How to Remove a Border, Philly-Style

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If you’ve had enough of the Phillies’ latest summer slump, then you may be thinking about replacing the strip of wallpaper with the team’s logo pasted on the walls of your man cave and redecorating with an Eagles one. Possibly, your youngest child is heading off to Penn State this fall and you want to remove a border with cartoon characters and convert the bedroom into your new home office. Maybe you’ve recently moved in a cozy starter home just off of Main Street in Manayunk and can’t stand the sight of that eighties black and forest green diamond pattern border in the kitchen.

Whatever the reason, you just want to reach up under that loose seam and yank the border off the wall. It may peel right off. Sometimes, you get lucky. But if a good strong pull leaves behind more than a few shredded remnants of your ex-favorite Philly sports team logo, there are other ways to get rid of the eyesore. Just remember not to wear your kelly-green Eagles-throwback jersey while you work. Wallpaper removal can be a messy job.

If your primary concern is protecting the walls beneath the border, you may want to first try a gel solution, such as DIF. The gel DIF is available in a spray bottle and the solution clings to the wall longer than water-based formulas. To remove a border, first score the paper with a tool such as a Paper Tiger to allow the DIF to reach the adhesive side of the paper. Next, apply the gel using a rag or a sponge, wait fifteen to twenty minutes, and then scrape off the border with a putty knife. Wipe off any remaining glue on the wall to prevent staining.

If the gel solution isn’t effective, you can also try a …read more

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