We get so many questions on how to remove wallpaper. What’s the best way? What’s the easiest way?
- Score the walls, this step will ensure the removal technique, penetrates the paper, and loosens the glue. (It is worth the small investment to buy a scoring tool!)
- There are a couple of methods and mixtures that I found to work well for taking down the paper. The mixtures, either equal parts of white vinegar and hot water or a quarter cup liquid fabric softener to each gallon of hot water. The trick is to make the water really hot! Applicators? For the white vinegar, I’ve found a spray bottle works the best. Saturate the wall and let it sit until you see the paper bubbling up and then peel the paper off using a wide putty knife to get under the paper. If you find it’s sticking, just spray and scrape, spray and scrape as you go.
- If you choose the fabric softener route, put the mixture in a big five-gallon bucket and put a paint grid over the side. Use a paint roller to spread the mixture over the walls, and then simply scrape the wallpaper off.
- When the paper is removed reapply the solutions to remove any paste residue. A window squeegee can make quick work of this job.
If wallpapers are not your thing then interior paint can be a great choice. Here’s our guide on the best interior paints that you should surely check out!