Home Remedies for Removing Wallpaper Borders

Wallpaper borders can be an ideal way to add color to and enhance a room. Unfortunately, wallpaper borders can become outdated or begin to peel away from the wall over time. When the time comes for you to remove the wallpaper border, you may be tempted to hire a professional painter to do the job for you. However, with a little research and a lot of elbow grease, you can use home remedies to remove a wallpaper border for a fraction of the cost.

Use a Hair Dryer

Use home remedies to remove a wallpaper border.
Use a hair dryer.

Use a hairdryer to remove the wallpaper border. Heat the entire length of the border with the hairdryer for several minutes. This should loosen the adhesive underneath the wallpaper border enough so that you can peel it away from the wall. Have another person hold the wallpaper border straight as you peel it away to make the removal process faster and easier.

Use Fabric Softener

Spray fabric softener onto the wallpaper border.

Many commercial wallpaper strippers contain harmful chemicals, causing you to inhale toxic fumes as you spray them onto the wall. Instead, make your own homemade solution out of fabric softener and water. Mix one cap full of fabric softener with one quart of water. Pour the solution into an empty spray bottle and spray it directly onto the wallpaper border. Let the solution soak into the border for several minutes before attempting to peel the wallpaper away from the wall. If some of the wallpaper remains on the wall, dip a sponge into pure fabric softener and scrub it into the wallpaper border. This should loosen whatever stubborn wallpaper border is still there. Use a scraping knife in an upwards motion to remove any residual glue.

Use Vinegar

Try a vinegar solution.

If you do not have any fabric softener on hand, use vinegar instead. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water into a bowl, and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray the solution over the wallpaper border and allow it to soak in. If the wallpaper adhesive is particularly strong, use more vinegar. Again try a scraping knife to loosen tough adhesive spots. Be sure to wash down the empty wall with soap and water afterward to reduce the strong vinegar smell.

About the Author

Angela James graduated in 2000 with a degree in Political Science and Economics. Afterwards James worked as an Executive Assistant at a local bank where she was a writer and co-editor of the company employee newsletter. In 2003, she left the bank after the birth of her first child and became a freelance writer in 2008.

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