How do I remove wallpaper from my walls?

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS

SYNOPSIS

Getting old wallpaper off the walls isn’t a hard job, but it can be a little messy. If you want to update a room, though, it’s well worth the effort. In this video, we’ll tell you exactly what you need to get your wallpaper down with the least amount of mess and hassle.

TRANSCRIPT

If your wallpaper is outdated, has faded over time, or if you just want to create a new look, stripping your old wallpaper in order to paint or hang new wallpaper is a pretty easy project. All you need is patience, a little time, and, the right tools.Before you begin, you’ll need to remove all of the switch plates and outlet covers. That will take a screwdriver. Move all of the furniture into the center of the room or even into another room, so that you’ll have enough space to work. Use drop cloths to cover your flooring and anything that’s left in the room, because this job can get messy.Next on the list is a wallpaper scorer. These have a spiked wheel inside to pierce the wallpaper with thousands of small holes as you roll it in a circular motion over your walls. These holes let the wallpaper stripper get through the wallpaper itself and down to the glue. The more holes you make, the easier it is for the wallpaper stripper to work, which makes it easier for you.When buying wallpaper strippers, you can get them in a ready-to-use formula or in a concentrate that you mix with water. Either way, these are much better at loosening the wallpaper than home mixtures of water and vinegar or using a steamer. You can apply the strippers with a sprayer, a sponge or a paint roller. It depends on how much wallpaper you’re removing.Start at the top of the wall and work your way down. Let it set for a few minutes until the wallpaper darkens or starts to bubble. When that happens, use a wall scraper to tackle the wallpaper itself.Once you’ve removed all of the wallpaper, put on another coat of wallpaper stripper to remove the excess glue that’s on the walls. Finally, wipe the walls with a damp sponge and you’re done.You can always get more tips and suggestions on wallpaper strippers at your local Westlake Hardware. Just ask. We’re always here to help.

RELATED HELP CONTENT

Shopping List

  • Screwdriver
  • Drop Cloths
  • Wallpaper Piercing Tool
  • Wallpaper Stripper
  • Paint Roller With Paint Roller Cage
  • Paint Tray (For Wallpaper Stripper)
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Sprayer
  • Wall Scraper
  • Print This List

    What's on Sale

    What's on Sale

    Find out what's on sale at your local Westlake.

    See Ads & Specials »

    Panel of Pros

    Panel of Pros

    Get helpful advice and tips from our panel of pros.

    VIEW TIPS »