(Closed) Tips for wallpaper removal?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 17
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I use to work at Lowe’s in the Paint/Decor department..  Try using Downy, I heard it works great.

Post # 18
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Ugh we had popcorn ceiling and wallpaper and honestly the wallpaper was a bigger problem!  My most successful removal has been if there is a top layer that is more plastic just rip that part off leaving the glue and the paper backing.  I have tried scoring and it did nothing for me.  I bought specal removal stuff from lowes and then this little tool that is like a scraper but it has little wheels on it so it sits flush on the wall.  Get the backing paper and glue part damp with the solution with a sponge.  Wait about five minutes and then run your roller/ scraper over to take it down in strips.  This worked in one room after three other trial and error other rooms!  I wouldn’t even guarentee it would work anywhere else.  Thats the beauty of wallpaper. But i’ve found the little tool is better then a scraper because with a scraper I kept gouging the walls and making more work.

But if it’s too hard just hire a professional.  We had wallpaper in our two story foyer and our entire upstairs.  Hiring a professional for $350 to do something that would have been a headache/ hassle/ possible danger with climbing up ladders was worth every penny!!!

Good luck!

Post # 19
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Just to add things we have tried that did not work for us:

– Scoring the wallpaper first

– Vinegar

– Scoring the walls, wetting the walls, sealing in plastic then trying to remove

– Any kind of laundry soap/ soap and water combo did not make anything easier

– Just ripping it off (Be careful of boarders they seem to have a different kind of glue and just ended up taking up chunks of wall with it no matter what was done)

– Painting over (never looks completely right.  We did this in our kitchen when we couldn’t bring ourselves to attempt boarders again.  There is always a seam.  We ended up putting up a new boarder right over top to cover)


Post # 22
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’ve not tried it myself, but to echo what some others have said, try the Downy (or really any type of fabric softner, NOT laundry detergent). Friends of mine have raved about this! You do have to let it ‘soak’ for a bit though.

If nothing else, at least your bathroom will smell nice afterwards! Good luck!

Post # 23
1139 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Vinegar, vinegar, vinegar. Really! 1 part water 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle. Soak it, let it set 5 minutes, and it peels off in strips. If the paper underneath stays on just soak that too. Please don’t do the scoar thing ever. It damages everything. This works fast and is cheap!

Post # 24
4044 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I really recommend a wall paper steamer. I think mine was about $25 but you can also rent them. it just heats up water, really helps the paper come off.

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