How do I remove wallpaper without destroying the walls?


How do I remove wallpaper from my bathroom wall without pulling the drywall off with it?

  5 answers
  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Sep 24, 2019

    Hi Becky, here are some tips on removing wallpaper and not damaging your walls. How to Remove Wallpaper | HGTV

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    How do you remove the wallpaper without damaging the wall – or yourself? Use these tips to help you decide which option will work best.

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Sep 24, 2019

    Becky....You need to buy the proper tools at a local hardware store...paper tiger to roll holes in the paper, a liquid wallpaper stripper to penetrate through the holes..a scraper and something to put paper in as you remove it from the walls. You can find many good videos on Google with recommended products. Good luck!

  • Cindy Cindy on Sep 24, 2019

    Use a heat gun to soften the adhesive

    • Becky Becky on Sep 24, 2019

      Thanks. I heard if you spray laundry softener on it, will help but not sure about using it.

  • Rymea Rymea on Sep 24, 2019

    A rented steamer works.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 24, 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.