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How to Remove Wallpaper

Follow this advice on the road to giving your walls a fresh, new look.


  • Step 1: Penetrate the paper Score the wallpaper with a wallpaper-scoring tool to make it easier for the warm water and vinegar to penetrate the glue. Only press hard enough to tear the paper to avoid damaging the wall behind it.
  • Step 2: Spray the wall Spray the wall with a solution of one cup vinegar per gallon of water. Wait 30 minutes.
  • TIP: Use wallpaper remover if the water and vinegar solution is not strong enough.
  • Step 3: Peel off the wallpaper Peel the wallpaper slowly away from the wall, starting at a corner or seam.
  • Step 4: Spray stubborn areas Spray stubborn areas again with the water and vinegar solution.
  • Step 5: Scrape the paper Scrape away wallpaper that is stuck with the putty knife.
  • TIP: Rent an electric steamer to further saturate the glue if the solution doesn't work.
  • Step 6: Wash Wash the wall with a sponge and all-purpose cleaner to remove any residue. Now you're ready to paint, or apply another layer of wallpaper.
  • FACT: Did you know? In 1753, Englishman Edward Deighton patented a method of manufacturing wallpaper that used etched or engraved metal plates.

You Will Need

  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Warm water
  • White vinegar
  • A spray bottle
  • A putty knife
  • A sponge
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Wallpaper remover solution (optional)
  • An electric steamer (optional)

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