How to Remove Wall Transfers

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Wall transfers are words or images that are printed on a removable paper backing and then applied to a wall. They are a quick way to transform the look of a room without extensive painting. If you decide to remove the wall transfer later, doing so typically requires no tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer
  • Knife
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton ball
  • Plug in a hair dryer near the location of the wall transfer. Turn the hair dryer on medium heat, and hold it 6 inches away from the transfer. Move the hot air constantly over the entire transfer for 30 to 60 seconds to soften it.

  • Peel up one edge of the wall transfer, using your fingers or the tip of a knife. Once the corner is raised 1/4 to 1/2 inch, grasp it with your fingers.

  • Fold the corner of the transfer upward, and pull it away from the wall, using a slow, smooth, upward motion. Continue until the entire transfer pulls entirely free from the wall.

  • Apply 1 tsp. rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball, and rub it over the area of the wall where the transfer was previously applied. This removes any remaining sticky residue from the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the transfer is extremely difficult to remove, leave it on the wall, and paint over it with a primer to cover the ink. Then repaint the wall.
  • If the wall transfer has been in place for a long time, the outline may still be visible after removal. This is because wall paint fades over time. You will have to repaint the room.

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