Getting Wallpaper Paste Off

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Getting wallpaper paste off of the walls requires a mixture of vinegar and water, a sponge or a rag, and a bit of elbow grease to remove all of the residue. Remove residual paste after taking down wallpaper with advice from a professional house cleaner in this free video on housekeeping.

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and I'm going to show you the easiest way to get wallpaper paste off. Usually, you know, water and vinegar's pretty common around every household, so if you just mix some water and some vinegar. It never takes much vinegar. You don't have to measure it out, you know. Just put a little bit in with your water. If you've got a gallon you might want to put three or four cups. This just took a splash. We just removed a border that was around this doorway here, and it did leave some residue from the wallpaper paste. You can use a sponge or a rag to apply the solution, and you just want to rub it. It may still oh, it may leave sticky, you know, sticky residue on the sponge or the cloth, so you may have to go back and forth from the sink to wash your cloth off or your sponge, but just come back and wet it again and keep wipin' it. It takes a little bit of elbow grease, but it will work. I am Rachel Yatuzis, and that is how you get wallpaper paste off.

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