Wallpaper offers a fast and convenient way to decorate the walls -- a method that doesn't require paint. But if you want to change the decor, you'll need to remove the wallpaper, which may or may not be an easy task. Over time, wallpaper can fuse to the glue and wall, making it difficult to remove. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to simplify the removal process.
Spray it Down
First and foremost, it's recommend that you spray the wallpaper down with either water or a 50/50 water/vinegar solution. Water should suffice for most wallpaper removal jobs. If the wallpaper has hardened onto the wall, however, you may need something a little stronger, in which case the 50/50 water/vinegar solution should work.
Using either the water or water/vinegar solution, spray down the wallpaper until there's a nice coating on it.
Score the Wallpaper
Next, you'll need to score the wallpaper to make removal easier. You can buy a special scoring tool at most home improvement stores for a couple bucks. This tool should feature a rugged end or edge that you can glide across the wallpaper to create small holes in it.
Go over your wallpaper and score it using the scoring tool. You don't have to score every square inch, but you should certainly try to cover the majority of the wallpaper. Scoring is somewhat time-consuming, but it will save you time (and energy) in the long run.
Remove the Wallpaper
After spraying and scoring your wallpaper, it's time to remove it. There are dozens of ways to remove wallpaper, though the easiest all-around method is to use a putty scraper. Assuming you sprayed the wallpaper with water or a water/vinegar solution, it should scrape right off with relative ease. As with painting, though, it's best to start from the top of the wall (near the ceiling) and gradually work your way down. It's also a good idea to remove any furniture and decorative accessories from the room before scraping the wallpaper.
Congratulations, you've just removed your old wallpaper! If you're thinking of painting the walls, it's a good idea to clean any remaining glue and wallpaper debris off the surface first.