How to remove wallpaper

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How to remove wallpaper

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Project 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.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Chemical method
2 Steamer method
  • Step 1. Chemical 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. 

  • Step 2. Steamer 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. 

Tools and Materials


  • Bucket
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Protective equipment
  • Scraper
  • Steamer
  • Stirrer
  • Water
  • Wire brush


  • Chemical remover
  • Drop sheet

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