You have been slowly trying to update your home to become what you have always envisioned. You have just selected your home’s new flooring, and it looks perfect! You definitely think it added value and charm to your space, but there is one thing that is still bothering you: your wallpaper. It is outdated, and you would like to switch over to regular paint without damaging the wall. Wallpaper can be challenging to remove if done improperly, but we are here to teach you how to remove it the correct way. Let’s take a look!
- Hot Water
- Wallpaper Scoring Tool
- Fabric Softener
- Spray Bottle
- Putty Knife
- Dye-Free Dish Soap
- Drying towel
- Damp towel
1. Use your hands.
The first step is to try and remove as much wallpaper as you can by peeling it off yourself. Note, this will not get all the wallpaper off, and there may be large sections of wallpaper left after this.
2. Get out your wallpaper scoring tool.
You can pick up a wallpaper scorer at any home renovation store. Once you have your wallpaper scorer, you will go over the wallpaper with it. The wallpaper score cuts tiny holes throughout the wallpaper helping to separate your wall from the wallpaper’s base.
3. Mix your solution.
DIY Wallpaper Solution is made up of hot water and fabric softener. Combine these two ingredients into your spray bottle. You will need to put the same amount of fabric softener with the same amount of hot water. Mix together small batches so that the water stays continually hot.
4. Begin to spray the wallpaper with your solution.
Spray the DIY Wallpaper Solution over your wallpaper, but keep in mind that the wallpaper will only stay wet for 15 minutes. You will only have those 15 minutes to scrape off the sections that you just sprayed.
5. Begin scrapping.
Let the solution sit only for a couple of minutes then grab your putty knife. The putty knife will be used to remove your wallpaper. Start from the bottom corner and work your way up the wall.
6. Remove any leftover adhesive.
In order to remove the adhesive, you will need to mix together 1 TBSP of dish soap with hot water. The water should be extremely hot, but you will be dipping your hand into the bucket so be cautious when doing so. Begin to wipe your walls with your soaked sponge. The sponge will begin to remove any leftover adhesive from the wallpaper.
7. Go over the wall one last time.
Take your damp towel and go over the wall one last time. After the wall is rinsed off, go over the wall with your drying towel. Make sure to dry off the walls entirely before finishing your project.
After you have successfully removed your wallpaper, you can begin to paint your walls and have the home of your dreams.