How To Remove Wallpaper Without A Wallpaper Steamer?

Wallpaper can be a tricky and time-consuming decorating task. If you do not have a wallpaper steamer then we are going to give you tips for removing wallpaper effectively.

Removing wallpaper method
Removing wallpaper method

The Tools For Removing Wallpaper

Here is a list of tools you will need to remove wallpaper.

  • Large scraper
  • Sharp knife
  • Large sponge
  • Bucket
  • Water (warm)

Method To Removing Wallpaper

The first thing to keep in mind is the condition of the wall behind the wallpaper. When using a scraper be sure not to scuff the plaster behind because you will cause more work later on.

Even if you are hanging more wallpaper you do not want dips and holes because it will be noticeable when finished.

TOP TIP: Keep your scrapper at a steep angle when scrapping wallpaper, if you have to use a scraper with force then your wallpaper is not ready to be scrapped.

  1. Take your sharp knife and gently cut the wallpaper surface
  2. Keep scoring your wallpaper, the more you score the easier the wallpaper will come away when it is time to start scraping.
  3. Grab your sponge and soak it with water, do not leave to much water on your sponge because you will make a mess.
  4. Gently rub the sponge over the wall making sure you cover it enough for the wallpaper to absorb as much water as possible.
  5. Leave your wet wall for 30 minutes and cover it again with water.
  6. Once you have let the wallpaper soak ina s much water you can start scraping. If you have covered your wallpaper in enough water over an hour your wallpaper should come off in sheets.

Conclusion – Wallpaper Stripping

It does not matter if your wallpaper is chip-paper, lining-paper, printer or foil this wallpaper removing method works every time. It is just a matter of waiting for the water to absorb onto the paste on the back.

If you are scraping and scraping to no avail then you must wait for the warm water to soak in for a longer period. Some wallpapers such as lining or chip paper will take longer to absorb the water and peel away.

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