STEP 1: Spreading the floor tarps
Spread the tarps or sheets at the bottom of all the wallpapered walls.
STEP 2: Scoring the wallpaper
Run the Paper Tiger over the entire wall while keeping a moderate pressure. The little wheels with the spikes will make tiny
holes in the wallpaper which will allow the water solution to penetrate, thus softening the glue.
STEP 3: Getting your wallpaper removal liquid ready
Fill one of your buckets with about 2 gallons of warm water. Next, add about 1/3 cup of Downey Fabric Softener and stir.
Now dunk the spray bottle into the water bucket with the Downey until it is filled.
STEP 4: Spraying the wallpaper
Start spraying the wall with the spray bottle solution. Be careful not to get any on the ceiling as it can stain. Start with 3
wallpapered panels at first until you get the hang of it. The biggest secret with wallpaper removal is timing. You have to let
the solution work through the tiny holes in the wallpaper and start softening the glue. If you leave it on too long it will start to
dry out, especially in dry homes during the winter. If you don't leave it on long enough the glue will not soften up.
STEP 5: Letting the liquid solution work
Let the Downey and water mixture work on the wallpaper for roughly 10-15 minutes. In most cases that should be enough
time to soften up the glue.
Step 6: Removing the wallpaper
Take your 3" putty knife and gently flip up an edge of a wallpaper panel and start pulling. If you're lucky it could come off in an
entire sheet, or it may come off in small to large chunks; which is more likely the case.
Step 7: Continue spraying the next panels
By this step, you'll have a rough idea of how much work you are up against. Start spraying the next three panels and continue
as above. Section by section.
Step 7: Cleaning the residual glue left on the wall.
Have two buckets of warm water at the ready. Add the TSP to one bucket as per the instructions on the package. Fill the
other bucket with just clean warm water. Now with your sponge start washing the wall top to bottom. Once you have one
wall washed go back to the beginning of that wall and rinse with clean warm water from the other bucket.
Step 8: Checking the wall for residual glue
Check the washed wall you just finished to make sure that all the glue has been removed. If it still feels slippery you'll have to
rinse it again. Continue in this fashion around the room.
This final step will guarantee that any remaining glue that wasn't removed during the washing and rinsing steps is totally
sealed and will not react with your top coats of latex paint. As a professional painting contractor I always oil prime walls after
removing wallpaper. That way I can fully guarantee the quality of my work.
For those who like the store bought wallpaper stripper product specifically designed for the job, consider the DIF
Concentrate Liquid Wallpaper Stripper by Zinsser. DIF wallpaper stripper is a patented enzyme formula that removes paste,
when mixed with water. You can find DIF at any Home Depot, Lowes, Rona or other hardware stores.
A word of warning about DIF. If you get DIF on flat white ceilings you could stain them. So be careful.
Your will need
Downey Fabric Softener
3" putty knife
1 bucket of warm water
1 more bucket
1 empty spray bottle or a clean garden sprayer
Some tarps or old sheets (to cover your floors)
A PaperTiger (a wallpaper scoring tool, you can pick one up at your local paint store) don't use a utility knife.
TSP (a heavy duty cleaner and degreaser) to clean your walls of residual glue. Use rubber gloves