Asked on Apr 17, 2019

How do I remove wallpaper?

Nancy ShataraRobyn GarnerNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


I have the ugliest wallpaper in our small bathroom and I want to remove it. I've heard of a way to mix fabric softener with water spray on wallpaper and peel it off. Does anyone have a video of the act of actually doing this? Also what is the ratio of softener to water? Thank you so much for the help.

6 answers
  • I've never tried it, Melody, but here's a video:

  • Tinyshoes
    on Apr 17, 2019

    Melody...DIF or Zinsser are good products. Purchase a paper tiger, spray gel or liquid to use after making holes with paper tiger, then scrape off. Good luck.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Apr 17, 2019

    Peel as much as possible from the walls.

    If you can't get to the backing, you may need to score the paper with a tool. Paper Tiger is easy to find. Light pressure because you don't want to damage the wall behind the paper.

    Mix 50/50 fabric softener & warm water in a spray bottle or garden sprayer. I've read that vinegar is as effective but I have never used it.

    Allow the mixture to sit for 5 - 10 minutes so that it saturates the adhesive on the paper backing.

    Scrape with a plastic scraper.

    Once it is all removed, wash the walls with warm soapy water (blue Dawn is my go-to) and a microfiber cloth.

    This method has worked best for me. I tried a steamer but it was hot and not nearly as effective. Most of the wallpaper I removed was glued on as well as being pre-pasted so it was stuck very good.

  • Steaming is my preferred method.

    You Tube is chock full of tutorials. Do you know how to search on You Tube?

  • Robyn Garner
    on Apr 21, 2019

    My go-to is DIF concentrate. Peel what comes off easily and score the rest with a wallpaper scoring tool. Score it LOTS!!!

    Mix the DIF in a pump garden sprayer with HOT water. Mix only what you'll use now as the hot water makes a big difference. Spray and leave on per instructions. Test if the glue is dissolved by attempting to scrape one area. If it does not come off easily leave a bit longer (you may need a bit more spray).

    Be sure the floors are covered as this makes a mess. Have a lined garbage can in the room to dispose of the paper. Wash the walls down again with the DIF and then cold water until clean.

  • Nancy Shatara
    on Apr 22, 2019

    couple of questions your wall smooth? How long has the wallpaper been there? I have used both fabric softener, vinegar and wall steamer on 2 different types of walls, both rough and smooth and sized, pre-pasted and pasted. To get it done without a hassle, rent a steamer and boom it is done. Yes you will have to put cloths along the floor to catch the drips also do it on a cool day and have windows open a little to keep yourself cool. Good luck.

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