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  • Jan 23, 2006, 01:09 PM
    Removing wallpaper
    I recently bought my house.we are slowly remodeling the all the room has looks really old.I have no idea how I should remove it.a friend told me I could use fabric softern mix with this true?I pull at the wallpaper there seems to be no other layers of wallpaper.any help hints would be great.:D
  • Jan 23, 2006, 04:55 PM
    When removing wallpaper in our house, we used warm, soapy water in a spray bottle. Sprayed it on the wallpaper, let it sit for five minutes (keep spraying if it starts to dry out), and then peel it off in great sheets.

    If the wallpaper itself is shiny and repels water, you'll have to do it in two steps. The first step will be to just peel off the shiny layer, exposing the paper underneath. Then, when you soak the paper, the glue will loosen.

    Depending on what's underneath the wallpaper, you may want to pick up a plastic scraping tool. It's the same kind of thing as you'd use for applying drywall compound, only made of plastic. I found that it was great at scraping off the gluey paper.

    Once you're done all of that, the walls are likely to require a couple of good washes with soap and water before you start prepping for paint. Good luck with the renos!
  • Jan 24, 2006, 07:00 AM
    Scoring the wallpaper first helps a lot. Use a tool like this.. . or even a razorblade will do. It lets the moisture get down behind the wallpaper to speed up the loostening of the glue. Once scored, then sponge or spray it down, as described.
  • Jan 24, 2006, 09:50 AM
    Dr D
    DIF enzyme
    A few years ago I removed some stubborn wallpaper with a product called DIF or DIFF. It can be purchased at Home Depot. You mix it with water and spray it on. Perforating the paper is a great idea as previously posted. This enzyme eats the wallpaper paste. Good luck.
  • Jan 26, 2006, 11:51 AM
    All of the above tips work great!! The only difference from me is the water based solution I use. I mix HOT water and vinegar...
  • Feb 7, 2006, 04:50 PM
    DIF works great, especially with hot water. Just put down a plastic tarp or sheet as you work to catch the drippings. You may have to go over it a few times. The scoring tool helps to get the product underneath, but if you are not very careful, you'll score the drywall or plaster as well. If you are going to paper again , this won't be a problem.Wash the wall as it becomes exposed with warm water to remove the remaining glue. Be prepared for surprises under wallpaper. Ya never know.

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