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  • How to Remove Wallpaper

    If you wish to give your walls a fresh start, you may need to discover how to remove wallpaper efficiently. Read on to learn the different methods of removing wallpaper and what tools you need to do it.

    How to remove wallpaper

    What Tools Do I Need to Remove Wallpaper?

    Below is a list of tools that you will need for different types of wallpaper stripping methods:

    Score, Soak, and Strip

    Here are the tools you'll need if you're doing the score, soak and strip method:

    • Stanley knife
    • Sponge
    • Bucket
    • Stripping knife

    Chemical Stripper

    If you are using a chemical stripper, here are the tools you'll need:

    • Roller
    • Bucket
    • Stripping knife
    • Chemical wallpaper remover

    Steam Stripper

    These are the list of tools you'll need if you're using a steam stripper:

    • Steam stripper machine
    • Stripping knife

    What Safety Equipment Do I Need to Remove Wallpaper?

    Below is a list of the safety equipment that is recommended for removing wallpaper:

    • Safety goggles or glasses
    • Gloves
    • Dust mask

    What Materials Do I Need to Remove Wallpaper?

    When it comes to removing wallpaper, you won’t particularly need any specific materials. If you plan to re-decorate the room immediately after your wallpaper has been removed, then the materials you need will depend on how you are planning to re-decorate.

    You may need paint or wallpaper depending on how you are planning to re-decorate. You may also need small amounts of plaster if you need to fix any damage to the wall before re-decorating.

    How to Remove Wallpaper Yourself

    There are a few different options when it comes to removing wallpaper. Please see the step-by-step guides below on the various ways in which you can remove wallpaper.

    These guides apply to removing living room wallpaper, removing bedroom wallpaper, along with removing wallpaper in any other rooms of the house.

    The best way to remove wallpaper will depend on your personal preference and the area you are working on. Steam strippers work best for larger rooms.

    Score, Soak, and Strip

    Step 1

    Start by lightly scoring the plaster with your stanley knife. Be careful not to damage the underlying plaster.

    how to score, soak, and strip wallpaper step 1

    Step 2

    Next, soak the paper using a sponge and some hot water.

    how to score, soak, and strip wallpaper step 2

    Step 3

    Leave the wallpaper to soak for five minutes.

    how to score, soak, and strip wallpaper step 3

    Step 4

    Then, start working your stripping knife into the scores and stripping the paper away from the plaster behind.

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    Step 5

    Continue these steps across the entire length of the paper that you want to remove.

    how to score, soak, and strip wallpaper step 5

    Chemical Stripper

    Step 1

    Check the manufacturer’s instructions and create your chemical mix.

    how to chemical strip wallpaper step 1

    Step 2

    Wear goggles, protective gloves, a face mask, and protective clothing when handling the chemical substance.

    how to chemical strip wallpaper step 2

    Step 3

    Spread your chemical mix across the wallpaper that you wish to remove.

    how to chemical strip wallpaper step 3

    Step 4

    Give your mix time to soak into the paper. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions for the exact time you need to leave it.

    how to chemical strip wallpaper step 4

    Step 5

    Then, strip the wallpaper.

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    Step 6

    Continue these steps across the entire length of the paper that you want to remove.

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    Steam Stripper

    Step 1

    Fill the tank of the steam stripper with water and switch it on.

    how to steam strip wallpaper step 1

    Step 2

    Hold the plate against the area of the wallpaper that you are trying to strip.

    how to steam strip wallpaper step 2

    Step 3

    The steam should only take around 15 seconds to penetrate the paper; however, be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions for the exact time. Once this has happened, simply strip the paper using your stripping knife, and it should come off easily.

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    Step 4

    Remember not to leave the steam plate on one area for too long as it can damage the underlying plaster.

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    Step 5

    If any areas are stubborn, re-steam them and try again.

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    Step 6

    Continue these steps across the entire length of the paper that you want to remove.

