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Thread: Not a Recipe --- BUT HOW TO REMOVE WALLPAPER

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    Not a Recipe --- BUT HOW TO REMOVE WALLPAPER

    I thought this would be a handy hint for all those handymen type people
    My neighbour & I painted some of her rooms last year & we were given this handy hint on how to remove wallpaper
    We used a spray bottle, filled it with hot water & added about 1/2 cup Bleach to about 1/4 gallon Squirt it onto the wallpaper leave for 5-10 minutes & the glue melts allowing you to peel away the paper

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    thank you come spring will be trying that. we have the vinyle (sp) wallpaper i think is as old as the house and are having a hard time getting it off

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    I would be a little concerned about fumes with bleach, have you ever tried scoring the paper with that round tool called a paper tiger, then spraying with a mixture of vinegar and water? Works like a charm. As its said...more than one way to skin a cat.
    The house we bought 24 years ago had wallpaper on every wall, since they were the first owners all of the paper was put on top of one coat of builders grade paint....what a pain!

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    Also if you fill the bottle up with 3/4 fabric softner - cheap brand and the rest water it, spray it on wait about 5 mins it peels right off and your house smells great!
    Pam Riggs

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    Great Ideas Will try both. Thanks for the info.

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    I used the paper tiger and white vinegar to remove about 14 layers of wallpaper from the walls in my closet. Talk about a time warp! I sprayed on straight vinegar because there were so many layers. Worked great! One warning about using the white vinegar - the longer I used it the more I wanted pickles! Make sure you have a least one jar of pickles in the house before you start the spraying.
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    Thanks for the tips girls, I have some wallpapered border in one of my bathrooms that I need to remove.
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    Thanks for the tips. I need to strip wall paper in the house I bought.

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    Take it from one who knows............... the hard way................. go to Lowes, Home Depot, or any hardware store and get TSP. Mix it up according to either directions or the advice in the store.

    What a horror story I lived trying to get paper off a wall that was never prepped, never painted. TSP SAVED ME. TSP stands for trisodium phosphate. It is actually an industrial cleaner (and also a food additive) and it cuts through grease and grim like crazy. I swear by this stuff and have also used it to "degloss" painted areas and then don't have to sand. Anyway,............ back to the wallpaper story............

    Use the diluted TSP powder double strength and soak the paper with a sponge or use a spray bottle. Just please remember to wear gloves and make certain that it doesn't get in the eyes. This is serious stuff.
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    I will be trying this really soon. Thanks for the tip, I'm wanting to remove wallpaper from a very large bathroom and hoping it will not take me too long to do it. Sound like this could really help.

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    Hi Karen, I a TSP fan also. Use it in the dishwasher and laundry for better cleaning. Could you give me ratios for using it to remove wall paper. I'm up against a tough job soon. Thanks so much. Beth

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    I am one who goes "belly up " in any sort of fumes but the bleach one is so diluted it didn't affect me at all
    I hadn't thought if the vinegar though ---- Good one !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saveaquilt View Post
    Hi Karen, I a TSP fan also. Use it in the dishwasher and laundry for better cleaning. Could you give me ratios for using it to remove wall paper. I'm up against a tough job soon. Thanks so much. Beth
    I couldn't remember, but I asked DH. He said, "double whatever it says on the box". We used a spray bottle and really drenched the paper and let it set till it was good and soaked in. The paper peeled off with the scraper like a banana peeling. But WHAT A MESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yuck. I don't like that job but it sure looks good when the project is all finished and purty..
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    I like Pam Riggs idea using fabric softner. I have some more walls that need stripped, as soon as I get inspired to do something with them. I sponged painted in the living room, now to start on the other rooms. The wallpapers are about 20 years old.
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    We have always used fabric softener mixed in water and that works great......smells great too!!
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    Angry Wall paper removing fun............ NOT!!!

    The fabric softener spray and paper tiger teeth worked best for me. The paper was put on the walls of the house when new and with no sizing or paint prep under it. It was a mess to remove, then to fill in the little gouges, then prime, then paint and finally new paper. But very nice when completed. I was told by experts not to paper over the old. Next time I will and save myself much time and effort. Hope all your attempts are much easier than mine were.

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    thanks for the tip. Never know when it might come in handy. My sister is buying a house and we plan on remodeling. Knowing this will come in handy!
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