Wallpaper removal is a messy job!
A letter I received in my inbox this week sent me into hypermemory mode. For a few minutes, I relived the time when wallpaper was all the rage, when I decided to wallpaper our dining room in a lovely orange and yellow floral stripe.
Anyway, it took me all of one Saturday to get the job done, but I did it, and it looked fantastic. The next morning, I rushed in to admire my handiwork only to find every square inch of the lovely floral paper on the floor.
I raced to the home improvement store to get the strongest, most heavy-duty waterproof wallpaper paste I could find. I was determined to make that paper stick now and for all eternity. While I had no intention of ever removing it, I do feel bad for the people who bought the place. Orange and yellow floral stripes are not exactly a timeless decor look.
Dear Mary: Is there any easy and quick way to remove wallpaper and the paste from bathroom walls? — Mickey
Dear Mickey: The answer to your question depends on how the wallpaper was applied. If it was pre-pasted paper, it should come off quite easily. However, because bathrooms can get hot and humid, I’m going to guess that your wallpaper was applied with heavy-duty paste, which could present a big challenge.
You could try a strong solution of white vinegar and water (say, 2 cups of vinegar to a quart of hot water) in a spray bottle. Spray this on one small section of wallpaper at a time. It will soften most pastes, so you can scrape the paper and backing from the wall easily. Again, it depends on the type of glue that was used and how old the wallpaper is.