Easiest Method to Remove Wallpaper

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Removing the wallpaper from your walls is an good way to give any room in your house a refreshing makeover. However, getting rid of old wallpaper from your walls can be time consuming and tedious. Luckily, the easiest way to remove wallpaper is a home remedy that takes off both the wallpaper as well as any residue that it may leave behind.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • 5 tbsp. liquid fabric softener
  • Hot water
  • Metal scraper
  • Paper towel
  • Large pail
  • 6 tbsp. dish detergent
  • Clean lint-free rag
  • Pour 5 tbsp. of liquid fabric softener into a spray bottle.

  • Pour enough hot water into the spray bottle to fill the bottle.

  • Spray the mixture on the walls and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.

  • Pull the wallpaper from the walls starting near the bottom of the wall and working your way up.

  • Spray the mixture on any glue residue and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

  • Use a metal scraper to remove glue from the wall.

  • Clean the residue from the scraper with paper towel.

  • Fill a large pail with hot water and add 6 tbsp. of dish detergent.

  • Wet a clean lint-free rag with the water from the pail and wash the walls.

  • Allow the wall to air-dry completely.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have fabric softener, you can use vinegar as a substitute. Mix equal parts of vinegar and hot water in a spray bottle and use as directed.
  • It is important to allow enough time for the water solution to penetrate the wallpaper.

References

  • Photo Credit Abbruchhaus image by Angelika Bentin from Fotolia.com
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