How to Remove Wallpaper Border Adhesive

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How to Remove Wallpaper Border Adhesive
Remove wallpaper border adhesive with baking soda. (roses_wallpaper image by sanyal from

Wallpaper border normally runs along the top area of walls next to the ceiling, but can also run in the middle of a wall. After removing a wallpaper border, the adhesive may remain on the wall. The glue can appear crusty and hard and require a solvent to soften it for easy removal. Without softening the glue, you could damage the drywall when trying to chisel the hard adhesive.

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Cloth

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  1. 1

    Fill a spray bottle with hot water. Add 1 tbsp baking soda to the water. Screw on the top and shake the bottle to disburse the baking soda.

  2. 2

    Spray the baking soda solution generously over the wallpaper border adhesive. Allow the mixture to remain on the adhesive for 15 minutes to loosen the glue.

  3. 3

    Wipe the glue from the wall with a damp sponge. If the adhesive remains on the wall, reapply the baking soda solution and wait 20 minutes.

  4. 4

    Rinse the sponge in a bucket of warm water as you remove the glue from the wall to keep from redistributing the glue back onto the wall.

  5. 5

    Wipe the walls dry with a clean cloth after removing all adhesive.

Tips and warnings

  • Place old sheets or newspapers along the bottom of walls to catch run off of the baking soda solution.

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