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    Wallpaper Types

    There are many different types of wallpaper that you can buy for your home, and each has a distinct look and additional benefits. Below is a list of the most popular types of wallpaper that you can get for your home along with the pros and cons of each type:

    Linear Wallpaper

    This wallpaper is made from fibreglass and is useful in hiding defects in the wall and minimising repairs. It can be used as a wallpaper base for more delicate varieties of wallpaper.

    PROS

    ✔ Easy to apply

    ✔ Hides defects and minimises repairs

    CONS

    ✖ Not as beautiful as other wallpaper types

    Printed Wallpaper

    This is a common type of wallpaper that comes in a wide variety of styles and colours.

    The ink on printed wallpaper can be affected by water, so it would not be an ideal choice for bathrooms or kitchens. Printed paper can also be torn easily.

    PROS

    ✔ Come in a variety of styles and colours

    ✔ Can be relatively inexpensive

    ✔ Popular wallpaper type

    CONS

    ✖ Can tear easily

    ✖ Can be ruined by water

    Vinyl Wallpaper

    Vinyl wallpaper is usually printed paper coated with a layer of vinyl. The thicker the vinyl layer is, the more durable the wallpaper is. This type of wallpaper can withstand moisture so it can be used in kitchens and bathrooms. It can also be washed easily, so it is easy to maintain.

    PROS

    ✔ Withstands moisture

    ✔ Can be washed

    ✔ Easy to maintain

    ✔ Durable

    CONS

    ✖ Often more expensive than other wallpaper types

    Foil Wallpaper

    Foil wallpaper is often quite reflective, and so a downside to this wallpaper is that it will highlight wall defects. This can make this type of wallpaper more challenging to install as the wall may need to be repaired or treated before installation.

    PROS

    ✔ Beautiful designs

    ✔ Unique look

    CONS

    ✖ Difficult to install

    ✖ Highlights wall defects

    Wallpaper Maintenance

    Below is a list of tips for maintaining your wallpaper:

    • Always hang your wallpaper on a smooth surface
    • Clean your wallpaper regularly using a damp sponge or soft cloth
    • Vacuum your wallpaper regularly to stop dust build-up and to remove cobwebs
    • Do not use abrasive cleaners on your wallpaper
    • Don’t allow your wallpaper to get too wet
    • Dust your walls regularly with a duster

    FAQs

    Can you remove wallpaper with fabric softener?
    It is possible to remove wallpaper with fabric softener. When fabric softener is applied to the wall, it helps break down the glue used to stick the wallpaper to the wall. This allows the wallpaper to come off much more easily.
    How much does it cost to remove wallpaper?
    In the UK, it costs around £150-£538 to have your wallpaper removed by a professional with the national average cost being £350.
    Can I paint over wallpaper?
    It is not recommended that you paint over the old wallpaper. Often the pain will cause bubbles and may cause the paper to come loose. The seams of the old wallpaper will also show. It is much better to fully remove the old wallpaper before painting.
    Can I wallpaper over old wallpaper?
    This is not recommended as it can often not stick properly or may cause the old paper to bubble or come loose.
    How to remove a wallpaper border?

    Below is a list of steps to take to remove a wallpaper border:

    1. Fill a spray bottle with warm water.
    2. Mist the surface area of the wallpaper border.
    3. Let the water soak into the border and allow it some time to soften the adhesive.
    4. Once the adhesive has softened, peel the border away. A plaster scraper can be used to assist with removing the border if needed.
    5. Apply more water as and when needed to soften the adhesive so that the border can be pulled away easily.

    Sources

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEVkSFCZM0U
    https://www.limitlesswalls.com/articles/how-to-remove-wallpaper-glue-from-drywall-with-fabric-softener
    https://www.remov4u.com/wallpaper-faq.php
    https://www.arch2o.com/guide-wallpaper-types-advantages

    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 18th March 2021.

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