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Old 07-10-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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We would like to get our house ready to put it on the market in about 9 months- a year. We plan to use this time in between to update some things (yhe house is only 7 yrs old).

Today's project is removing UGLY wallpaper in the master bath. It's going pretty well, but we have a pretty large bath and wonder if there might be a way to epedite the removal process. Any advice? Thanks!


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Using one of those paper scorers (I think mine was called a paper tiger-round thing with blades) can help. I finally got the last of the wallpaper removed -5 rooms- from my house this winter and am so relieved! Some people have good luck with a steamer, but the one I rented from Home Depot leaked and I got steam burns, so it wasn't for me. The thing I found that worked the best was to use really hot water mixed with fabric softener and Dawn dishwashing liquid. You don't need a ton of either, but I put that on a rag, soaked an area and let it sit for a min or two and then used a plastic scraper (putty knife) to get under it and pull it off in sheets.
Unfortunately I didn't figure out my wonderful method until I was on room 5 of 5, but that's okay!
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i've had good luck with using a spray bottle of water and a putty knife. Spray an area, directly on the wallpaper, wait a couple of minutes and then start pulling the paper off. Use the putty knife to get underneath it. At the hardware store, there are commercial liquids you can buy, too. Good luck. I just did this a couple of weeks ago and had to sand several tiny spots of paper that just wouldn't come off and then it looked pretty good. Today we are finallly painting!!
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http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

My sis in law is always adding or removing wall paper and swears by this stuff....
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:30 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure we used what kitty suggested. I know we used a scorer and I'm pretty sure we used DIF spray. Worked awesome!


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Old 07-10-2010, 01:39 PM
 
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I've heard fabric softener works, but I've never tried it myself.
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DH is a handy man(literally) and occasionally has to remove some for his customers. He swears by the steamer method. He did not have much luck with the various solutions. It may be b/c they were usually homes were the paper had been up a while. Since your home is fairly new, the solutions may work. Definitely get a scoring tool though either way.
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Just saw it on HGTV
Old 07-10-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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Hot water and fabric softener in a spray bottle!!!
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