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How To Remove Wallpaper

March 29th, 2012 Tools

Is it time to change up the décor in one room of the house? Perhaps the wallpaper that was installed back in the 1970s has lost its luster. If you're thinking of taking care of the work yourself, it's understandable to dread having to remove wallpaper. After all, doing so can be a huge pain if you're not sure how. However, with a little bit of knowledge and a fair amount of patience, you should be able to get the job done without too much difficulty. Here's a quick guide on how to remove wallpaper, courtesy of the DIY Network.

First, you'll need to prepare the room - place drop cloths at the base of the walls you're about to strip. This will make cleanup much easier. You should also remove all switch plates and outlet covers from the wall and be sure to cut power before starting the job.

Mix a solution of hot water and fabric softener (about a one-to-one ratio) together and pour it in a large spray bottle. Now, using the spray bottle, saturate a section of the wall as much as possible. Allow the solution to soak through for a few minutes, then begin stripping the wall. Grab pieces of wallpaper by the bottom and rip upward, using a putty knife to help make things easier. Repeat these steps until all of the wallpaper is removed.

Finally, mix a tablespoon of dish detergent with some very hot water and wipe down the walls with a sponge until all of the adhesive has been removed. Rinse the soap off and you're done!