Are you sick of looking at your old, damaged, faded wallpaper? It’s not impossible to remove it. Follow these five steps.
Beginning at a seam or a corner, peel the wallpaper away from the wall. Tear as much of the wallpaper down as you can. Place the torn down wallpaper in garbage bags as you work to avoid a huge mess on your floor. Peeling the wallpaper off the wall will not completely remove it. It will take the top layer of the wallpaper off of the wall only. The bottom layer, which is pasted to the wall, will remain.
Step 2: Fill a spray bottle with hot water and add 1/4 cup of bleach. Shake the bottle well to disperse the bleach into the water. Spray the wall well to saturate the remaining paper. Work in small areas at a time as the water will evaporate and dry quickly. Adding bleach to the water prevents the wet wall from molding and will kill any bacteria. Wear a face mask when spraying the bleach water so that you are not breathing in the bleach. Open all of the windows in the room as well.
Step 3: Use a five-in-one tool or a scraper to scrape the wet wallpaper off of the wall. A putty knife will also work. You may want to lay plastic down on the floor before you begin scraping as it can be a messy process. Scrape all of the paper off of the wet area. Once you are finished spray more of the wall then scrape that spot. Repeat this process until you have scraped all of the old wallpaper off of the entire wall.
Step 4: Clean up any mess left from scraping. Fill a bucket with hot water and dish soap or any liquid cleaner. Use a scrubbing sponge to scrub all of the remaining paste off of the wall. After you are done scrubbing the wall use a cloth or a rag and plain water to wipe the wall down well.
Step 5: Allow the wall to dry for at least twenty four hours before you begin to apply mud, paint, or new wallpaper. It’s a good idea to place a couple of fans in the room and to keep the windows open. The air circulation will help the wall to dry.