How do you quickly remove wallpaper without ruining the wall?


I have 80's wallpaper. It's the forest green and reds, mallards, stripes and forest trees. I don't want to ruin the walls or spend all my time tearing it down. Any help on quick ways to remove wallpaper? There is also chair railings framing the borders in the middle.

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  • BOB.D. BOB.D. on Sep 25, 2018

    wallpaper remover at local paint store . and scraper

  • Lynn Lynn on Sep 25, 2018

    Did you apply the paper to begin with? I ask because you;ll know if it was applied properly! If it wasn't, then you could be in for some 'fun'! Depending on the age of the house, there might be several layers under the ducks! Perhaps take off a piece of trim first to see what you can see from under it. Often you can see many layers if they're there. That can give you an idea of how tough/easy the job will be! If it's an old home, just know the paper was often just glued right onto the sheet rock, and you can pull off way more than you bargained for!

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    • Lynn Lynn on Sep 26, 2018

      Definitely try to pop off a piece of trim board if you can to see what you can see there. I hate wallpaper for the very reason you posted! Any attempt for us at removing old paper (used steam, the thing that pokes holes in the paper to let the water/steam get underneath, countless products) and inevitably, we ended up pulling up some of the paper off the drywall!! Maybe you'll be lucky and it was done properly though! See if you can find and out of the way corner where you can maybe give a pull!!

  • Within the Grove Within the Grove on Sep 25, 2018

    I used a spray bottle filled with warm/hot water. I would spray the wallpaper and let it sit for a few minutes. And using a scraper that's really for a cast iron skillet, I would peel ans scarp the wallpaper off. Make sure to re-wet if needed to get the sticky residue off.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Sep 26, 2018

    Steam or hot water in a spray bottle