How do we get rid of wallpaper in our home?

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We bought an older home that has lots of wallpaper we'd like to remove. It is glued really well. Specifically needed help with one room that we'd like to save the wallpaper but get rid of the border stuck on it.

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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jan 22, 2019

    Hi Mcraft,

    If the border is stuck really tight, it might be very hard to remove without pulling up some of the wallpaper underneath. :( I did find an article that includes your scenario so see if this will help. Wishing you the best.

    http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-remove-wallpaper-border/

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jan 22, 2019

    Unless it's vinyl, that's almost impossible. I'd try a steamer in that situation and work from bottom of border to pull up. May have to reglue wallpaper at top.

    For rest of paper, peel off any top layer if there is one, soak the paper with Dif wallpaper remover with hot water. Spray it on with a spray bottle or bug sprayer. Let it soak in for about 15 min or so. Keep it wet and scrape off with wide putty knife. Keep a layer of rolled up towels at baseboard to catch water. Do small sections at a time. Patience is your best friend with this project.

  • Karolyn Slader Karolyn Slader on Jan 22, 2019

    Buy or rent wallpaper remover machine

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jan 22, 2019

    You could use blow dryer or hot water in spray bottle and scratch the paper so under neath gets water

  • Eileen Eileen on Jan 24, 2019

    We used a powerful steamer and had a lot of luck with - when nothing else worked. https://www.justmeasuringup.com/diy-room-renovation/ Good luck!