To remove the paper, simply grab the lower corner of a strip and pull it away until both corners of the strip are free. Then hold the bottom edge with both hands and pull until the whole strip is off the wall.
Whether you opt to use the solvent or steaming removal method, first use a wallpaper-perforating tool such as a "Paper Tiger," (Image 1) which has rollers with small spikes that punch tiny holes in the paper .
Strip Off What You Can. If you can find loose edges—or start loose edges with a putty knife—strip away all the wallpaper you can. Family Handyman recommends this step: "The point is to remove the top layer of paper and leave the backing on the wall. That way, the backing will easily soak up water," making the next steps easier.
All you need to do is learn how to remove wallpaper and get ready to transform your entire space. Read on to find out what you need to do to strip your wall coverings without damaging your walls. How to Strip Wallpaper How to remove the old wallpaper so you can cover your wall with your choice of finish By painting contractor Rich O'Neil of This Old House magazine.