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08/30/05

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Removing Wallpaper


If you're going to remove wallpaper, you'll encounter one of two kinds. Newer vinyl wallpaper is called "strippable," and it's designed so you can peel it off a wall easily. Find a loose corner and pull it. If it comes off easily, you're in luck. Older wallpaper clings like crazy – to remove it you'll need a solution that penetrates the paper and softens the adhesive underneath. You probably won't get all the glue the first time, either. You'll need to go back and remove a few patches here and there, soaking each spot with some remover solution to soften it up.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

SKILL SCALE
Easy

TIME REQUIRED
Give yourself a whole day to remove the wallpaper from an average-size room, including cleanup.

TOOLS
Wallboard knife
Bucket
Perforating Tool
Solution sprayer
Sponge
Drop cloth

MATERIALS
Wallpaper remover solution

Removing Wallpaper Find a loose edge of wallpaper and give it a tug. Vinyl wallpaper usually peels away easily, but you may need a little help from a wallboard knife.
Removing Wallpaper If the wallpaper won't strip by hand, cover the floor with layers of newspaper or a dropcloth. Add wallpaper remover to some hot water as directed by the manufacturer.

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