This 60 year old ranch has had wallpaper in the kitchen since the beginning of time. When I moved in I knew this was going to be a project. I was encouraged when the top layer came off easily, but the liner was glued on tight. After some trial and error, using steam and various toxic products, I would steam, scrape and peel, still leaving behind a sticky gluey mess. I decided to work with more natural products like baking soda & vinegar to get the paste off. It was very tedious and time consuming. This was going to be an extra tough job.
I had to find a better way...
This is a messy job. I found that old Amazon boxes worked better than ruining my drop cloths to absorb the water and paste and could be easily moved as I worked around the room. You have to be careful using steam as to avoid saturating the drywall too much.
Finally, I stumbled upon the tip of using FABRIC SOFTENER. Whaaaat? Certainly more pleasant than DEP or industrial chemicals. I put it in a spray bottle, steamed the area, squirted on the fabric softener, let it sit a while a then worked with the steamer and a wide putty knife to scrap the gooey paste off the wall. It worked like Magic!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO STRIP WALLPAPER
Cardboard floor protection
Fabric Softener in a spray bottle
Wide putty knife
Old rags or newspaper to clean the goo off of the putty knife
Scotchbright Scrubbing pad
TSP or Spic & Span (use rubber gloves)
A bucket or two
WASH BEFORE PAINTING
Once you have the glue scrapped off, you'll want to wash the walls with Spic and Span, TSP, or baking soda to get the residue off so the primer/paint will adhere. I used a blue scotch bright pad and gently scrubbed, and follow up with another spic and span wash with a clean cloth. I touch each area while it is still damp to see if its sticky and go over it again, until it is clean.
MORE TIPS To Make Wallpaper Removal Faster.
Work a small area at a time. The process will go much faster with 2 or 3 people. One to steam, one to scrape and one to freshen the buckets and provide refreshments.
Make sure the walls are completely dry before priming. I wait 48 hours.
Avoid plumbing problems, beware of dumping gluey water down the drain.
From start to finish, this small kitchen took well over 60 (wo)man hours, so plan accordingly.
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