Wallpaper Boarder Removal

Old 12-20-22, 09:37 AM
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Wallpaper Boarder Removal

Never have we lived in a house long enough that I've had to do much re-freshing but the boys are pretty much out of the house so this winter their bathrooms will be getting some attention.

Both have small boarders that need to be removed, the walls were painted, satin finish, before installing so should not be soaked into the drywall.

I see two options offered, steamer or scoring and soak, any recommendations?
Old 12-20-22, 11:43 AM
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It all depends on your wallpaper. Some borders come down pretty well by just pulling and it comes down easily. Then you just follow with a damp sponge to remove any remaining glue. Others you do have to perforate and wet or use steam and scrape.

Long ago I removed the border in a bathroom by the wife and I taking hot showers without the vent fan and leaving the bathroom door closed. By the time I got dressed and ready to work the wallpaper border came down pretty easily. I tried the same technique in another bathroom and it had almost no affect and I resorted to perforating and wetting. But, if you have a wallpaper steamer they are great.
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Like PD I've had some wallpaper and/or borders remove easily and others that you had to fight for every inch. I've never found steamers to be all that helpful. The main thing is getting moisture behind the paper to soften the adhesive. Scoring and wetting the paper has always been the most effective for me.

Prepasted paper is generally easier to remove compared to site applied adhesive.

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