How do you remove wall paper?


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To remove wall paper, prepare the room, determine the grain, apply the solution, strip the paper and clean the walls. This process can take several hours, depending on the size of the room, and it requires broad knives, a scoring tool, a stripping solution, spray bottles, a ladder and drop cloths.

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  1. Prepare the room

    Clear the space around the walls. Remove outlet and light switch covers. Spread a drop cloth or plastic tarp in the area. Gather your tools, and mix the stripping solution. You can use a store-bought solution or mix hot water with fabric softener. Fill spray bottles with the mixture.

  2. Test a patch

    Determine the grain of the wall paper by testing a patch about 3 by 3 inches. Lift up the paper to determine which direction you need to strip.

  3. Apply the solution, and remove the paper

    Spray the walls with the warm solution. Strip as much of the paper as possible by hand. Use a broad knife to remove the paper backing. You may need to re-apply the solution several times. For areas where the solution cannot penetrate the paper, gently and carefully use a scoring tool on the paper before adding more solution. Use the scoring tool sparingly to avoid damaging the walls.

  4. Clean the walls

    Wipe the walls with a damp sponge, and allow them to dry for a few days.

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