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?
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.
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.
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:
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):
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:
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.
Wallpaper be gone!