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!

Removing starched fabric from walls

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?

  2. Hey! I would like to know if this would impact (take off) the paint on the walls when removing it?
    Living in a rental right now and would love to try this out!

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