How to Remove Wallpaper

 We’ve all been stuck in the same dilemma, contemplating whether or not to remove existing wallpaper before redecorating.

We know what you might be thinking- it can save a lot of time to just paste over it than stripping off the old wallpaper. But without good preparation your results will vary and may leave you disappointed. What may save you time today may not look how you want it to tomorrow.

It would save time to overhand but the simple truth is it is never ideal to wallpaper over wallpaper.

Why not?

No matter how good condition the existing wallpaper looks, you never know how it will react to the moisture, weight and tension applied by hanging a wallpaper over the top or what issues may be lurking underneath. Stripping gives you a chance to check your plaster’s condition and for any cracks or imperfections.

  • Is the wallpaper peeling away from the wall with loose corners and bubbles?
  • Is the wallpaper really tired or fatigued with marks or stains?
  • Is it patterned and if so is it out of fashion, outdated or are you just fed up of it?

These are all sure-fire signs that you need to remove the wallpaper before applying a new wallcovering.

In the short-term it may be easier to just decorate over the existing wallpaper however, to achieve a premium look you need to just strip the old paper off to create a black, new canvas and a flawless finish.

Home Flair Decor can show you how to get a perfectly clean wall that can be made into tip top condition for your new wallpaper….


Here’s a step by step guide to removing wallpaper…

1. Protect the floor and furniture with tape and dust sheets.

2. Turn off all electricity in the room if you need to strip around switches or sockets.

3. Start at a corner near the ceiling, under the light switch or close to a radiator where the paper tends to be looser due to wear and tear or heat.

4. Lift from the seam and pull away from the wall, leaving the backing. If you are removing paste-the-wallpaper you may find that both the top and base layer come away complete in one go.

5. Once all the top layer has been removed, apply warm soapy water with a sponge or brush to soak the backing off. Leave for up to 15 minutes so the backing can absorb the water and soften the existing adhesive. if it has dried out on return, re-apply the water and wait a little less time.

6. Then using a metal scraper, scrape the backing off.

7. Be careful not to damage the walls by being too aggressive with the scraper. If you do, a little filler will fix you up.

8. If there’s any leftover areas of paste or backing that you’re struggling to remove, scrape off as much as you can and allow to dry then sand off the excess/stubborn paste. Failure to completely remove these may result in imperfections being shown through your wallcovering.

9. Wipe over the walls with a damp sponge until it’s smooth and clean.

So there you have an expert guide on how to remove wallpaper. Remember, ALWAYS strip your walls before re-wallpapering!

Once your walls are primed and ready, check out our vast range of high quality wallpapers from all the top brands, as well as all your essential Tools & Adhesives!

Feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions about wallpaper removal and our helpful team will endeavour to answer them for you.

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