When it comes to property renovation, wallpaper removal is one of the most time consuming tasks there is. After experimenting for quite a while, I came up with a solution that works well – even on 3 layers that had been painted over. Its a 4 step process:
- Run a scoring tool back and forth over all the wallpaper you’re going to remove. I use the Paper Tiger, but its a pretty basic tool so I don’t think any brand is really better than any other. The idea is to open up the wallpaper to allow the removing compound (next step) and steam to get behind it.
- Spray the wallpaper with DIF or another type of wallpaper stripper. Again, I’ve tested a few brands and didn’t find one that really stood out from the others.
- Hold a wallpaper steamer on as large of an area as it will cover for about 30 seconds. I use a Wagner 1 gallon steamer that I bought on Amazon for around $65….well worth it. The only negative was the warmup time when you first fill it and plug it in – which is 15-20 minutes. I was able to do an average size wall in about an hour and a half without having to add water to the tank.
- After steaming the wallpaper, use a long handle scraping tool with a razor edge to remove it. This type of tool works far better than something like a drywall finishing knife – just make sure you have plenty of blades. They only last for a wall or two.
Here’s a video that shows us using the steamer on a recent project. I’m generally working with plaster walls, so if you have experience removing wallpaper from drywall please add your comments below….I’ve done some removal from drywall and haven’t had a problem with the drywall ripping apart, but have heard of this happening to other people.