Summary: Learn how to use a wallpaper steamer.
Wallpaper steamers are very useful tools for removing wallpaper which is notoriously difficult to scrape from walls. The steam provided from the heated water runs through a tube which has a plate which allows you to apply the steam wherever you like. Make sure you have a suitable place to lay the steam plate down in between use. Wallpaper steamers can be bought or rented easily.
Using a wallpaper steamer
- Attach the plate to the hose and the hose to the main water containing unit. Fill the unit with water up to the level specified in the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Plug the steamer into an electrical socket and allow it to heat up for as long as necessary.
- When the steamer is ready to be used, it will be very hot so be careful and wear the correct protective clothing.
- Score lines in the wallpaper using a scoring tool or a utility knife. This will make the wallpaper more easily removed in sections. Scoring is mainly necessary for wallpaper surfaces that are non-porous.
- Press the steamer plate against the wall for a few seconds, allowing the steam to penetrate the paper and weaken the glue. Scrape the paper off in sections using a wallpaper scraper. Any tough bits can be steamed for longer if required.
- It is recommended that you start from the top of a wall, working downwards. It is best to steam/scrape the ceiling last. A good technique is to hold the steamer on one area, whilst scraping a section already steamed.
- Take caution when using a steamer around electric sockets and switches.
How to use a wallpaper steamer video
Summary: DIY video showing you how to use a wallpaper steamer or stripper.
Wallpaper steamers or strippers are designed for removing wallpaper that is not peeling from the wall easily. Water is heated until it turns to steam, the steam then runs through a tube which has a plate on the end. The plate is used to apply the steam on the tough to remove wallpaper. After being steamed for a few seconds the wallpaper will be easier to remove with a scraper. Wallpaper steamers can be bought or rented easily.
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