- Steamer- I highly recommend the Wagner 905, it works like a charm
- Score Tool
- Putty Knife (Scraper)
Step 1: Score the wall- in order to make it easier for the steam to penetrate the wallpaper, it is necessary to gently score the wall using a score tool. This essentially makes little tiny holes in the paper, allowing the steam to penetrate and soften the glue.
Step 2: Hold the steamer over a section of paper you wish to remove, hold for 20-30 seconds and then slide it along the wall.
Step 3: Using the putty knife gently scrape away the offending wallpaper.
Step 4: Repeat until all the paper is gone!
If you don't have access to a steamer, you can fill a squirt bottle with a 50/50 mix of Vinegar and hot water. Score the wall, spray liberally and wait 10-15 minutes. Unfortunately, this method takes twice as long and requires repeated applications.
Step 5: Wash remaining glue residue off the walls. I recommend hot water with a dab of dawn dish soap, it works great. If you've used a steamer, most of the residue is already gone.
Step 6: Apply Drywall Mud (joint compound) to any knicks or gouges to fill the holes and make the surface
Step 7: Paint!