Re: Removing Wallpaper with Vinegar?
Vinegar isn't going to do anything but smell up the room your working in. If you've got the time to wait for an hour or two for the solution to soak into the paper, plain old water will do just fine.
A little wallpaper 101 for you:
Wallpaper paste is water soluble, so all you have to do is get moisture to the back side of the paper and it will magically fall off the wall, ok, maybe not magically, but it will come off with ease. Wallpaper removers are surfactants, they break the surface tension of the water so that it will soak through the pores of the paper surface more quickly and easily. Do you have to buy wallpaper remover solution? No, you can just as easily use a 1/4 cup of fabric softener in warm water.
You will want to protect your floors with heavy plastic to capture any water runoff and soggy wallpaper. Taping the plastic to the baseboard would be a good idea. I like to apply the solution with a garden sprayer and tile sponge, the sprayer will cover larger areas more quickly and easily, while the sponge kind of holds/smears the solution across the paper and into the pores of the paper.
Using a drywall knife or wallpaper scra-per, start working the paper loose. If you can peel the top layer off this will aid getting the water solution to soak into the backing and loosen the glue. You'll find this particularly helpful if you're pulling a foil or vinyl faced paper.
DO NOT dig at the paper, keep it wet, work slowly and carefully so as to do as little damage to the wall surface behind. If you're working over drywall, you will definitely have some wall repairs to do once you finish removing the wallpaper. If you're working over plaster, then less likely/severe damage will occure, not that you shouldn't still be careful.
Once all the wallpaper is off, wipe the entire wall down with clean rinse water until you get all of the wallpaper glue off the wall. Work carefully around any drywall damage, so as not to make it any worse as you are cleaning. With the cleaning done, repairs can be made, then I'd recommend two coats of primer and two coats of paint.
Last edited by A. Spruce; 11-09-2013 at 05:02 PM.
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