Just removed wallpaper border (just border, no other wallpaper), and it left
quite a bit of glue residue. Based on the lousy performance of DIF Wallpaper
Stripper, I'm hesitant to spend more money on yet another product that's
marginal. Are there any normal household cleaners (ammonia, etc) that might
make short work of this, or is it just an elbow grease kind of job? The
walls have satin finish latex paint, but they're going to be primed and
repainted, so a certain amount of abuse (while cleaning them) isn't a big
I removed wallpaper from every square vertical foot of an 1800 sf house.
What I learned is to use warm water and time. Spray the water on. Let it
set. Scrape with plastic drywall knives or wipe with terrycloth. No fast
way to do it. You just have to let the water soak into the glue until the
glue is liquid once again. Slow down.
When I did it recently, I settled on a mild solution of TSP and water. I
applied it several times with a sponge mop, then scrubbed with a fibrous
scrubbing pad. The one I used I believe was made by 3M. It was a course
stiff pad about 1" x 6" x 4" with a handle mounted to it. It quickly
loosened the paste, which could then be sponged off.
Just finished removing a lot of borders and wallpapers. What I did was add
water to the Diff. It made it "wetter" and it soaked into the paste residue
faster. The catch was that thinning the mixture made it run more. Adjust
the spray bottle or your distance from wall, so that the mist lands just
right for absorption.
I would work in about six foot sections. Spray and soak on section really
good, move on...repeat and then go back to previous to remove residue. Use a
plastic spackle blade to lift if you need.
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