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Palebride
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Removing wallpaper

Our new house has a TON of wallpaper on the first floor and my husband has just started to try to remove it.

Are there any easy ways to get it off? So far, he tried some stuff we bought at Home Dept (DIF?) and a wall scorer....but it's going pretty slowly and he's getting frustrated.

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Posted 10/29/06 11:54 AM
 
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MrsProfessor
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Re: Removing wallpaper

You can rent a wallpaper steamer from Home Depot- I wish we'd known about this when we first moved it- we used the scorer and the liquid stuff- BIGGEST.PITA.EVER. Chat Icon

Posted 10/29/06 2:24 PM
 

MatteosMom
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Re: Removing wallpaper

Posted by MrsProfessor

You can rent a wallpaper steamer from Home Depot- I wish we'd known about this when we first moved it- we used the scorer and the liquid stuff- BIGGEST.PITA.EVER. Chat Icon



Hi, new to the "Home" board, saw your post and I agree 100% with MrsProfessor....we did the scorer a/d liquid stuff, took FOREVER. My cousin just bought a house, they bought a steamer to get the wallpaper off and she said it was so easy. Wish I knew that when we did it!

Posted 10/29/06 5:33 PM
 

Freddie
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Re: Removing wallpaper

it depends on the glue that was used. We had some that came off very easy with DIF and others that we scraped for hours upon hours!

Posted 10/30/06 8:15 AM
 

Ang-Rich
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Re: Removing wallpaper

Same here...we had such a hard time with the scorer and DIF but once we had the steamer it was great!

Posted 10/30/06 8:25 AM
 

DRMom
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Re: Removing wallpaper

Posted by MatteosMom

Posted by MrsProfessor

You can rent a wallpaper steamer from Home Depot- I wish we'd known about this when we first moved it- we used the scorer and the liquid stuff- BIGGEST.PITA.EVER. Chat Icon



Hi, new to the "Home" board, saw your post and I agree 100% with MrsProfessor....we did the scorer a/d liquid stuff, took FOREVER. My cousin just bought a house, they bought a steamer to get the wallpaper off and she said it was so easy. Wish I knew that when we did it!



I agree!

Posted 10/30/06 9:19 AM
 

Palebride
I am an amazing bakist

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Lori

Re: Removing wallpaper

Thanks!
Now, the other problem is that the wallpaper is most likely the original wallpaper put up in 1965 (yes, it's very pretty)....will the steamer still work well on glue that old?

Posted 10/30/06 9:39 AM
 

~Colleen~
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Re: Removing wallpaper

Try to peel the top layer off - leaving just the backing/glue. Depending on how easy it comes off, vinegar works well (just spray and saturate). I have found that DIF Gel works better than the liquid. Just rub it on, leave it for 15 minutes, and the backing should just peel off. I've used a spackle knife to scrape off the glue.

You'll want to wash the wall again with the DIF solution...and use an oil-based primer. B/c no matter how much you think you've removed all the glue, chances are you didn't and the glue will eat through the latex.

My dad has used the steamer on his 100+ y/o house (really, really old paper LOL) with success but it's messy and laborious.

Posted 10/30/06 10:54 AM
 

kerrycec03
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Re: Removing wallpaper

thats for the advice ladies, I was also going to ask this question today

Posted 10/30/06 11:35 AM
 
 

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