What is the easiest way to remove wall paper?

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  • Joanna Joanna on May 18, 2017
    Use fabric softener! Just dampen a sponge with some water and "wet" the sponge with fabric softener --rub in between the wall paper seams and it should start to come off --no fumes too!
    • B. Enne B. Enne on May 18, 2017
      I agree with Joanna. If it is a tough, fabric or vinyl-type paper, I strip off what I can in large pieces, and spray the wall with half water/half cheap fabric softener, and let it sit a few minutes. I then use a plastic putty knife to remove the paper.
  • Canadianlady Canadianlady on May 18, 2017
    You can buy scoring tools, which perforate the wall paper, making it easier for water to seep in, preparing the paper for removal. Some add treatments in the water, like soap, or as one reader advised, fabric softener to soften the paper enough to work with. Once the paper is waterlogged, you can begin stripping it, using a paint stripping tool, or, you can rent a wall paper remover that the pro's use. The pro tool is probably the fastest way to remove wall paper, because it gives off its own steam. Make sure any new wall paper that you hang is "dry strippable." This will save you a lot of headache when you decide to remove it in the future.
  • Airmid Airmid on May 18, 2017
    I use a spray bottle with a little ammonia added to it. spray down the wall, I don't saturate it. Then I use a putty knife after the water has had time to soak in to gently remove paper. You might have to repeat . I do like the two prior posts.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 18, 2017
    Make a mixture of water mixed with fabric softener
  • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on May 18, 2017
    I sprayed the wall down with vinegar mixed with a little water, wiped it into the wall with a cloth and let it soak in for a few minutes and it peeled off pretty good. I didn't try fabric softener, but I like that idea too.
  • Kathy Kathy on May 18, 2017
    Thanks everyone for the help
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 18, 2017
  • Cynthia Cynthia on May 18, 2017
    having just gone through this I can tell you, jokingly, that the easiest way
    is to take down the wall!! Haaaha
    others answers work! But in any case it is really a pain. Wallcivering can be painted, and that is a viable solution as long as you make sure all seams are securely attached.
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