How to score wallpaper

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How to score wallpaper
Scoring wallpaper makes for easier removal. (wallpaper image by Svetlin Rusev from

When attempting to remove wallpaper from a wall, a good method involves scoring the wallpaper before steaming it or applying chemicals. What this entails is using a tool to poke numerous holes into the wallpaper. This allows the steam or chemicals to better penetrate the wallpaper to the adhesive.

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Things you need

  • Wallpaper scoring tool

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  1. 1

    Obtain a wallpaper scoring tool. These can be picked up at any hardware store, borrowed from a friend or found in your toolbox. Some popular brands are PaperTiger and Simple Strip.

  2. 2

    Press the tool firmly against the top of the wall and move it downward, maintaining pressure. If the tool doesn't penetrate the wallpaper, redo the action and press harder.

  3. 3

    Repeat step 2 for each section of the wall, until all of the wallpaper has been scored.

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