What is the easy way to remove old wallpaper

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I have tried wallpaper remover and I have tried steam
I am ready to just paint over, but I'm afraid it will bubble

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  • Caitlin Caitlin on Sep 18, 2017
    Wallpaper removal sucks! You can pick up wallpaper remover solution and something to "scour" the wall. By doing this it will help the solution and/or steam to get below the paper and to the glue making it easier to come off. Working in sections will help as you will want to solution or steam to have a minute to work before trying to remove the paper. Good luck!
  • Dru27213858 Dru27213858 on Sep 18, 2017
    Please don't paint over wallpaper! Been there. You will hate how it looks! The ?easiest? way to remove wallpaper, I have found, is hot water and Blue Dawn. Protect your floor and spray or paint the mixture on the wall. Then walk away for 10 to 15 minutes and let the mixture do the work. The Dawn helps loosen the glue. Then start scraping. Wash the wall with Dawn and hot water when you are finished. I had to prime my walls with several coats of Kilz before I I repainted. If all else fails, can you use a textured paint for the final coat? I don't care what the trends are, I will NEVER have wallpaper in my house again. Good luck :}
  • Hb Hb on Sep 18, 2017
    If you use a water based paint you definitely run the risk of bubbling . I use a rag and a bucket of water with a litte fabric softener in the water. Use an old painters tarp on the floor and then soak your rag and really soak the wall paper ......then walk away for about 5 to 10 minutes. The problem comes when we expect the paper to absorb the water immediately . It takes time. Then re-soak the paper again ......and walk away for 5 or 10 minutes again . You can use a plaster trowel to slide under the paper to remove. Now that being said there are some papers that are plasticized . For those you need to strip the plasticized part off or score the surface so the water can penetrate to the underlying paper and then remove
  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Sep 18, 2017
    Did you score it before using steam? I have had good luck with scoring it, there is a wall paper tool called a shark, that just scores the surface. Then I sprayed a mix of fabric softener and water. Where is was really difficult to remove I really saturated it, let the fabric softner mix set in and then sprayed again
  • Cin21825342 Cin21825342 on Sep 18, 2017
    Downy fabric softener and warm water in a spray bottle. Score the paper first and spray well. it will peel right off!
  • It is all in the scoring tool. The more holes the better! Have you tried the fabric softener trick yet? Here are a couple links to help you out. Good luck!


  • John Fetter John Fetter on Sep 18, 2017
    Removing wallpaper can be a tedious and messy proposition but the results are usually worth it. If it's a strippable variety it can be pretty easy by finding or creating a loose top corner and slowly pulling the old section with two hands at a 45 degree angle. For old non-strippable paper type use a serated wheel or "paper tiger" on the wallpaper first to create a pattern of small punctures. Then use a spray bottle full of hot water with about a half cup of fabric softener added and spray it on the wall. Let it soak in for at least an hour or so. Then start scraping. Once you have the main top layer removed you may find areas of brown paper still clinging to the wall. Spray it again and wait. No mater how careful I am i find myself gouging or scraping the plaster in places but thats an easy fix with some premixed drywall joint compound and drywall blade which is more flexible than the blade you probably scraped the wallpaper off with. BTW- make sure to use a plastic drop cloth on the floors during wallpaper removal!
  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Sep 18, 2017
    Start with a paint tray, fill it with hot water. You need a roller with a long handle. Put the roller in the water, drag it out of pan, and roll it on the wall paper. Start at the bottom, and work upwards. Get a large scale and your all set. Good Luck!
  • Diana Harris-lambert Diana Harris-lambert on Sep 18, 2017
    Thanks everyone I never heard of the fabric softener trick. I appreciate your help
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