Top Tips for Removing Wallpaper

If you’ve got a decorating project on the go, you might need to remove some old wallpaper first. Unfortunately, this isn’t the most pleasant of tasks; it can be quite messy and time-consuming but certainly worth it in the long run. Follow these top tips to find out how to successfully get rid of your outdated wallpaper without causing any damage to the walls beneath.


It’s very important that you protect your floors and furniture with dust sheets before you start so that you don’t ruin them. Dust sheets are an absolute must fir any decorating project. You might even want to move some furniture out of the room and store it elsewhere, just to be extra careful.


It’s worth testing a little area of the wallpaper to see if it’s easy to remove. Use the sponge to dampen a small section and with a scraper you can start removing the paper. Testing will give you a clue as to how long the task is going to take. Hopefully you’ll get lucky and there won’t be many layers. Some wallpaper will come of in strips, which would also be handy for you.

Be Careful

Be sure to consider all of the power sources in the room when using your damp sponge. You don’t want water running down into the sockets as this can be extremely dangerous.
What’s more, when you’re scraping the wallpaper, you’ll have to be careful not to dig into the wall underneath with your tools. It’s also vital that you remove absolutely all of the paper and paste so that the walls are nice and smooth for the new paint. If you’re not careful and thorough, your new paint will flake and crack and it won’t look nice at all.
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  1. February 24, 2019 / 6:50 am

    I’ve always been curious about how people remove wallpapers without damaging the wall. YES on having any protection so you don’t cause a bigger mess. Thanks for sharing these tips :).

    Nancy ♥

    • February 24, 2019 / 9:47 pm

      Ripping the hideous wallpaper off the walls of our house was the first thing we did after receiving the keys to our house! 😂

      Definitely some good advice for renoving wallpaper for first time buyers 😁

      Izzy xx

  2. February 24, 2019 / 8:33 pm

    These tips are so helpful! I have memories of helping redecorate when I was younger and helping remove old wallpaper it seems to take forever. It’s so satisfying when you can peel one of the strips off almost whole though haha!

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

  3. February 25, 2019 / 3:16 am

    I have never had to remove wallpaper before. You brought up some good points. Thanks for sharing

  4. February 25, 2019 / 5:51 pm

    Great tips! I know I had a horrible time removing the wallpaper in my mom’s bathroom. I went and bought a wallpaper stripper from Home Depot and it was the best money that I ever spent. I sprayed it all over, let it sit for a few minutes, and it worked like magic! The wallpaper came right off with barely any force on the scraper!

    💗 Alexx | Aesthetics by Alexx

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