Removing Starched Fabric From Walls

I have shared several starched fabric wall tutorials on the blog, and my readers are always concerned about what happens to the wall when the fabric is removed.  Today I am sharing all the details (including a video at the end of this post) and proving how easy it is to remove starched fabric from walls without damaging the walls or paint!

Starched fabric walls are a great solution for those of us who love the look of wallpaper but have commitment issues.  This treatment is also perfect for renters – starched fabric is a temporary wallpaper.

I am in the middle of a remodeling our laundry room, and part of the design includes a tiled wall.  Because of the new design, I am (sadly) removing my fabric wall.

To see the full tutorial on how to hang your own starched fabric wall, go HERE.  It is not hard, but it does take a little patience.  I perfected the process after several attempts over the years, and the result is a gorgeous patterned wall that will be easy to remove once you grow tired of it!

I had a little difficulty the first time I tried this method in our half bath, and I share all my trials and errors in my original starched fabric tutorial.

I have had readers who have had starched fabric hanging on their walls for years – one woman told me she has had a fabric wall for over 15 years!  I have been told this is an old military housing trick, and it works well on dorm cement blocks.

Want to see me removing the fabric walls?

Watch the video here:

Have you ever used fabric as wallpaper?  I’d love to hear about your DIY adventures with it – good and bad!


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  1. I love the starched fabric idea. One question though, I presume that there is starch residue left on the drywall afterward. So what is the best way to remove that if now you want to paint the walls?

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