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How do you remove a wallpaper boarder?

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Methods of wallpaper border removal include using a hairdryer, misting with a spray bottle, soaking with water or using a wallpaper steamer. Work from the bottom of the border toward the top and keep a sponge handy to wipe any spills from the wall.

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Try the hairdryer for removal before adding any moisture to the border. It works by drying out the glue and loosening the paper border. Once the border is warm, lift a corner, and pull gently to remove it. If it does not loosen, try one of the wet methods.

Some glues loosen with a mist of water, while others need something stronger to dissolve the adhesive. Some removal experts recommend adding vinegar to the spray, but it leaves a lingering smell. Commercial spray products are useful in some cases.

Using a sponge and a bucket of warm soapy water sometimes works when misting does not. The sponge adds more moisture than is possible with the spray bottle. For vinyl borders, use a wallpaper perforation tool to ensure the water soaks through the cover to dissolve the glue.

Steam is sometimes helpful when other attempts fail. A clothing steamer works in some cases, but a wallpaper steamer is usually a better option. While inexpensive models are available for purchase, tool rental stores also rent the units.

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