Wallpaper is a love-hate relationship. It’s pretty to look at, impossible to remove (or so I’ve heard). I dreaded touching the bathroom for that exact reason. All of the horror stories about removing wallpaper was enough to make me put it off. Then I came across HomeRight, an online source for helpful tools and products that make DIY projects a little easier. They have paint sprayers, paint sticks, and yes, steam machines that remove wallpaper. This was exactly what I needed so I was so excited when they sent me a multi-purpose steam machine to test out.
Now, I will say, I am lucky enough to never have removed wallpaper the old fashioned way (vinegar and water). I was hopeful the steamer worked as well as well as it sounded. Slightly skeptical, but hopeful. Let me tell you, the steamer pulled through. Read on and I’ll show you how to easily remove wallpaper headache-free. Trust me, it’s totally worth it!
Step 1 Begin by tearing off as much as the wallpaper as you can. The top wallpaper layer with the print is fairly easy to remove just by peeling it off. We did this in just a few minutes. You’ll see a yellowish paper is still glued on the wall. This is where the steamer comes in.
Step 2 Assemble the steamer. The steamer comes with a few different parts that need to be put together. The directions make it easy to follow. For wallpaper removal you’ll want to use the steam plate attachment, steam gun, and extender. The steamer also came with several sized brush attachments which are used for cleaning floors or hard to reach places in the kitchen and bathroom. You can even clean a dirty oven with it! The squeegee attachment is great for glass shower doors or windows, and when you remove the squeegee it’s a steamer for clothing.
Step 3 Fill the steamer with water and let it heat up. It takes about 8 minutes for it reach the optimal temperature. Once it’s ready the orange light will turn off.
Step 4 Now’s the fun part! Take the steam plate and hold it against the wall while pulling the trigger to let the hot water through. The water will drip down so be very careful not to burn yourself. Hold the plate in one spot for about 10-20 seconds while holding down the trigger before sliding down and repeating the same process in a new spot. The paper should look wet. Keep doing it until you have covered a section about 2 feet wide. Then take a spatula or scraper of some sort (I used a spackling spatula) and scrap away the paper of the section you just steamed. The paper should scape off easily and in big sheets. If it’s not, you need to hold the steamer on the wall longer. Keep repeating the process until you’re finished! You will have to stop to let the water reheat so it’s hot enough to steam. It lasted about 20 minutes before we had to take a break and let it head up again. When the orange light comes on, that means you need to let the machine reheat.
Step 5 After you have steamed and removed the wallpaper, you might have just a few small sections to go over. If you’re painting the walls, you want to make sure you removed every last bit so the wall is even. The wall might have a sticky residue from the glue, but that’s normal.
It took us about an hour to finish the whole room including stopping a few times to let the water heat up. It was such a slick process that worked better than I ever expected! We had a small garbage bag full of the paper at the end. If you have any wallpaper to remove I highly suggest this steamer. It really was pain-free and wildly sped up the process which is always a plus in my book.
*This post is in partnership with HomeRight. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.