Dealing with Flocked Wallpaper in a Bathroom?

Dealing with Flocked Wallpaper in a Bathroom?

Aaron Able
Nov 10, 2009

Q: I'm in the process of potentially buying a new place. It'll take a lot of work, but most of the tune-ups I have figured out. What's most confounding, though, is the flocking in a bathroom. I appreciate its retro charm, but have no idea how to clean off what looks like either oxidation or rust or... something else?…

Sent by Allison

…I suppose it is wallpaper, but I really can't tell how it all works. Can it be cleaned? Or, if it's wallpaper, should it all just come down and be done with? If it's not wall paper, what is it?

If it can't be cleaned, I will remove it. But if it can be salvaged, I'd like to keep it, and just redecorate around it so it all looks cohesive. I really don't know which way to go, though, since it really does straddle the line between retro and ugly. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

Thanks!

Editor: I'm voting for a complete removal! Who else has advice or suggestions for Allison?

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