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Old 11-21-2004, 05:18 PM   #1
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Wallpaper fiasco!

So when we moved into this lovely house, the kitchen has on one wall green and white striped wallpaper...the stripes are an inch apart. When walking past it you actually get dizzy from it. OH it is SO going!

Today I thought I was brave and started peeling it off...in some placees it's the drywall in others its primed....so HOW on earth do I get the stuff off.....Does vinegar work wonders in this case.....PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

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Old 11-21-2004, 05:38 PM   #2
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tancowgirl, I never heard of vinegar removing wallpaper. It can be complicated. There are special machines, similar to a steam iron theory, that you rent and hold on the paper and steam and then pull or scrape it offf, then there is the old wet sponge thing, either way messy. Good luck. Do you have a Home Depot in CAnada or somthing similar?
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We hace a Hoem Depot, but I'm cheap....the thing with the vinegar is that it is supposed to remove the glue, ,and the sponge theory is for the paper....wet .....ah who knows....thanks for the thought
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Old 11-21-2004, 05:41 PM   #4
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We hace a Hoem Depot, but I'm cheap....the thing with the vinegar is that it is supposed to remove the glue, ,and the sponge theory is for the paper....wet .....ah who knows....thanks for the thought
You are right, try it, vinegar is rather cheap, and a better word would be frugal. Cheap is when someone fumbles for his wallet and money when the check arrives, frugal is someone like us who loves bargains so our other money can be spent on more fun things...
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Old 11-21-2004, 05:42 PM   #5
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No help here. All I know about wallpaper is what I've seen on TV. They say you should get a spray bottle full of water and wet the wall down, use a scraper thing you can get at one of the hardware stores to score the paper, and that should help it come off easier.
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Old 11-21-2004, 05:56 PM   #6
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When I took wallpaper off unexpectedly I used a mop and hot water with Dawn dishsoap (it has to be Dawn). I pulled the outer wallpaper off and this is how I got the backing off. Just wipe a section at a time from top to bottom with HOT slightly sudsy water (I actually just used hot water but a good friend said the Dawn works wonders but then you have to rinse it - I didn't have to rinse mine). Gently use a scraper. I swear I don't think we had one and we used a pancake turner :oops: But don't ding your sheetrock - if you do it's easy to fix with spackle though.

So, that is my recommendation. The floor will get kind of messy so you may have to put down towels and move them around the room as you wipe the walls down.
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Old 11-21-2004, 05:59 PM   #7
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Hey Tanis, score the paper with steel wool, then just spray hot water on the section you are peeling. Use a flat bladed scraper thingy and it should come off no problem. If you have trouble, you can go buy some stuff that sort of bubbles it all off. It smells HORRIBLE, but it will do the deed. Try steel wool first. I just did my dining room. It took no time at all that way. Good luck girl!
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Old 11-21-2004, 06:33 PM   #8
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I've also employed Elf's method successfully. There's just something special about Dawn, but the water must be HOT!

Here's another thought for you, tanis. Around these parts, people are paid huge sums of money to do interior decorating and some of the most beautiful Tuscan-style kitchens I've ever seen had their original wall paper torn off in spurts, leaving a lot of ragged mess on the walls. The decorators love texture! For them, it's either leave half of the wall paper in irregular ragged splotches, or retouch the walls with spackling compound to try and recreate it. Beautiful finishes with tea stains...
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How are you doing with the wallpaper (soon to be) Birthday Girl?
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Old 11-21-2004, 06:55 PM   #10
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If it doesn't peel off, you need to get it off with water in the form of liquid or steam. Thing is, the water needs to get to the paste. So, you need to purchase this little hand tool that has three spikey wheels. You run it all over the wallpaper and it punches numerous holes in the paper. The holes let the water get in under the paper.

Skipping this step is a big mistake, especially if you're dealing with vinyl wall covering.
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