All right, getting the wallpaper off of your wall to enable you to paint your walls is a tough job. However, getting the wallpaper paste or adhesive off your wall is an even tougher task to accomplish. Wallpaper adhesive can be quite stubborn especially if you don’t know how to remove it. On the other hand, you can really paint the walls fresh without first removing the paste on it. So, in these tough times, here are some pointers on how to remove wallpaper paste off your walls.
Protect your floors. Before proceeding with the task of getting the stubborn wallpaper paste off your wall, you must first make the necessary precautions so that any accidental spill or splatter will not find its way on your beautiful floors. Place a drop cloth on the floor near the wall. Make sure it completely covers the immediate area of the floor near the wall. You may want to apply painter’s tape on the edges and baseboard as well.
Create an adhesive removing solution. You don’t really need to go out and purchase a commercial solution to remove the paste since you probably have the primary ingredient at home. Vinegar is the main ingredient and you will need to saturate it in water to form a dependable and potent cleaning solution. The acidity of vinegar can counteract the adherence of any adhesive. Prepare a solution of 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar in a bucket. You will need a sponge or SOS pad with you as well.
Apply the solution. Soak the sponge in the cleaning solution you made and apply generous amounts of it onto the wall. Concentrate on areas where paste is found the most. Rub and wipe off the paste vigorously. If need be, use a SOS pad soaked in the solution to agitate the adhesive. As you scrub and wipe, you will notice that the sponge or SOS pad will become rather sticky. If this happens, wash the sponge with the solution to remove the adhesive build up on it. Keep repeating the process until your wall is clean and clear. If there are small patches of wallpaper left clinging onto the walls, scrub this off with the sponge soaked in the solution as well. The liquid will eventually seep in and disengage its adhesive quality. Make sure to place each wallpaper patch you remove on the drop cloth and not on the floor.
Clean the wall. Once your wall has become paste-free, wipe it down with a dry cloth to remove any excess solution on the wall. When that is done, wash the wall with warm water to clean it. Use a fresh sponge for this. This last process will ensure that all the paste, if any, still clinging on to dear life will be removed.
Bleach can be a substitute for vinegar if you feel that the smell is too much to bear. If these fail, you can always visit your local hardware store to find a commercial cleaner that you can use instead.