Frequently Asked Questions
Do wallpaper steamers really work?
Ask anyone with experience in stripping wallpaper and they'll tell you that steamers work and are much faster than trying to scrape away the adhesive with a run-of-the-mill spray.
Truthfully, sprays are better than nothing at all but can create a messy floor that's troublesome to deal with during later cleanup. With steamers, these issues are either minimized or avoidable. But there is some learning that much is done.
For steamers to work with good results, users should read up as much as they can about wallpaper removal with the steam and scrape technique. It's not that it's hard, but more on the lines of it being unknown by the people taking part in the work.
Homeowners may do this themselves instead of hiring out a company. There are videos online showing different ways steamers can remove the paper. When looking into these, you should stick to what's relevant to your situation, and someone using the same product that you own.
The basics for using a steamer are as follows:
- Remove residue - Before peeling, try and remove as much dirt and debris from the walls as you can. It doesn't have to be perfect, but things like nails, staples, dust, and mold could slow you down at best, and cause an allergic reaction at worst.
- Prepare the steamer - Many steamers will activate with a simple design, some of them by just plugging it into an outlet. Fill up the tank with water that's clean. Filtered water is best. Nevertheless, don't be afraid of the tap if you'll clean out the steamer later. It should take about five to ten minutes for most steamers to heat the water to begin pressing.
- Press the steam plate on the wallpaper - Where you begin is important but depends on the layout and size of the walls. You may want to start from the top and work your way down or scrape the wallpaper sideways. Try to keep the plate on the wallpaper for 10-20 seconds before going to the next section. Scrape the area that was just pressed, then move on until the wallpaper is completely off.
Wallpaper removal is a job that's best done with an accomplice, someone that can either scrap as another handles the steamer or move the steamer when needed. Use a step stool for quicker coverage but be careful not to lose your balance.
Is It worth renting a wallpaper steamer?
You should only rent a wallpaper steamer when it'll be used one time, and no more. They're like vacuum and carpet cleaner rentals, good for one-time use but not recommended for people that want to use them in more than one sitting, or for more than one purpose.
As steamers, these tools fall into different categories of use, including as an alternative or secondary option to cleaning floors, kitchens, tile, walls in general. Plus, with the right setup, steamers make good sources of moisture for woodworking that involves bending various objects into different shapes.
How long does it take to steam wallpaper?
Steam is essentially hot water vapor that expands. When it touches an adhesive, the bonding agents in the glue separate and loosen up, forcing whatever the adhesive away from the surface being treated.
The hot steam doesn't do this in a matter of seconds. When you place a steam plant on a section of wallpaper, let it press down into the area you want to remove for at least a couple of seconds.
For removing layered wallpaper, it might be necessary for you to press down on the material a bit longer. Patience is key here. Attempting to rush to the steaming process can result in parts of the wallpaper being unable to come off. And if this happens, you could find yourself going back over parts of the wall that were left unfinished.
Take your time with whatever wallpaper you want to get up. Consider getting assistance to make the work go by smoother. H
aving someone that can help you also cuts down the time. Steaming is already a time shaver compared to other wallpaper removing methods, but more than one person helping in the work can shorten it even further.
Will steam remove wallpaper?
Steam quickly takes off wallpaper and even other items such as wood glue, duct tape, graphite, some marker inks, and clear tape.
These are commonly found on walls and may linger behind the wallpaper that you intend to remove. But with a high-quality steamer, all of these bonding objects will come off, sometimes in the same condition when they were bonded to the wall from the beginning.
To keep your steaming working long into the future, remember to clean after every use. This doesn't entail soap and water all the time. A rinse in the sink is all that it can take to flush out any buildup in the interior pieces.
The best water to use for prolonging the use of a steamer is distilled water since it contains no notable traces of metals that could build in the inside and cause clogging.
This is a suggestion that's better for professionals that want to keep their steamer working after many hours of activity. For the average homeowner, any water is fine.
Check that the wallpaper steamer you buy has everything you need to take your wallpaper off as fast as possible.
Some of the products have loads of accessories while others don't. There are steamers better for wood projects than wallpaper, and steamers able to clean and disinfect homes.
No two steamers are completely alike, which makes knowing what to choose more essential than the average product comparisons.
One would think that tools used for the creation of steam would be rudimentary in their features and uses.
While they are basic in some ways, the job people use them for is cause for research into steamers, how to operate them, and where they stand among other approaches to removing wallpaper.
They're assured to give splendid results in more ways than one.