Best Way To Remove Wallpaper Paste

To remove wallpaper paste, especially from decades-old wallpaper, you need the right tools and products. While many people fear this tough task, it is possible for wallpaper and stubborn wallpaper paste to come off with no damage to the wall. These household items can help you get the job done.

Dishwashing Liquid
Using a sponge and a bucket of hot water with one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, soak the glue left over from the wallpaper. Use a scrubbing sponge, such as those used to clean dishes. The dish soap and water will loosen the glue, allowing the scrubbing action of the sponge to pick it up. Keep the water hot, and replace as necessary. Rinse the sponge out as needed in a different bucket of clean water. Once the glue is gone, wipe down the walls with a rag and clean cloth to remove any soapy residue.

Vinegar
Make a mixture of one part vinegar to two parts water, and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the dried-on adhesive thoroughly, and let it sit for at least five minutes. Scrub the adhesive with a sponge. For extra stubborn spots, spray and scrub again. When all of the adhesive is removed, wipe down the walls with a clean damp rag.

Fabric Softener
In a spray bottle, mix three tablespoons liquid fabric softener with water. Spray the adhesive liberally, and allow it to sit for five minutes. Use a stiff scrub brush, sponge or paint scraper to peel off the adhesive. Clean the area with mild soap and water after all the glue is removed.

Tri Sodium Phosphate
When home remedies just won't do the trick, bring in some heavy-duty help. Purchase tri sodium phosphate (TSP) from the hardware store, and round up heavy rubber gloves, a sponge and a bucket of warm water. Combine the TSP with water according to package directions, and then use the sponge to soak the glue. As you scrub, the glue will loosen and wash off. Use a second bucket of clean water to rinse out the sponge continuously.

Whether you are attempting full home renovations or just a little redecorating, changing your wallpaper can transform a room. Once you get rid of that old wallpaper, you can treat the walls like a blank canvas.

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