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10 Steps to Remove a Wallpaper

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While the ways to remove a wallpaper are quite simple, the actual work can be time consuming and challenging. Nonetheless you will get the result that you are looking for. To remove the wallpaper without damaging the wall, you will have to take into account how it was installed initially. In case the walls were not prepared correctly with a primer, removing it may cause some damage.

To remove the wallpaper from the wall, you will need:

  • Spatula or a putty knife

  • Paint roller

  • Drop cloth

  • A ladder

  • A sponge

  • A scoring or perforation tool

  • White vinegar

  • A bucket

  • Wallpaper solution remover

Steps to Move the Wallpaper

  1. Move the furniture away from the walls.

  2. Cover the floor with a drop cloth.

  3. Remove the switch plate covers from the outlets and shut off the circuit breakers.

  4. Lifting the paper from one side of the wall, test a small area of the wall to begin with.

  5. To remove wallpaper with a solution that will soften the paste, use a wallpaper removal concentrate and mix according to the instructions on the bottle in a bucket of hot water.

  6. Starting from the bottom and moving to the top, apply the vinegar with the help of a spray bottle or paint roller. Wait for some moments prior to stripping the wallpaper by hand.

  7. In case it does not get off without difficulty, you may have to apply the wallpaper removal solution once again.

  8. Once the wallpaper is off, you need to use a sponge in a solution of one cup of white vinegar mixed in one gallon of water to get rid of the rest of the adhesive. Wash with water in order to have a clean surface and let it dry.

  9. In case you have used a scoring tool, make sure you repair any holes it may have left in the drywall with spackling composite and let them dry overnight. Sand the repair.

  10. If you have to use new wallpaper, you can apply a primer specially designed for wallpaper application. It will be useful in future when the new wallpaper has to come down! If you choose to paint, you will have to coat the wall in the same way but you need to use a painting primer in order to reassure an even application.



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