How Do You Remove Tough Wallpaper?

To remove tough wallpaper, protect the floors, pull off the paper's facing, soak the backing with hot water and then scrape away the backing. To remove stubborn backing, apply a gel stripper to the area.

Run through the following steps to remove stubborn wallpaper from walls.

  1. Protect the room
  2. Lay down plastic or drop cloths on the floors and remove outlet covers and light switch plates.

  3. Peel off the facing
  4. Peel off the facing of the wallpaper by hand. If parts remain stuck to the wall, spray them with a wallpaper removal solution.

  5. Soak the backing
  6. Score the remaining backing with a scoring tool to allow the removal solution to soak into the backing. Mix one part hot water with one part fabric softener in a spray bottle. Spray the homemade removal solution on a section of the backing and let it soak into the paper for a few minutes.

  7. Scrape away the backing
  8. Scrape away the section of backing with a rounded putty knife or spatula. When the backing has been removed from that section, soak and scrape away the next section of the wall.

  9. Apply stripper
  10. Apply gel stripper to any stubborn areas and leave it on the backing for 15 to 20 minutes. Scrape away the paste and rinse the area with water.

  11. Clean the walls
  12. Wash the walls with hot water and dish detergent. Use a sponge to work the mixture into the walls. Rinse the detergent off of the walls and use a towel to dry the surface.