How to remove wallpaper without using chemicals

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Some people like wallpaper. It can really change the look of a room. I’m not a big fan of wallpaper, and I prefer a freshly painted room. So if you’re like me and you have a wallpapered room that you would like to change but you just keep putting it off, here is a step by step method.

I’m not an expert or even a professional. I’m just going to tell you what I have learned from my own experience, and the easiest way to remove wallpaper without chemicals, and causing damage to the walls. Following are the simple tools that you will need:

  1. A stiff putty knife 2 ½ or 3 inches wide. (not too sharp)
  2. A spray bottle with hot water in it
  3. Some sponges
  4. Sandpaper (120 grit should do)
  5. Rubber gloves

We bought a house some years ago and every room in the house was wallpapered. My wife and I decided it needed to be changed and we got to work.

The thing you need to know is that removing wallpaper is very messy, but it doesn’t have to be difficult and stressful. If you take your time I’m sure you’re going to enjoy the results.

You will want to cover the floors with drop clothes. I recommend using the disposal paper drop cloths as you can roll them up and throw them away. I never use plastic drop cloths as they can be slippery and cause a fall.

I have removed wallpaper more than once so I’m going to tell you what not to do.

  • Do not use one of those wallpaper scoring tools. I’m talking from experience here I used one these and really ruined my wall. I had to skim coat the whole wall with dry wall compound.
  • There is no need to use chemicals
  • Avoid using a sharp razor knife

Okay, here is what you want to do – the short video below will take you through the steps. I wish I would have had these instructions years ago because this guy nails it. I had to learn this for myself the hard way.

  1. Spray the wall with hot water a section at a time.
  2. Look for a seam and begin to pull off the wallpaper. If the backing remains on the wall that is okay, you’ll just repeat the process.
  3. Use the putty knife to remove any remaining pieces that didn’t peel off.
  4. Sponge the wall to remove the glue left behind.
  5. After the wall had dried you may need to lightly sand.

Now you’ll want to patch any cracks or holes in the wall, and paint first with a good primer before painting with your finish color.

This video will show you how easy it really is, as I said this guy nails it.


I like to write about things that I know about. My passion for a good cigar, our family recipes, television, movie reviews, travel, and product reviews. The products I review are goods that I own and have used. I’m a Industrial Engineer working in the automotive business. When I’m not working or writing I spend as much time with my beautiful grandchildren as I can, Bobby, Tyler, and Giada. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy 🙂


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