How do I remove really old wallpaper glue from the wall?

Ms Lalo
by Ms Lalo

I’ve tried everything to remove this very old wallpaper adhesive. To no avail. Please help.



how do i remove really old wallpaper glue from the wall
  10 answers
  • Debbie Debbie on Jul 29, 2018
    I have used vinegar with water - mix it 50-50 in a spray bottle. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and the wall paper will come right off. I struggled with the same problems when I was trying to remove very old wallpaper in a 1920's bungalow. None of the commercial removers worked. Then someone told me about the vinegar and I could not believe how good it worked. Have fun!

  • Dokey Dokey on Jul 29, 2018

    Have you tried Fabric Softener & Warm to Hot water in a spray bottle? Mix like 1/2 & 1/2 of each in an empty spray bottle. I’ve taken off a lot of wallpaper and this is the best thing I’ve used to get the “backing “ of the wallpaper that is always left when I stripped them. And you don’t have to pay for stripping sprays they sell for $6-$7, it’s just as good if not better. Spray a section and let it sit a few minutes then use a scraper. Hope it works for you!!

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 29, 2018
    Having done wallpaper removal for people for over 50 years, I can tell you people use some weird stuff to paste their wallpaper up. I just sand it off, and then skim coat the walls with joint compound.

  • Deanna Maidwell Deanna Maidwell on Jul 29, 2018

    I used vinegar and water... I sprayed it on and then used a sharpened paint scraper... It took awhile, but it worked...

  • Ms Lalo Ms Lalo on Jul 30, 2018

    Thank you Deanna. I’m going to try this method. I have both vinegar and water.

  • Heje Heje on Aug 26, 2018

    I have used the fabric softener and water formula (half and half) and it always works for me.

  • Ms Lalo Ms Lalo on Aug 27, 2018

    Thank you. That sounds much more pleasant to smell Han vinegar but I’ll try them both.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jun 01, 2020

    Hi Lily, you can buy a really inexpensive tool at the home improvement stores called a wallpaper shark. Its a handheld disk that has rolling cutters in it. Scrape the wall paper with the shark and spray on cheap window cleaner. The stuff you buy for cars. Wait a few minutes. It should easily peel off once it is soaked into the paper.

  • I would ask the pros at a specialty paint shop. There are a lot of products out there that we may not be aware of to help with this issue. In the past, we have steamed the glue away but it takes hours and hours and it's a very labor intensive job.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 01, 2023

    Water and a stippper made for this.