How to Take Wallpaper Glue Off Walls

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Removing wallpaper is a dirty job. Once all the wallpaper has been stripped from the wall, the walls will still be covered with the old glue. Some areas will have heavier bits of glue than others. Removing the glue is time-consuming and takes lots of elbow grease. The process entails loosening the glue with a mixture of water and soap and then scrubbing the glue off. Set aside a day, put on your work clothes and you will be happy with the results.

Things You'll Need

  • Trisodium phosphate
  • Bucket
  • Sponges
  • Rags
  • Abrasive pads
  • Putty knife
  • Mix a solution of soap and warm water in a bucket. Trisodium phosphate (TSP) is an all-purpose cleaner that works well on wallpaper glue. It has a granular texture. It may be purchased at the local hardware store. Follow the directions on the back of the box and mix the appropriate amount in a bucket with warm water.

  • Wipe the wall a sponge. Dip a sponge into the bucket and saturate the wall with the soap and water. Work on one section at a time. Allow the soap and water to sink into the glue for a few minutes until the glue begins to loosen.

  • Clean the glue off of the wall. Scrub the glue with an abrasive pad. Dip the abrasive pad in the bucket and scrub the area of the wall that you have saturated. Go over the area with a clean, damp rag. Use a putty knife on particularly difficult areas where glue has built up. Gently work the putty knife into an edge of the glue, after it has been saturated with soap and water, and scrape the glue off of the wall. Empty the bucket and add fresh water and TSP as needed. Use fresh abrasive pads and rags when the old ones become too saturated with glue.

  • Wipe the walls down with fresh water. Fill a bucket with clean, warm water. Wipe the walls down with a sponge to remove the last traces of glue and soap residue.

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