I tested out 3 different ways to remove wallpaper so you don’t have to! Watch to find out my tried-and-true formula that works the best!
Technique #1: Remove Wallpaper with Steam
- 6″ drywall knife
I’m obsessed with the power of steam! It can clean the dirtiest things with just water! I’ve used this steam cleaner to steam a lot of things, so I thought I’d give it a go on the wallpaper.
They do make steamers specifically for wallpaper. But since I’m not going to be removing wallpaper for a living. Or probably ever again after this room, I wanted to use what I had on hand.
Unfortunately the steam didn’t help AT ALL. I couldn’t even get the piece started. This method may work better for a more papery wallpaper. Mine seems more like a vinyl paper than paper-paper.
Technique #2: Homemade Remover Recipe
- 1 cup wallpaper remover concentrate*
- 1/3 cup vinegar
- 1 Tbsp baking soda
- 1 oz fabric softener
- 1 gallon HOT water
- pump-up sprayer*
We’ve been using this recipe on Today’s Homeowner for years. And we haven’t found anything that beats it yet. I wanted to try it second since it’s slightly more involved. Because I’m guessing you don’t have wallpaper remover concentrate on hand, do you? Plus you have to cover up your floors and do prep stuff like that!🤪
After spraying it over an entire section, waiting a few minutes and then re-wetting the area, I attempted to peel the wallpaper off. It definitely worked better than the steamer. BUT I knew it could work better and get bigger pieces off at one time. SO on to technique #3!
Technique #3: Recipe PLUS Scoring Tool
Running the scoring tool over all of the paper is the secret to this recipe working its wallpaper magic. The small holes in the paper give the solution more entry points to dissolve the adhesive behind the paper. In fact, as I was peeling, I could see where it had saturated starting at the tiny holes and working its way out. In places where the I didn’t score enough, you could see it wasn’t wet at all!
(Make sure you hit that play button up top to watch this in action in my video!!)
Now, I’m not a wallpaper hater. In fact, I actually installed wallpaper for an accent in Lucy’s nursery at our old house. But I didn’t love the wallpapering in our dining room. It wasn’t the ‘look’ I wanted. You know what I mean?
I’ve also even thought about installing an accent with a wallpaper mural in this dining room. Ha! But for now, we’ll enjoy the plainness of un-wallpapered painted walls.
Have any other techniques to remove wallpaper to share? Please share in the comments below!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
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