What Is the Best Way to Remove Wallpaper?

To remove wallpaper, soak the paper with a solution of hot water and fabric softener, pull the paper from the wall with a putty knife, and wash away the wallpaper adhesive with dish detergent. Perforate the paper to enhance the softener penetration.

  1. Protect the floor

    Cover the floor below the wallpaper with drop cloths, and remove any switch plate and outlet cover from near the wallpaper. Then, flip off the power breaker to avoid electric shock.

  2. Prepare the solution

    Mix one part hot water with one part of fabric softener, and pour the solution into a spray bottle. To keep the water hot, mix the solution a small portion at a time.

  3. Soak the paper

    Perforate the wallpaper with a wallpaper scorer to facilitate the penetration of the softener. Spray the wallpaper with the solution, and let the solution set for a few minutes.

  4. Remove the wallpaper and adhesive

    Pull a bottom corner of the paper upward, and use a putty knife to pull the paper from the wall. Prepare a solution of hot water and dish detergent in a bucket, soak a sponge with the solution, and use the soaked sponge to scrub the wallpaper adhesive from the wall. Rinse off the residue with clean water, and blot the wall dry with a towel.