Step 1: Prep the Walls

removing wallpaper with a wallpaper scoring tool
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Shut off the room's power at the circuit breaker. Remove all receptacle and switch plates on the wall, and cover the openings with 2-inch painter's tape. Tape a plastic sheet to the top edge of the baseboards to protect the trim and floor. Roll a scoring tool over the paper in overlapping circles, making tiny cuts for the adhesive remover to penetrate. Aim for 10 perforations per square inch.
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    Tools List

    • flathead screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • Wallpaper scoring tool
      Wallpaper scoring tool
    • backpack pump sprayer
      Pump sprayer
    • Fine Brush
      Wallpaper brush
    • plastic putty knife
      Metal or plastic putty knife
    • small plastic bucket
      5-gallon bucket
    • long-handled sponge applicator
      Sponge mop
    • spray bottle
      Hand sprayer
    • grout sponge
      Sponge
    • sandpaper
      sandpaper (to dull the corners of the putty knife)

    Shopping List

    1. Plastic sheeting

    2. 2-inch painter's tape

    3. Enzyme-based wallpaper-adhesive remover4. 10-percent solution of povidone-iodine

    5. denatured alcohol