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How to Remove Wallpaper

8 January 2011 1,265 views No Comment

When it comes to putting new wallpaper up, many people choose to place it over existing paper. This is because they think that removing the old stuff will be really hard work. While it can be difficult to remove old wallpaper, it is definitely not easier to just paper over it! Here you will find a few tips on how to remove your old wallpaper.

Tip Number One – Steam it Off

Steam is a really effective way of loosening the wallpaper. However, you will need to make sure that you move furniture out of the room (or at least well out of the way) before you use a steamer. You will also need to remove everything from the walls too. If you don’t already have a steamer then you can rent one from a local electrical home store. Another important tip if you are using this method is to cover up sockets and electrical outlets. This will stop moisture from getting in and causing a potential safety hazard!

In order for the steaming to work, you will need to slice the wallpaper a little. This will help the steam to get underneath the wallpaper. You may need to use a scraper for the pieces of wallpaper that do not easily pull away. It may also be a good idea to steam the wallpaper more than once.

Tip Number Two – Wet the Wallpaper

If steaming sounds like too much hard work then you can always use water to moisten the paper yourself. Again you will need to make small holes for the water to get through. You can apply the hot water to the wallpaper using a sponge. You will definitely need a scraper for this method.

These are just two ways in which you can easily remove your old wallpaper. It may take some time but it is worthwhile before you put your new paper up.

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