Hi, all. Someone asked that I post a follow-up on this topic so here it be.
Early Sat. a.m. we got down to business. DH had his bucket, hot water and a
little vinegar plus a couple of terry cloth towels and started in the living
room. I filled my bucket with warm water and a little squirt of dish
detergent and started upstairs in the hallway. One scrubbing removed some
of the glue but not all, so I grabbed a scraper thingie and used that to get
more of the glue, and then scrubbed again, working in 3 foot square
sections. Two hours later,. DH declared he had finished both the LR and DR
and what was taking me so long as I was still in the hallway and steps.
Then I came down to see what his walls looked like. Eeek! He had used old
dark green hand towels from the rag pile and there were bits of dark green
terry cloth specks over all the walls. And the glue was still quite
apparent, and some spots of the wallpaper liner were still there! DH then
left for an appt with his eye doctor and I got to work on his share of the
walls. Long story short, by 6 p.m. Sat. all the walls were just about clean
of glue. Sunday afternoon when the rooms were sunny I could see where we
had missed and tackled those areas. The painter arrived this morning at
8:00 a.m., approved the walls and went to MAB to pick up all the paint. By
10 a.m. he had finished the first coat on all the ceilings and one of the
walls, but then left for the day because of an impending blizzard (wimp!).
So here we sit...12 inches of snow predicted overnight and hoping that the
roads are clear bright and early tomorrow so the work can proceed.
So what did I learn? (a) A little dish soap and the assistance of a paint
scraper works better than hot water and vinegar; (b) Never use a ratty
dark-colored towel to remove wallpaper paste; (c) using sizing on the walls
before wallpapering makes the paper easier to strip off, but extra effort is
needed to remove all that extra glue (although I'd rather scrub walls than
strip wallpaper any day!); (d) don't tackle home renovations during the
winter (at least not in the Philadelphia area!)
Thanks again for the advice. It made the job somewhat easier.