5 Easy Ways to Remove Wallpaper from Bathroom Walls

Do you still use a bathroom that has wallpaper that you simply cannot stand?

Or is the wallpaper so old, you can’t help but think of ripping it apart?

Well, we have the best solutions for you. It’s not only possible to get rid of the wallpaper without damaging your walls, but you can also do it on your own.    

By following our simple guide in this article, you can easily remove the wallpaper from your bathroom walls.

First and foremost, let’s take a look at everything that you need to know and do. Let’s dive right in!

Before Removing the Wallpaper, Determine the Type of Wall

Removing the wallpaper from your bathroom walls is not very complicated.

However, the way you should do it varies based on the type of wallpaper you have and also the kind of walls in your bathroom.

In some cases, you can also just paste a new wallpaper over your existing one. However, if you really want to redo your wall, then we have solutions for that as well.

Before we discuss the steps that go into removing wallpaper, it’s important to understand what kind of wallpaper and walls you have to begin with.

The type of wall will determine the right type of method for wallpaper removal. Here’s everything that you’ll need to know about the two main types of bathroom walls: 

Plaster Walls

Plaster walls are commonly found in old homes, usually built 50 or more years ago.

These walls have a wood lath nailed in them and have two to three plaster coats covering them.

Plaster walls are much more solid and don’t make a loud thud when knocking on them.

Drywalls

Drywalls are the creation of the past 50 years or so; all the houses built during this time mostly have drywalls in the bathrooms.

Drywalls are made of a sheet of chalk-like substance with a cover of lightweight cardboard.  

These walls usually sound hollow when knocked. They are also less hard than plaster walls and can be damaged by the use of any scraping tool. 

How to Prepare Your Walls for Removing Wallpaper?

Before you get to remove your bathroom wallpaper, you need to prepare the walls and the bathroom.

First, clear the walls by removing all the hangers, stands, decorative objects, etc.

Next, protect other furniture in the bathroom by covering it with a sheet or any other protective layer.

To protect your floor and baseboards from getting damaged from the scraps, cover them with old towels or stick tape over the baseboard.

After you have taken care of everything and prepared the wall, you can follow one of the following methods to remove the wallpapers depending on their type:

Removing Strippable Bathroom Wallpaper

The right method of removing your bathroom wallpaper depends on the type of wallpaper it is.

The latest wallpapers are mostly strippable, so it is easier to remove them. You dont need to use any chemicals or water to remove these kinds of wallpapers.  

If the wallpaper that you’re trying to remove was installed within the past few years, then it is highly likely to be strippable.

If you’re unsure, you can check the bottom edge of the wallpaper around the corners. Take a puffy knife and use it to pry the edges of the paper.

If it comes off easily, then keep on pulling it. This means the wallpaper is strippable, and you can remove it with your bare hands.

Hold the edge of the paper on the wall and pull it out until it is completely stripped away. Repeat this process for each wall. Easy, right?  

Removing the Wallpaper with Water

This method requires you to get a liquid stripper concentrate; mix the liquid with hot water as per the instructions of the manufacturer.

Use a sprayer or a brush to apply this mixture on all the walls with the wallpaper that you want to remove.

Make sure you work your way from top to bottom. Allow the paper to soak in the mixture for a few minutes, and then use a scraper to strip it away.

Do one section of the wall at a time so that the paper doesn’t dry out before you have the chance to remove it. 

Removing Peelable Wallpaper

The newer wallpapers are also peelable, so they don’t require a lot of effort to be removed.

If your bathroom is relatively new, it means it might have peelable wallpaper. It works similarly to the strippable wallpaper.

First, you need to peel off the vinyl coat. Then, you’ll have to use water to remove the backing that is left of the wallpaper.

Make sure you get rid of the backing even if it seems like it’s in good condition.

Removing Washable Wallpaper

Washable wallapapers are harder to remove because they are completely merged with the wall.

First, you’ll have to penetrate the plastic film that’s protecting the paper. To let the water soak in, consider creating holes on the paper.

Then spray the water into the holes. Make sure you add as much water as possible and let it sit for up to 10 minutes.

Finally, use a putty knife to scrape the wall paper off.

Removing Wallpaper with Steam

If your wallpaper is an old stubborn affair, then you’ll have to use a tougher method to remove it.

Although we only recommend it as a last resort, you can use a steamer to strip the wallpaper off your walls.

This method is a little hectic, and you might need the help of one another person.

Let the streamer’s boiling water soften the bond of the wallpaper and the wall.

If the stream doesn’t reach the glue between the paper and the wall, then you’ll have to make punch holes in the wallpaper.

Make sure you properly follow the manufacturer’s instructions when operating the streamer and keep the power off.

Final Thoughts

Removing wallpaper from bathroom walls doesn’t have to be complicated.

If you follow our instructions for each method, you can easily get rid of your old wallpaper

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