Easiest way to remove 30 year old wallpaper?

by Lnd12304592
  12 answers
  • 17335038 17335038 on Mar 07, 2018

    Depending on whether additional glue has been used to adhere the wallpaper to the wall, be prepared for some damage to the drywall underneath to occur during the the removal process.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 07, 2018


  • Ellis Ellis on Mar 07, 2018

    You can use liquid fabric softener in warm water, sponge it on, then scrape off paper.

  • Marge Marge on Mar 07, 2018

    I had the same problem. After days and says of using stripper and fabric softener i almost have up. Then a friend told me to get a wallpaper steamer. Best thing I did. Just pull off what you can then use the steamer. Follow the directions for your model. I bought one for under 50dollars. Only took 2 days to do the kitchen and large room connected to the kitcheb.

  • Bre32519430 Bre32519430 on Mar 07, 2018

    From experience, lightly sand, clean off any residue with a clean damp cloth, let dry thourghly, and PAINT!!

  • Joan Joan on Mar 08, 2018

    Before you make any investment, try this. You need a spray bottle filled with hot water. Spray about 3 panels of the wallpaper very liberally, walk away for 30 minutes, come back and spray again two more times (spray and walk away for 30 minutes x 2). FROM THE BOTTOM UP, start tearing the paper up very slowly, jerking as you go. If the paper tears, just scrape it up with your fingernail and continue jerking the paper up. Continue on in the room the same way doing 3 panels at time. To remove the glue left on the walls, you’ll need a bucket of warm water and an old broom. Wet the broom in the hot water and start washing the wall with the broom which will break up the remaining glue. Then wipe the walls down with a soft cloth dipped in warm water. The broom will be shot when you’re done so you’ll have to pitch it. This worked for me and I removed 3 rooms of wallpaper that were 25-30 years old. Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

  • Joan Joan on May 16, 2020

    No! By following the directions above, it comes off in sheets or strips which is what you're trying to achieve. If you score it, you'll get millions of tiny pieces that you'll be peeling off with your fingers :( Good luck and let me know if it works for you.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 10, 2023

    Hello, hope this helps you out.

    To remove older non-treated wallpaper, you can take a garden sprayer filled with water and wallpaper removal solution and apply it liberally to the wallpaper. Let the wallpaper soak for 15-20 minutes and then use a scraper or dull putty knife to start peeling away the paper.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 12, 2023

    Use a scoring tool to create holes in the wallpaper. Use a spray bottle to soak the paper. Spray water into the slits so it can work its way behind the covering. Wait about 10 minutes and then scrape off the paper with a putty knife.

  • Janice Janice on Jan 06, 2024

    Use a scoring tool which will produce small holes in the old wallpaper. Use a spray bottle with hot/warm water and fabric softener and spray about a 6'x6' area or a couple of vertical strips of the wallpaper. Let the water soak in for a few minutes and then find a corner to start the removal process. Hopefully it will come off in strips, but not likely. Keep doing this procedure on all the paper from the walls. Any patches of paper that you aren't able to remove, use the procedure again. Even a plastic scraper can be used to gently dislodge the last fragments. Be sure to rinse the old adhesive away before applying the new paper.