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Old 10-09-2021, 03:56 PM
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The demon border is finally gone, but it did not go gently into the night! I bought some commercial spray that was recommended online, but every inch of the backing had to be scraped off. Every. Single. Piece. So many tiny little wet pieces of paper all over my nice clean bathroom. My arms and neck are so tired!! We have border in another larger bath and an upstairs bedroom. I have already given DH notice that when the time comes to update those rooms that there are two options: 1. Hire someone to do it. 2. Burn down the house. (I might consider purchasing a steamer before option #2, but it would have to work like magic!!)


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Old 10-09-2021, 04:08 PM
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The steamer really helps. My husband battled with some border when we moved into our house. He tried the spray around the window and was like yours. Got a steamer and the border around the ceiling came off sooooo much easier.

I found it also depends what the border/wallpaper is put up on. The border on wallpaper was easy. The wallpaper that was put up directly on the drywall, was a ##### to remove. My husband learned how to skimcoat and almost called someone else to do it halfway through.
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Old 10-09-2021, 04:10 PM
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You will be greatly relieved by the steamer
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You may not need to buy a steamer
Old 10-09-2021, 04:57 PM
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Our local rental mart has a steamer available to rent. If you get it on a Saturday you get it for two days, but only pay for one. They are closed on Sunday’s. Not a great way to spend a weekend, but it’s time/money well spent!
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Old 10-09-2021, 05:15 PM
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Ooooo! Pick me!! I’ll come take it down! I enjoy doing it. I took it all down in my last house. It’s super therapeutic!

What helped:
1. Score the wallpaper
2. Use the spray liberally
3. Steam

I would wait until a giant bubble would form and it would come off like butter.


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Old 10-09-2021, 07:52 PM
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Sending you all of my empathy—when we bought our house it was covered in wallpaper from the sixties. Including the ceiling in the bathroom. My neck hurt for a week; I hope Advil and a warm compress are in your future!
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Old 10-09-2021, 08:13 PM
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We bought a house one time that had paint over textured wallpaper! What a nightmare that was!!!! Hours, and hours, and hours of work!!
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We’re remodeling our bathroom too.
Old 10-09-2021, 08:20 PM
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When they took the old medicine cabinet down, there was wallpaper behind it. DH used some spray that’s been in our utility room since I removed wallpaper in the 90s. It came right off.
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