Remove Wallpaper Quickly & Easily
Posted By
Ruthie Tabone
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Materials Needed: 
  • SteamMachine with Wallpaper attachment
  • Scoring Tool
  • Large Putty Knife
  • Press'n Seal or Floor Protector

Project Steps


My mom is the reason that I got into Home Décor and DIY projects!  She has done it her entire life and I grew up watching her create beautiful things for little to no money.  That being said, I feel that I owe her a little help every once in a while.  She always ends up coming and helping us paint our house so I thought I’d help her remove some wallpaper.  My mom has had this wallpaper up in her dining room for a very long time and it was time for a little updating.  SteamMachine to the rescue!

Step 1

The first step is to prep the room.  The SteamMachine can get things a little wet so we lined the room with Press’n Seal.  It works great because it sticks to the carpet and protects the floor at the same time.

Step 2

Fill the SteamMachine with water so that it can begin to heat up.  Fill with 3 cups from the container provided with the SteamMachine.  Each container is about 2 cups of water so roughly 6 cups fills it.  It can take about 8 minutes for it to warm up so head onto the next step!

Step 3

While the SteamMachine warms up you can score the wall with a wallpaper scorer.  This way when you apply the steam to the wall it can get underneath the wallpaper and speeds up the process.

Step 4

Once the SteamMachine is warmed up it’s time to remove the wallpaper.  You can then place the wallpaper steam plate on the wall and hold it there for 30 seconds as per instructions.  We found sometimes it didn’t need to be there for the full 30 seconds.  Then move to a spot close by so that the previous area can soak in while saturating the new area.

SteamMachine Wallpaper Removal

Step 5

After the area has had a short while to soak in the steam then you can remove the wallpaper from the wall.  If it’s properly saturated then the entire piece comes off at once!

Step 6

If you have some excess paper or the under layer is being finicky we found that using a putty knife can help scrape off the paper.  You can always apply more steam to an area to help get the paper wet enough to remove.  Note: Don’t get an area too wet otherwise it will make it hard to remove the paper.

Step 7

The SteamMachine lasts for about 30-45 minutes so it’s perfect timing so you can work on a specific area.  If you steam too much of a wall before removing the paper then it will dry before you get back to it.  Once you run out of water then fill it up again and repeat the previous steps.  Also little helpers always make the job a little bit more enjoyable!

Step 8

It can be a tedious project but once it’s done you will have loved that you used the SteamMachine.  Here is my Mom’s “finished” dining room.  (The red stripes were painted under the seams of the wallpaper.)  My mom plans to paint the walls so she used the SteamMachine to loosen the wall paste, then scrubed the walls with a scouring brush and then wiped it dry with a dry towel.  The SteamMachine is a great tool from start to finish!

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