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Wallpapermadness Sun 08-Dec-19 11:29:34

Spent hours scraping wallpaper off, and only managed to do half of the wall. Surely that has to be a better and quicker way to do this without steam? Now I regret not painting over it sad

Dementedswan Sun 08-Dec-19 11:31:00

Have you tried damping it with warm water and washing up liquid?

madnessitellyou Sun 08-Dec-19 11:33:52

Tons of warm water sponged on, leave for a few minutes, scrape away! I love stripping wallpaper smile

BlueJava Sun 08-Dec-19 11:33:58

Good ways are:
1. Hire a stream wall paper stripper.
2. Bucket of warm water, washing up liquid, soak the wall, leave for 5 mins and scrape it off.
3. If it's paint over (or waterproof) you need to score it first before doing 1 or 2.
It's hard work though!

BitOfFun Sun 08-Dec-19 11:35:19

It looks like you are doing a great job so far!

PostNotInHaste Sun 08-Dec-19 11:36:07 This sort of thing is good as slices through top layer and under bit easier to remove once soaked in warm water.

Wallpapermadness Sun 08-Dec-19 11:36:35

I've got sugar soap and warm water in the bucket. Maybe I'll try washing up liquid! Never knew it would be this hard!

TheoriginalLEM Sun 08-Dec-19 11:37:08

Are you scoring the paper first?

Lipperfromchipper Sun 08-Dec-19 11:37:40

Save yourself the hassle and go to tool station and buy a steam wallpaper stripper...probably cheaper than hiring one!! Toolstation is cheaper than screwfix for pretty much everything!!

Lex234 Sun 08-Dec-19 11:38:11

If you haven't got a steamer, you could boil the kettle next to the wall. I hate wallpaper stripping. If there is a hell, it is almost certainly bedecked in woodchip and blown vinyl

Waffles80 Sun 08-Dec-19 11:39:46

Honest to god. Borrow a steamer. Makes the world of difference.

snowybaubles Sun 08-Dec-19 11:39:58

Score, soak, scrape.

flouncyfanny Sun 08-Dec-19 11:49:49

Be VERY careful with a steamer that you don't take a layer of plaster off too!!

Blackbird1234 Sun 08-Dec-19 11:52:34

I used quite hot water with a few splodges of washing up liquid and really really soaked the wall, to the point that water was running down it, then I immediately scraped and it came off very easily. The trick is to really soak it, not just make it a bit or a lot wet, but actually soak it! Good luck!

The4ks Sun 08-Dec-19 12:03:19

When we moved into our current house all 3 bedrooms had woodchip with at least 3 layers of paint over!!
Absolute hell.
Steams by far the best way, score the paper so the steam gets underneath to make it easier.
Good luck!

JKScot4 Sun 08-Dec-19 12:04:41

Why won’t you use a steamer? borrow or buy a cheap one.

titchy Sun 08-Dec-19 12:07:16

For the love of god buy a wallpaper steamer - they're only about £20! You'll be able to get the whole room done in a few hours.

19lottie82 Sun 08-Dec-19 12:10:43

You need a steamer. If you can’t borrow one I think you can pick one up for about £30

Alexapourmeadrink Sun 08-Dec-19 12:12:10

Hot soapy water and lots of it, allow time to soak in and hey presto.

Cmagic7 Sun 08-Dec-19 12:13:47

Yeah - get a proper steamer, you'll be glad you did.

Minxmumma Sun 08-Dec-19 12:14:19

Scrape the wall, spray with warm water mixed with fabric conditioner and let it soak. Should peel off

IckyIsAFuckingStupidWord Sun 08-Dec-19 12:18:08

Score lines in it first, like hash lines, then stream or soak not-quite-hot water on it.

MulticolourTinselOnTheTree Sun 08-Dec-19 12:18:32

If you use the water method, score the paper first, it allows the water to penetrate.

Many, many years ago, I was stripping paper which had several layers of wallpaper, topped with paint. The paint must have been for some other purpose, because it wasn't normal wall paint, it was sort of plastic. God, that took forever to strip, the plastic paint was a nightmare. The previous owner had DIYed the house, and he was clearly crap at DIY.

Itllbelonelythischristmas Sun 08-Dec-19 12:26:13

Fabric softener with hot water works well

ChazsBrilliantAttitude Sun 08-Dec-19 12:27:20

Score the paper. Soak it well. Go and do something else. Come back soak it again. Leave it for another 10-15 mins. Soak it a third time and then start. Every time you are going to have a break soak the paper.

If you have more rooms to do then get a wall paper stripper.

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