How to Score Wallpaper


When attempting to remove wallpaper from a wall, a good method involves scoring the wallpaper before steaming it or applying chemicals. What this entails is using a tool to poke numerous holes into the wallpaper. This allows the steam or chemicals to better penetrate the wallpaper to the adhesive.

Things You'll Need

  • Wallpaper scoring tool
  • Obtain a wallpaper scoring tool. These can be picked up at any hardware store, borrowed from a friend or found in your tool box. Some popular brands are PaperTiger and Simple Strip.

  • Press the tool firmly against the top of the wall and move it downward, maintaining pressure. If the tool doesn't penetrate the wallpaper, redo the action and press harder.

  • Repeat step 2 for each section of the wall, until all of the wallpaper has been scored.

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