When it comes to removing vinyl wallpaper, put away your steamer and follow these simple steps for easy pull-and-peel removal. This is a messy, time-consuming endeavor, but the end result of having that outdated vinyl wallpaper out of your life for good makes it well worth the effort.
Things You'll Need
- Flexible scraper
- Putty knife
- Spray bottle
- Paint roller
Decide which way the wallpaper was hung and attempt to use your scraper or putty knife to get underneath it. A flexible scraper with an even edge works best to minimize holes and gashes in the wall.
Start at an edge and slowly tear the paper upward, removing as many layers as possible in the process.
Spritz a small area of paper with water from your spray bottle. If nothing is budging or you don't mind a little mess, consider applying more water using a paint roller and then following with your putty knife or scraper. This is not the neatest approach, but itshould remove any stubborn wallpaper, paper layers or residue fairly quickly.
Add more water over a larger area as you work. This gives the moisture time to soak in and loosen the glue while you're still working on the current spot.
Remove the last bits of paper from the wall and allow it to dry overnight before applying your new paint or covering.
Tips & Warnings
- Be patient and work at your own pace when removing large sections of ancient wallpaper. It's a time-consuming process. Rushing it won't help.
- Position your body so the paper you're peeling is always near eye level. This helps prevent back strain and over-reaching.
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