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  2. Hello,

    Where else would I turn for help but here with you?
    I have wallpaper that had been up for about 10 years. It's ugly and outdated. What is the best method to remove it? It was put up with some sort of paste.

    Thanks, Shygirl

    P.S. I have a quote from the final episode of the Mary Tyler Moore show. It is how I feel about you. It was Lou Grant saying it to Mary, Ted, Murry, Georgette, Sueanne Nivens....."I treasure you people."

    P.P.S. Can you tell how I am feeling I am very emotional today and sappy.....Hahahahahah

    Here is a sample of my new wallpaper that we are going to hang.
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  4. by   LasVegasRN
    Ooooh, I like! Don't have any suggestions on removing, though.
    Emotional and sappy is good, feel free to sap, any time.
    Hmmm.... I've heard of steaming it off, or just plain old scraping/peeling it off. Other than that, I'm clueless about wall paper.

    I liek the new stuff you're putting up! Is it textured?

  6. by   Mkue
    hi shygirl,

    i remember removing old wallpaper one time, we used a mixture of vineger and water in a spray bottle, warm water i think, spray it on the wallpaper, wait a little bit and it should start to remove the wallpaper. but of course you still have to tear it off and it's nice when it comes off in bigger sections.

    good luck and your wallpaper choice is really pretty !
  7. by   shannonRN
    definately not a home improvement person suggestion is you find a neighbor and do trading spaces...then i can come over, sit in your driveway and watch ty build all your bookshelves!!!

    now on a serious note, couldn't you go to a home improvement store and ask them? i know that i always see a commercial about how willing they are to help with home improvement projects. can't remember if it was home depot or lowes tho. good luck!
  8. by   BrandyBSN
    i stripped one of my rooms a while ago. Hot water mixed with Downy fabric softner stuff, about 1 part downy to 3 parts water. sponge it on until your wallpaper gets warm and mushy. It will peel off pretty easy, and it smells better than vinegar

  9. by   live4today
    Long time ago, my ex and I removed mounds of wallpaper off the walls of our first home. We purchased a special solution from a wallpaper store to do it, and the stuff worked great...the wallpaper just rolled off in sheets, and didn't leave much staining behind on the walls, either. Sorry I can't recall the name of the solution as that was over 26 years ago. Happy wallpapering, shygirl! :kiss
  10. by   ptnurse
    Go to the paint section in Walmart. Get a round thing called a tiger claw and a bottle of Dif wallpaper stripper. You run the tiger claw over the wallpaper you want to remove. It tears little holes in the paper. The more holes you put in it the easier it comes down. Give the claw to the kids, they will love doing this part. Then put the Dif in a spray bottle or I have heard of people putting it on the paper with a paint roller. The Dif soaks through the holes made by the tiger claw and breaks down the glue on the wallpaper. Then you just peel it off. Some scraping will be needed. Don't want to leave you with the idea that it will just fall off by itself. Clean the wall well after the original paper is down. If you leave the residue frome the Dif on the wall it may affect the glue on the new paper. Good luck.
  11. by   Lausana
    I just took a border down last week...used bleach water to moisten it up & it peeled right off, no harm to my walls...although it hadn't been up 10 yrs only about a yr-don't know if that makes a difference? Good Luck, the new stuff looks really neat

    ps. I love to watch those steamers on Trading Spaces, but it seems to take forever!
  12. by   Dplear
    I just removed a lot of old wallpaper and using a tigerclaw...also called monkey paw in some places and rent a decent wall paper steamer in a place like Home Depot or Lowes. It will save you time money and hassles. To get the best results you need to steam the paper. it comes off easier and with less mess genetrally. as for residue sometimes you need to sand it off. Hard work but well worth it in the endun.

    (who is in the middle of tiling his kitchen floors with ceramic tiles and putting in a stamped tin cieling in his kitchen)
  13. by   adrienurse
    I've heard that liquid fabric softener works well. Never tried it though.
  14. by   shygirl
    Thanks everyone. Yes the wall paper is textured. The pic really doesn't do it justice. The downy works nice!

    A stamped tin ceiling Hmmmm? Sounds nice,
  15. by   moonchild20002000

    I use a paint roller and hot water.I roll the water on the wall,wait a while and scrape off. The claw sounds like a good idea though.

    I like your new wallpaper!