Fixing Frustration: Wallpaper Removal

Removing Old Wallpaper

Well here’s a challenging one for our Fixing Frustration series – getting rid of old wallpaper. This tacky stuff can be a nightmare to remove, with many people hiring professionals, renting steam cleaning equipment, or just painting over the stuff.

Thankfully, there’s a pretty cheap solution to this problem: fabric softener. This great video from dummies.com shows DIYers how to use a very basic solution of fabric softener and water and a small set of tools to cleanly strip away old wallpaper.

Of course, multiple wallpaper removal methods exist, and you should read about them here to make sure you’re picking the best one for your home.  You should also check out this article on hgtv.com from a professional wallpaper contractor and what he has learned over the years – it’s always good to hear from an expert.

Whatever method you end up picking, I hope this info helps you out and makes things easier for you. Good luck!

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