I have two bathrooms with wallpaper and my little steamer works but it's
going to take forever. I know there are chemicals you can put on the paper
to get it off. Does anyone have any suggestions for the best one, or is
there another method? We have one of those scoring things. Thanks for any
We used a garden hose adapted to an old oil burner nozzle. It makes a fine
spray of water. Spray the wall, wait, then spray it again. The paper will
come off easily. I imagine a regular tree sprayer would work.
DIF by Zinsser is a gel that really works well. Let it really soak in,
then paper comes off clean with a putty knife or scraper
Zinssers scoring tool (round with red top) is an excellent tool also.
The more scoring the better, for the gel to really soak in.
After successfully removing 4 rooms worth of wallpaper heres my take.
Steamer is best (wagner model I bought) and fabric softer/ water
sprayed on and then scraped works great too. Some paper had the
steamer work better and others the softener. Get a paper tiger tool to
score the paper first and its easier.
We did our kitchen and it took forever, every square inch of wall paper
seemed glued to the wall and we'd lose drywall if we steamed it too
much. We also used a chemical (DIF?) without success. Heck, we had
rented a large steamer before we bought one since the project was going
to take longer than a day, the larger steamer didn't do much better and
it was much harder to handle due to its size and power (metal pieces get
We just now got to our bathroom and the wallpaper literally falls off in
large chunks with our little plastic steamer. In this case, a
criss-cross diagonal pattern made with a box cutter tool resulted in a
fairly clean and relatively painless task.
Now removing the giant mirrors that are glued onto the wall is another
I used a two step method. First I peeled the vinyl off
the paper backing. Then I just wet the paper with warm
water with a sponge. After keeping it wet when it absorbed
the water it just peeled off in about 30 minutes. Then I wiped
the walls down with a wet sponge to remove any paste.
No additives were used. I think I was lucky after reading
some of the horror stories about removing wallpaper.
So give my method a try . There is nothing to lose.
Others have given good methods. My opinion on wall paper is:
Once a room is wallpapered you are stuck with wallpaper.
If you want to go back to painted walls, hire a professional as the job
of cleaning off the paste residue will try the patience of Job.
Wife now has finally gotten it clear that if she ever puts up one more
piece of paper it is the end.
No, you are never stuck (was that a pun?) with wallpaper.
I had fugly wallpaper on top of raw plasterboard and I was able to remove
most of the wallpaper with minimal negative side effects.
I first lightly abraded the wallpaper so that the DIF solution could work its
way in through the wallpaper surface. I used the hottest water I could manage
using thick rubber gloves. The secret to not ruining the raw plasterboard is
use the absolute minimum amount of water necessary to loosen the wallpaper
and wait for the DIF to do its job. On my first attempt, I used way too much
water and I had to replaster large sections of the wall where the
plasterboard washed off. Not a fun job.
My wife was very pleased with the job (especially since I've never done this
type of work before) and I got lucky that night.
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