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Removing Different Types of Wallpaper

No homeowner looks forward to that day when the wallpaper has to come down for repapering or to be replaced with paint. Just as there are specific steps to follow when hanging wallpaper, not all wallpapers are removed the same way.



New wallpapers are usually dry-strippable, which can be removed easily with just a little help from a drywall knife. On the other hand, older wallpapers are not strippable and will need specific techniques in order to be peeled off from your wall. Whether your wallpaper is dry-strippable or not, and the type of wallpaper you have will affect how easy or difficult it will be to remove the wallpaper in your kitchen.




Solid sheet vinyl is dry-strippable so it can be peeled off easily; leaving the adhesive removable with soap and water or wallpaper remover. Depending on your wall, you may have to limit the amount of water or remover as excessive liquid can damage drywall. If your vinyl is not strippable, you will have to make an opening in your wallpaper for the water or the remover to get to the adhesive under the vinyl. After the adhesive is soaked and the wallpaper loosens, peel it away with a putty knife.




If you’re moving but you’ve fallen in love with your nonwoven wallpaper, you can take it down and bring it with you to your new home. Yep. That easy.This wallpaper is tear-resistant so the whole sheet comes off without the help of any tools and without tearing.




Grasscloth has been around since the 1970s so if you moved into a home with a kitchen covered with this wallpaper and you want to take it down, you’re in for a challenge. If the grasscloth has been hung recently and a primer was used, it can be peeled off but if it has been there for a long time, it will require a steam bath. Steaming the grasscloth can soften the deep and brittle adhesive so that the wallpaper can be peeled off.




Paper can tear easily during removal so it has to be handled gently unless you want to end up with tiny strips of paper. If the wallpaper is not strippable, soak it with a wallpaper remover or a mixture of hot water and fabric softener and then strip if off when it softens.


Removing wallpaper can be messy and challenging but following the right steps can help you get it easily done and ready to repaper or paint your fitted kitchen.