Removing old wallpaper from plaster, drywall, and other surfaces using wallpaper remover usually isn’t that difficult, though it can be messy.

To remove wallpaper from a wall:

  1. Score the wallpaper horizontally with a sharp utility knife.
  2. Mix up wallpaper remover with hot water in a pump-up sprayer.
  3. Spray the wall with the wallpaper remover solution.
  4. Allow the wallpaper solution to soak for the recommended time (15 minutes or more).
  5. Use a 6” putty knife to peel off the wallpaper.
  6. If needed, spray the wall again to soften the glue on any remaining wallpaper.

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To remove wallpaper, start by mixing a liquid wallpaper remover with hot water in a pump-up garden sprayer. Before you apply it to the walls, score the paper horizontally with a sharp utility knife so the remover solution will soak in as it runs down the walls.

Once the solution has some time to work, begin scraping and peeling at one edge. A six inch drywall knife is ideal for this job, but be careful not to gouge the drywall. Often, only the top layer of the paper will peel off, leaving the backing on the wall. If this happens, spray it again with more solution, wait a bit, and scrape off what’s left

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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