How To: Remove Wallpaper

What you will need

  • Wallpaper remover / stripper solution
  • Warm water
  • Spiked roller
  • Sponge
  • Wallpaper scraper
  • Electrical steamer (if required)
  • Work gloves


Safety note: Don’t hold the steamer over one spot for too long as this can damage the plaster.


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  • 1 The type of wallpaper on the wall and how well it is stuck to the wall will determine the best method to remove it. Check the wallpaper first to see how loose or tight it is, use a scraper and peel back as much as you can.
  • 2 When you have removed as much wallpaper as possible with the scraper, use a wallpaper remover / stripper solution. Mix wallpaper remover solution with water. Apply liberally over the wallpaper and leave for 10-20 minutes or as indicated on the instructions. Then remove the wallpaper with a scraper.
  • 3 On vinyl papers or more difficult areas try scoring the wallpaper with a spiked roller first. Then apply the wallpaper remover solution as above and leave to soak in. By scoring the wallpaper first, the solution will be absorbed better into the paper. Once again remove the paper with a scraper.
  • 4 For larger areas a good tool to use is a wallpaper steamer. Briefly press the plate of the steamer against the wall and allow the steam soak in. Then pull or strip the wallpaper off the wall using a scraper. Start at the top of a strip and work your way down.
  • 5 Repeat this process until wallpaper is removed.