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    How easy will it be to remove wallpaper for an entire room?

    Painters & Decorators

    I have a room that we plan to remove all the wallpaper from, as part of the room’s redecoration.
    We are planning to remove it by peeling away from the corners, using a damp cloth where required to loosen up any stubborn areas.
    As precautions, we will cover up the floors nearby and the switches/electrical sockets in case of any accidents in the process.
    Is this the simplest method for us to try or is there any quicker, more efficient methods we could try instead?
    Any ideas would be welcome!

    Asked by Carherine on 4th Jul 2019
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    ""First of all ascertain the wallpaper type (vinyl, anaglypta, polystyrene backed,lining paper)is to be removed (this dictates the removal method (steaming, dry removal, or by liberal application of water). Then discover the type of wall upon which the paper has been applied (Plaster, Plasterboard, concrete, wood).
    As this could be classed as a low skilled job (approx £10 per hour) i would think it should take two days.""

    Answered on 19th Jul 2019 - Member since Jul 2019 - report
    Lunar builders/Flat pack assembly

    "Hi, best way to take off wallpaper is to use a wallpaper stripper but if you don’t like using the wallpaper stripper then peel the front paper off and soak the backing paper with hot water and a sponge."

    Answered on 24th Jan 2020 - Member since Mar 2019 - report

    I would always either use a steamer or just wash the walls. Using a steamer will depend on how good the plaster is behind. Do a test spot.
    Most of the time I just use warm water with a bit of washing up liquid rub over wallpaper as if you were washing it. Let soak fit 5 mins and use a scraper to take off. Sometimes it requires 2 “washes.”"

    Answered on 25th Nov 2019 - Member since Nov 2019 - report
    Anglia Home Services

    "I think your method is not the fastest or easiest hence why tools like steamers are used by professionals.

    By doing it by sponge and scraper you will use a lot of energy and time, on this laborious job, that ultimately could be better spent on other activities."

    Answered on 15th Jul 2020 - Member since Jul 2020 - report
    BobaJob Maintenance

    "Start from the top with a wet sponge let the water soak in, then the paper should peel off."

    Answered on 4th Jul 2019 - Member since May 2019 - report
    Atlas plaster

    "Hi, I would use a steamer I think that would be the quickest way to get the wallpaper off."

    Answered on 4th Jul 2019 - Member since May 2019 - report

    "If you don't have a wallpaper stripper ,full a large spray bottle with hot soapy water , spray on wall leave a few minutes then scrap off if still got backing paper on repeat the process"

    Answered on 3rd Aug 2020 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
    Gobud Pro

    "There are plenty of Wallpaper removal steamers on the market and those do best job. Damp cloth will randomly release excessive amount of water which will find it's was to electric plug at some point. Steamers on the other hand wont do it. It is safer and faster way. Also not even expensive ;)"

    Answered on 12th Jul 2019 - Member since Jul 2019 - report
    Jarvis Decor

    "Hi depending on the paper there are a few ways to remove it. But I stand by the old way. I always peel the face paper which will leave the backing paper on. Then starting at the corner wet the paper working in an order. I tend to do a wall at a time. So once I’ve finish it’s ready to peel. And it should come off with a light scrape. Just be sure you get all the bits of before moving on to the next wall."

    Answered on 15th Jul 2019 - Member since Mar 2018 - report
    Finishing Touch Painter and Decorator

    "So I personally would use a paper tiger (it puts loads of little holes in the wallpaper) this will speed up your process 10 fold then use warm water and soak the wall. It will need 4 soakings and I would wait 5-10 mins between soak to let the warm water start to work on the glue. Like some have said if it's vinyl paper then it should have a top layer and a bottom layer that will separate."

    Answered on 9th Nov 2019 - Member since Jun 2019 - report

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