Easily Remove Wallpaper With Vinegar And Hot Water

Easily Remove Wallpaper With Vinegar And Hot Water

If you’ve ever had to remove stubborn wallpaper, you know how frustrating and time-consuming that can be. Apartment Therapy offers a simple solution that can keep you from tearing your hair out while you’re trying to tear the wallpaper off.

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Combine (magical) vinegar with boiling water, spray on and let sit for a few minutes, then scrape the paper off with your putty knife. (She also scored the wallpaper first.)

Apparently the hot water loosens the wallpaper glue, while the vinegar helps dissolve it.

Easy & All Natural Wallpaper Removal Tip [Apartment Therapy]


  • After just spending 3 days removing very old wallpaper, and also trying all the methods I could find – I can say that the above method works great for fairly recent wallpaper.

    If it is the old type, then you need to buy a Paper Tiger perforator and use the chemical peelers – three coats apart, takes hours.

    First step of wallpaper removal – NEVER PUT IT ON IN THE FIRST PLACE!!

    • Is wallpaper used that much in Australia? I don’t think I’ve seen it in use anywhere since I came here 10 years ago. I can only think of two places that even sell it. Shame really as you can get some very attractive papers (though the ones I’ve seen for sale here tend to be on the hideous end of the scale).

      Back in the UK we used a steam stripper when repapering our flat – worked perfectly, but not something I’d want to use in an Australian summer! As a student I had a summer job stripping wallpaper in a 200 year old building (thankfully the paper wasn’t that old) and we used massive gas powered industrial steam strippers. They worked really well, but we were practically working in a sauna the whole time.

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