Back Button

How to Remove Wallpaper Border Without Hurting the Paint

Nicole Byerly

Applying a wallpaper border is a popular way to add decorative details to a space. A wallpaper border can easily tie together any theme in a room, which is great for the entire life of the theme. Unfortunately, a homeowner's interest in a specific theme for a room may wear off a long time before the border. Wall borders can easily be removed from a wall without damaging the paint below, allowing you to begin re-decorating the room in a short amount of time.

Kitchens are one of the most common rooms to display wallpaper borders.
  1. Apply heat to the border. Set the blow dryer on high and blow dry the border, holding the blow dryer 10 to 12 inches from the surface of the wallpaper border. This will melt the adhesive on the border for easy removal.

  2. Scrape the border. Use the plastic putty knife to scrape the border, lifting it from the wall. Begin at the seam of the border and work your way around the room, lifting off the border as you go. If the border tears during the process, apply additional heat before continue to scrape the border at the tear spot.

  3. Soak remaining wallpaper border. Apply the water and detergent mix to any remaining sections of wallpaper. Use the rag to soak the border until it becomes slightly transparent.

  4. Remove the remaining wallpaper border pieces. Use a sponge to scrub away remaining sections. Scrub in a circular motion to lift the corners and scrub away any remainder.

  5. Clean the wall. Dip the rag in the dish soap water and gently wash the wall. This cleaning process will remove any small pieces of border on the wall, leaving you a nice clean surface.