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Person using scraper and flattening tool to remove wallpaper.

Overview

Here are two easy methods for removing old wallpaper and preparing a wall. You'll find out how to prepare the wall and apply a chemical remover. You'll also learn how to use a steamer to remove wallpaper.

Steps

1Chemical method

Put your drop sheet down to protect your floors. Score the wallpaper using a wire brush.

Mix up your remover following the instructions on the packet. Pour into a paint tray and roll onto the walls, making sure the paper is nice and wet.  Use a paint scraper to scrape away the wallpaper. Reapply and soak hard to remove areas. When all paper is removed rinse the wall with water. 

Person brushing wall to make it easier to remove wallpaper.

2Steamer method

Make sure any electrical points are covered with tape. Place your drop sheet on the floor. Make sure the area is well ventilated.  Press the steamer paddle against the wall for about 30 seconds or until the paper starts to peel off.  As you move along the wall, follow behind with a scraper. 
Person using scraper and flattening tool to remove wallpaper.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.