How can I remove a wallpaper?

Marios Ioannou
by Marios Ioannou
  15 answers
  • Shoshana Shoshana on Sep 06, 2017

    You can use a wallpaper steamer to do this job. It's loosen the glue and make removal easy. They can be found at your local hardware store.

  • Amanda Amanda on Sep 06, 2017

    I have uses a wall paper remover. You will also need a tool that socres the wall paper first. This lets the remover get to the glue. Then scrap it off.

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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Sep 06, 2017

    My best efforts have been with a steamer. I purchased one, but, you can also rent them.

  • Diana Brewer Diana Brewer on Sep 06, 2017

    When I stripped the walls where I used to live,I first pulled the paper off wherever it was loose or coming unglued.You don't have to get it all off.Then I mixed 1/4 cup of blue Dawn in a bucket and used an old hand towel to wet the walls in an area I could work with pretty fast.Then I just peeled it off very easily with my hands.Don't use a scraper because you will leave ugly gouges and scratches on the drywall.

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    • Roz Bard Roz Bard on Sep 10, 2017

      I started with hot water and fabric softener (maybe 5 parts water/1 part softener) You can add more softener if you want. Tear a corner of paper away and spray the part that is loose, with the water/softener. Let set for a while and it will soak down thru the back side of the paper. Peels off like you are peeling a sunburn! No soapy residue .

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Sep 06, 2017

    I did the steam way when I replaced the contact paper someone put on the stairway wall to the basement from the entry way to the house. I used my hand held clothes steamer and it worked great once I got rid of most of the vinyl so the steam could do its work. Made the job real easy. New wallpaper looked much better than contact paper, not gaudy anymore. One of many oops in the VA foreclosed house we bought back in the eighties.

  • Marios Ioannou Marios Ioannou on Sep 06, 2017

    Many thanks for your advices! I will try to fix the wall and I will let you know if I succeed or not.

  • Tcooper9 Tcooper9 on Sep 07, 2017

    Fabric softener and water! 1:7 softner to water. Use one of the wall paper scoring tools first but don't press TOO hard that you leave divots in the drywall. Then really soak the paper and go back over a time or two so it is wet all the way thru. Then should peel off...smells nice too.

  • Georgia Georgia on Sep 08, 2017

    Try scoring the wallpaper with one of those circular wallpaper scoring frogs. Put some Simple Green solution in a bucket of HOT water. Use a sponge or rag to apply to wall. Wait a bit and scrape the wallpaper off. You may have to apply the solution again so it soaks through.

  • Linda Smith Linda Smith on Sep 08, 2017

    I have tried several different ways before, and for me personally, the best 2 ways to remove old dingy wallpaper that had been in my bathroom for at least 15 years, before I bought the house. The 1st one that did work was to fill a empty spray bottle 1-1.5 cups of apple cider vinegar, and add hot water till bottle is full and shake well to mix the mixture. Spray onto the wall covered in wallpaper, fully saturating. I recommend doing small sections at a time. Let it sit to soak in for about 5 minutes. Then gently pull up on a corner, slowly pull in the direction that it runs, as well as using a 2 inch plastic scraper. Gently sliding along as you pull on the paper. When you run into a stubborn spot that won't budge and starts to tear, stop! Respray your vinegar mixture on the area and let soak again, then proceed to tear off. If still won't come off, just continue on, and come back to this spot later. To do the problem areas that wouldn't come off the 1st time around, I found using an old cloth, soaked in a bucket of hot water, apple cider vinegar, and some Dawn dish detergent, mixed together helps. When the towel is completely saturated in this mixture, gently, squeezing off excess water, yet leaving ur towel as water logged as possible. Hold the towel directly onto the wall covering the stubborn wallpaper that wouldn't come off. For@as long as you can. When u remove the wet towel, the area of wall paper should look like it's somewhat see-through. Due to the solution soaking through the paper. Don't let it dry! Immediately, work on peeling that area off, Using ur scraper, fingernails,(if able to pick up any ends), or try rubbing the area with an old, soft bristled toothbrush. It works I promise!! And the 2nd method, (actually works the best), but, not real sure if this item is still on the market, I hadn't seen it in years! And I moved, so don't know where to find a distributor in my location. And that's gonna be a product sold exclusively from Shaklee. It's found in their cleaning products section. It's alittle expensive, but it's also super concentrated! It's called, Basic-H, or Basic-G, I get the two products confused, sorry! But you can read the uses from the 2 different products and figure it out, 1 is used for removing and cleaning grease, oil, stains, etc. And the other one is for Windows, sinks, floors, counters, etc, that's the 1 you need. I believe you mix a couple capfuls to a gallon of warm water, depending on the job. But, in the case of removing old wallpaper, definitely mix stronger! Still dilute, of course, just use more of product than called for. Put into a spray bottle and apply to wallpaper just as the above mentioned method. Made it so much easier! And of course, when u get done with all the removal of the paper, your gonna end up with a small mess on ur floor from all the applications running down the wall. But, the good news is that, everything u just sprayed on the walls, will easily mop right up, as well as leaving your floor with an effective, glossy, clean shine!!

  • Shari Cobb Brooks Shari Cobb Brooks on Sep 08, 2017

    Windex, much cheaper.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Sep 09, 2017

    I use the cheapest fabric softener I can find and water. I put about 1 part FS to 4 parts very warm water in a spray bottle. If the wallpaper is thick, I score it with a Paper tiger or any similar scoring tool.

    I let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then use a plastic putty knife to scrape. If there is backing paper, I just repeat. I prefer it over steaming, it smells good and removes the extra glue as well.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Sep 09, 2017

    Use a paint roller and dip it into to a paint tray that has hot water. Let the excess hot water roll off when you pull the roller back. Run the roller from the top down, it will soak the paper just enough to scrap it off with a large putty knife. This is easy to do. Good Luck!

  • Diana Brewer Diana Brewer on Sep 10, 2017

    Yep! It gets in there and makes the glue stop sticking.Glad you found a good solution to an aggravating job! That's how it was for me,just peeled right off.  Thank you for sharing.