What's the fastest easiest way of removing wall paper backing

Home built in 1966- they wallpaped every wall. Removed only the top layer of wallpaper leaving backing on walls. Went over it all with wallboard- paneling.

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  • Staci Ford Staci Ford on Jun 17, 2018
    I've triee many products and found the best, and most cost effective, is really hot water, a sponge, and a scraper. It is time consuming.

  • Gk Gk on Jun 17, 2018
    Two gallons of hot water mixed with a cup or two of cheap fabric softener. Wet the paper backing well, let it sit about 5 minutes, and start scraping with a plastic or metal scraper and peeling with your fingers. A flexible putty knife works well or a narrow pancake spatula. Keep adding the solution with a spray bottle if it gets dry. Work on a 3 x 3 area at a time going from top to bottom. I just finished up helping a friend redo a 1968 house wallpapered from floor to ceiling--some rooms with several layers of wallpaper and wallpaper that had been painted over. We managed to get it all off except for one room that had to be skim coated. Once you get all the paper backing off you will have to keep washing the wall over and over again until you get all the glue off--more water softener water, vinegar water, TSP water, dish soap water--just a few things we used! Wash--AND scrape off the excess glue--you will be AMAZED at how much glue remains on the walls once you get the paper off--let it dry very well so you can see and feel where the glue remains. Change your washing water frequently and the cleaning rags/sponges you are using. You will have to prime over all of this before you repaint.

    • Vic22194890 Vic22194890 on Jun 17, 2018
      Thanks so much for your ideas. Never thought of the fabric softener. Will try it and pray it works.

  • DCB4711 DCB4711 on Jun 17, 2018
    Spray it with warm water; let it sit and gently start scraping. When you're finished with an area, wipe it with a towel to remove any remaining sticky
    stuff. Time consuming, but it works.