Tips for Removing Old Wallpaper

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Whether you want to add new wallpaper or want to simply throw a coat of paint on the walls, you will need to first remove the old wallpaper. To complete this task with as much ease as possible, you will want to review the following tips.

Soak It in Sections

It is important to make sure that you are soaking the wallpaper before attempting to remove it. This will ensure that it comes off as easily as possible. However, since the wallpaper may dry fairly fast, especially if it is warm in your home, you will want to work in sections. If you do not do this, you will find that by the time you make your way down the wall, areas that you had soaked with water will be dry and will need to be soaked all over again. Spray a quarter of the wall with warm water. Make sure that you are completely soaking the paper and then allowing it to sit for a few minutes before you attempt to scrape the paper off.

Use Fabric Softener for the Hard Jobs

After the wallpaper has been sitting wet for a few minutes, try to scrape some of the paper off. If it is still giving you some problems, create a mixture of two parts warm water and one part fabric softener. Spray this all over the section that you will be working on and allow it to sit for a few minutes before attempting to scrape the wallpaper off.

Keep Your Scraper Blade at an Angle

When you are scrapping the wallpaper off of the wall, you will need to keep your scraper at an angle so you are not gouging the drywall or plaster, thus creating holes and nicks in the walls that you would then have to repair. Lay the tip of the wide blade against the wall and lift slightly on the handle so you have enough leverage to get up under the wallpaper. By doing this, you will be able to easily take off larger pieces of wallpaper in a single swipe of the blade.

Clean Off the Wall with a Soft-Bristle Brush

After you have removed the majority of the wallpaper, you may find that there are little tiny specks of wallpaper still attached to the wall. Slightly dampen a soft-bristle brush and rub it against the wall in a circular motion in order to get rid of those remaining pieces. Once that is done, you can wipe down the wall with a soft rag in order to remove dust, remove leftover pieces of paper that did not fall all of the way to the floor, and soak up any moisture left on the wall.

With those tips in mind, you should have a much easier time removing the old wallpaper. If you would like help, visit sites such as to find a professional near you. 


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