Removing Wallpaper: A DIYer's How-to Guide

Removing wallpaper with electric steamer and scraper
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Removing wallpaper is the first step to a fresh new room makeover as it will mean smooth clean walls ready for decorating. But how easy is it to remove wallpaper? With the right tools and a little effort your walls will be wallpaper-free in no time. Discover the essential kit and techniques you need to do it the right way. 

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Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.