Easy Way to Remove Wallpaper Glue


Wallpaper is attached to a wall using wallpaper glue. The glue must adhere to both the wall and wallpaper securely to keep the wallpaper from detaching from the wall. This will make it difficult to remove the glue even after the wallpaper is removed. You do not have to vigorously scrub or sand the wallpaper glue off of the wall. Applying a mixture of fabric softener and water will help you remove wallpaper glue in as little as an afternoon.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup fabric softener
  • Spray bottle
  • Putty knife
  • Sponge
  • Plastic bag
  • Pour 1/2 cup fabric softener and 1/2 cup warm water into a spray bottle. Screw the top on and gently shake it to mix the ingredients together.

  • Spray the mixture onto the wallpaper glue and let it sit on the wall until the glue has softened.

  • Gently scrape the softened glue off the wall with a putty knife. Have a plastic bag nearby so you can put the glue remnants in it.

  • Apply some of the mixture to a sponge and wipe the area to remove any remaining residue.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place a tarp on the floor where you are working if the flooring is susceptible to water damage.

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