How To Remove Wallpaper

I don’t like wallpaper.  I also don’t like the process of removing it.  But I love the results after it has been removed so I have removed more wallpaper than I’d like to admit.

There are a couple of things that makes removing wallpaper easier: a steamer and vinegar- yes, you read that right.

In that past, I have tried a wallpaper perforator but haven’t found it to be all that useful.

So how do you remove wallpaper?

How to remove wallpaper

Step One: Peel off the top layer of paper or vinyl coating.  If you have finger nails, you can usually start the process just with them, otherwise use a putty knife.  Also, try to keep the wallpaper piece in one piece, rather than pulling off a million small strips.

How to remove wallpaper: step 1

Step Two: Use a steamer to remove the remaining paper likely still attached to the wall.  I prefer to work from the bottom up, but some people prefer the other way around.  Your choice.

How to remove wallpaper: steamer

Step Three: There is likely a yellow glue remaining on the wall which requires a wallpaper glue remover.  I’m cheap, so I prefer making my own with vinegar.  Just get a spray bottle and fill it half with vinegar and half with warm water:

make your own wallpaper glue remover

Spray the vinegar/water solution on the wall, and let it sit for a short time (a couple minutes is usually all it needs but if you have stubborn glue spots, let it sit longer):

how to remove wallpaper: glue removal

Use a rag and wipe off the vinegar/water solution and the glue should come with it.  I usually repeat this step a couple times to get the wall completely clean:

how to remove wallpaper: glue removal 2

Work across the wall removing the wallpaper glue- this is the step that takes the most time and elbow grease, but it is totally worth it.

how to remove wallpaper

Wallpaper be gone!