Guide to Removing Outdated Wallpaper

Real Estate Agent with Brasher Group LLC.

First time home owners are drawn to do-it-yourself projects. The cost effectiveness is often an attractive feature when purchasing your first home! Plus, you get to fix it up your own way in your own time. But renovating a home can be tricky. One example we see frequently when showing a house is outdated wallpaper. Sometimes this can discourage a buyer, as they cannot see the beauty behind the old and… unique wallpaper on the walls. But for those that take the chance, they are ready to remove the wallpaper and add their own touch. For anyone who has attempted this endeavor knows that many times, removing wallpaper can be extremely tedious and annoying. We have provided a simple list of steps to help you get started when remodeling your home!

Step 1: Gather your materials.

You will need:

  •           Wallpaper scraper
  •           Sponge
  •           Dif concentrate
  •           Trash bag

Step 2: Look for corners that are loose or pulled up.

Wallpaper is applied to the wall in sheets, therefore is easiest to remove in sheets. When wallpaper ages, the corners of each sheet are often lifted and loose. When you find these corners, pull upward slightly to remove as much as possible from the wall. DO NOT PULL! This can cause damage to your wall, and we do not want that!

Step 3: Apply the concentrate to the wallpaper.

The best way to go about the wallpaper removal is to start with the corners and work your way towards the center. Spray enough concentrate to the wall to dampen to paper, but not make it soggy. If needed, use the sponge to spread the concentrate across the paper.

Step 4: Wallpaper removal.

After letting the paper soak up the moisture for a few seconds, begin to lightly pull the paper away from the wall. It should come up easily. If not, use the wallpaper scraper to gently push a wedge between the wall and the paper. It is important to use caution during this process so that you do not damage the wall. Place all paper into the trash bag to keep cleanup easy.

Step 5: Remove excess paper.

     You may find that the whole sheet does not come off all at once. Little pieces may be left behind.      If so, spray the excess paper with the concentrate, let it absorb the moisture, and gently scrape it      off.

Now you have successfully removed your wallpaper! It wall may look a little raggedy afterwards, but nothing a fresh coat of paint can’t fix! For any questions about home renovation or if you are looking for a new home, contact the Brasher Group of Keller Williams at 318-598-9696 today or visit our website at!

Comments (2)

Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Turner Brasher You've just convinced me I'd be hiring someone!

Apr 24, 2017 11:02 PM
Turner Brasher


It seems so difficult! If you are willing to hire someone, I'd say go for it. But the time and work it takes can sometimes give a new home owner a good feeling that they did it themselves. I like to do my own renovations because it allows me to get it done the way I want it, and I also feel really good when it is all finished.

Apr 26, 2017 11:07 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Turner. This is a terrific post. I love wallpaper but don't have any in my newer old small home. 

Apr 25, 2017 06:53 AM

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