How to Remove Wallpaper

Removing wallpaper

It is often best to remove old wallpaper, rather than trying to paint over it, to ensure your newly applied wall color looks its best.

For Best Results:

Make sure you allow time for your stripper solution to soak into the wallpaper.

  1. Step 1

    Using a scoring tool, create perforations in the wallpaper. This will allow the wallpaper remover to penetrate through to the wall.

  2. Step 2

    Following the manufacturer's directions, mix the appropriate ratio of wallpaper stripper and water in an empty plastic 5-gallon container.

  3. Step 3

    Using a sponge, apply the remover mixture to a 4' x 4' section. Allow the mixture to soak on the surface for a minimum of 5 minutes. Do not allow it to dry.

  4. Step 4

    Starting in a corner of the wall, peel back the wallpaper in a 4' x 4' section. Repeat the process until all the wallpaper has been removed.

  5. Step 5

    Loosen the stubborn wallpaper sections using a scraper. If some paper backing remains, continue wetting and scraping the area until all the backing has been removed.

  6. Step 6

    Using a scrub brush, scrub the surface to loosen the remaining glue.

  7. Step 7

    To remove the solution and glue residue, wipe the area with a water-dampened sponge or rag.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Bucket
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Wallpaper Stripper
  • Protective Apparel
  • Rags
  • Scoring Tool
  • Scrub Brush
  • Sponge
  • Wallpaper Scraper
  • Wallpaper Steamer
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