the bottom, and work your way up to the ceiling by using a paint roller or spray bottle.
  6. Start stripping the wallpaper by hand. The adhesive will likely remain on the walls,  but you can go back and scrape it off using a spatula or putty knife.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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