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Monday, January 19, 2015

how to remove wall paper

Summary: Mix equal parts boiling water and vinegar. Spray wall. Wait 5-10 minutes. Remove wall paper with putty knife. This person first removed what she could without the solution. Link:

A critique: Unless you are removing paper in a tiny room, I would recommend using a power steamer - which you should be able to rent at your local Lowe's, Home Depot, or equivalent for somewhere around $30/day, or buy one for not very much more.
DO use the water+vinegar mixture in the power steamer. That is key. The vinegar does make it a LOT easier - but even a cheap power steamer is going to be a lot easier than boiling water in a kettle and using a plastic spray bottle. From
Frugal Living recommends 15 minute wait times. 
Excellent, detailed article: And oh. Says "up to 15 minutes" on the sitting. Warns of leaving liquid on drywall for too long.
A final perspective that clarifies some things:
A much more detailed article that I honestly didn't finish reading:

Now on to fabric softner methods. HGTV teaches one how:

Lifehacker keeps it simple: Just mix equal parts warm water and fabric softener in a spray bottle. Spray the wallpaper in sections, wait a minute or so, and peel off.

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