If you don’t have a hair dryer or the hair dryer method didn’t work, a great alternative is to apply a stripping solution. Just keep in mind that this method typically requires scoring the wallpaper, which can damage the wall if you aren’t careful.
· Drop cloth
· Spray bottle
· Apple cider vinegar
· Liquid fabric softener
· Commercial wallpaper stripper
· Paint scraper
· Step ladder
· Scoring tool
· Scouring pad
To ensure that you have enough space to work, move any furniture and appliances away from the walls. Put down drop cloths to protect the floor and any nearby objects. Make sure there is enough space for a step ladder. Using the ladder will make it easier to work with the wallpaper border, so you don’t have to hold your arms above your head whenever you need to spray, score, or peel the wallpaper.
There are several different stripping solutions you can use to remove wallpaper. The easiest option is simply warm water. Commercial wallpaper strippers typically come premixed and prepackaged, making them another easy option. However, if you are using apple cider vinegar, you need to mix it with equal parts warm water to create a stripping solution. Another DIY stripping solution can be made by mixing liquid fabric softener with equal parts warm water.
Wallpaper can be made with a vinyl backing or coating that prevents liquids from penetrating through the material. In this case, you'll need to use a plastic scoring tool or a plastic knife to score the wallpaper border. You can make numerous holes in the wallpaper border using a scoring tool, but if you don’t have a scoring tool, simply use a plastic knife to cut crisscrossing diagonal lines along the wallpaper. This process allows the stripping solution to soak through the perforations in order to loosen the adhesive backing.
Once mixed, pour the stripping solution into a spray bottle. Climb up the step ladder and spray the starting edge of the wallpaper border with the stripping solution. Give the solution about 10 to 15 minutes to soak through to the adhesive, then use your fingers or a scraping tool to peel away the corner of the wallpaper border.
Don’t rush the process. Make sure that the stripping solution has time to soak through to the adhesive before attempting to peel the wallpaper to avoid ripping or tearing the material. Keep in mind that it’s more difficult to peel off a narrow, isolated part of the wallpaper than it is to remove the entire strip. Continue to spray the wallpaper border and peel it off the wall using your fingers or a scraping tool until the entire wallpaper border is removed.
Inspect the wall to see if there is any remaining adhesive still clinging to the wall. Fill a bucket with warm water and use a scouring pad to clean it off, then let the wall dry.