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How to Remove Wallpaper without causing damage to your walls?

Wallpapers do add a certain amount of vibe to your rooms but changing them or removing them from the walls might be a project by itself. Some might even consider this a chore. Such a project needs to be approached with a plan. When you have the right tools and materials you will be able to do this “chore” with ease.

Wallpaper Removal Basics

Read this article to know more and wallpaper your space like a pro.

1. Wallpaper Bonding with Drywall Paper Drywall is coated with paper facing. When this paper is joined with the wallpaper, the materials will bond well. If you pull both the laminated material apart it is hard to do it in a clean way. Both are thin, both are porous and they will tear easily. If the wall is previously painted with glossy paint the removal will be a little easier. The drywall paper is less porous plus the paint will aid in holding the drywall paper together.

2. Wallpaper Adhesives Did you know that wallpaper paste has incredible wet track properties? Modified wheat starch has been used as a wallpaper adhesive and this is the main solid ingredient in most. Moisture plus heat, with a small amount of rest time, will aid in breaking up the dried-up scratches to remove the wallpaper.

Liquid Stripping vs Steam Removal

There are two methods that can be used to remove your wallpapers with ease.

Liquid stripping is a process of spraying a biodegradable chemical to the wallpaper and let the product soak in for a few minutes. The mixture is usually propylene glycol and water and this solvent helps to soften the adhesive. With the steam removal process, you combine water in the form of steam, along with heat and this softens the adhesive. Make sure you don’t use a clothes iron or steamer but a dedicated steam wallpaper remover.

The pros and cons of both methods.

Liquid Stripper Method

Steam Removal Method



Works well for small areas

Works well for larger spaces

Fewer tools required

Machine purchase or rental required

Uses Chemicals

Uses no Chemicals

Removal Incomplete sometimes

Complete removal or nearly so


1. Wallpaper Liquid Stripper Method

● Tape plastic sheet around the wallpaper that does not need to be removed. This step can be skipped if you are removing the whole thing.

● Use the wallpaper stripper spray product on the wallpaper. Wait for five minutes for the contents to penetrate the paper.

● Gently with a putty knife push under the paper and lift it. Remember not to scrape the wall with the knife.

● If the paper doesn’t lift easily add some more wallpaper stripper product and let it rest. You can repeat the process until the wallpaper lifts easily.

● Sometimes there will be some remains on the wall, you can spray the product on the wall and spread it with a sponge, and scrape off the adhesive with the putty knife.

● The final step is to wipe down the wall with a new, clean sponge with water.

2. Wallpaper Steam Removal

● This method will require a wallpaper steamer. Fill the reservoir up to the waterline mark. Wait for the machine to build up steam, it usually takes five minutes or so.

● Lay the plate on the first section of the wallpaper for 15-20 seconds. Immediately start peeling the wallpaper with the putty knife.

● This sometimes might not come off immediately and you can repeat the process.

● After the paper has been removed, go back and re-steam so that you can scrape up any residual adhesive. Warning - Never re-fill the wallpaper steaming tool Wait till the toll cools down before refilling.

Warning - Never re-fill the wallpaper steaming tool Wait till the toll cools down before refilling.

Now that we have given you some of the best options, pick what suits you best and go about making those  changes to your Home Sweet Home.

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