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How to Remove Wallpaper

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Removing wallpaper can be relatively simple. Newer wallpapers, especially non-woven wallpapers, are designed to be strippable, so you can peel them off the wall easily. To strip wallpaper, or find out what kind of job lies ahead, find a corner and start peeling. If it peels away in one large sheet with ease, you are in luck. However, some older wallpaper will pose more of a challenge to remove. Here are instructions on how to remove wallpaper.


  • Wallpaper knife
  • Perforating tool or wallpaper scoring tool
  • Wallpaper removal solution
  • Drop cloths
  • Solution sprayer such as a Spray bottle
  1. Spread drop cloths over the entire area to protect floors

  2. If your wallpaper removal solution requires mixing, mix the removal solution with hot water in a spray bottle as recommended by the manufacturer.

  3. Perforate the surface of the wallpaper all over with a wallpaper scoring tool. This will allow the wallpaper removal solution to seep behind the wallpaper and loosen the adhesive.

  4. Spray the wallpaper removal solution on liberally and allow it to soak into the wallpaper for the recommended amount of time.

  5. Note: Don’t rush this process. Let the wallpaper removal solution do most of the work.

  6. Once the wallpaper is loosened, peel it away with a wallpaper knife, being careful not to gouge the wall underneath. Be sure to remove the backing paper, too.

  7. Some older wallpaper can cling so some patches may need to be soaked again with the removal solution to loosen the adhesive.

  8. Finally, spray any residual adhesive with the solution and sponge down the entire wall with clean, hot water to make sure you got all of the glue off

  9. Allow the surface to dry thoroughly, and you’re ready to redecorate!

How to Remove Wet Strippable Wallpaper


  • Bucket or tray for water
  • Paint roller
  • Paper knife or spatula
  1. Apply clean hot water onto the wall with a paint roller. Start to roll upwards to avoid excess water on the floor. Keep the surface soaking wet for 10-15 minutes by adding more water as the paper dries.

  2. Use a knife or a spatula to lift the top of the wallcovering panel across the full width to allow you to use both hands to gently peel the panel off the wall.

  3. If the wallcovering delaminates, continue to peel the top layer off and then add more water to the backing for another 5 minutes. Then use the spatula to lift as wide part as you can and peel the backing off.

Note: Letting the wallcovering soak longer will allow you to peel larger pieces off.

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