Photo Gallery: Removing Wallpaper

Learn how to remove old wallpaper using a steamer stripper.
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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prepare the Space

Lay drop cloths to protect other features of the room, and remove as much loose paper from the wall by hand as you can.

Start the Steamer Stripper

Use a wallpaper stripper to remove wallpaper. Be sure to fill the stripper with water prior to plugging it in. Once the stripper begins to steam, apply it to the wall.

Using the Steamer Stripper

Hold the pad completely flush on the wall surface. After 15–30 seconds, move it along and scrape paper off the wall in the steamed area. The thicker the layer(s) of paper, the longer you will need to hold the pad in place. But do not hold it still for too long or the wall surface itself may crumble. Steam the entire surface of the wall.

Remove Wallpaper

Remove all remaining wallpaper with a putty knife and put in a garbage bag as you remove it, so that it does not stick to the drop cloth or other surfaces.