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    Out with old, in with the new: removing wallpaper

    Published on 29 January 2019, Tuesday, 5:56 AM

    If you're embarking on a kitchen or bathroom DIY project - or any other room for that matter - why not consider wallpaper as an alternative to painting a room?

    Available in thousands of different varieties and designs, wallpaper can also work out cheaper than painting.

    Removing existing wallpaper can be an arduous task, but with a bit of know-how you can be ready to hang your new paper in no time!

    If the existing wallpaper is a vinyl variety - older types tend to be made of this - then this should be relatively easy to remove with a stripping knife.

    Other wallpapers, however, may not be as easy to remove. Start with a bucket of hot soapy water and sponge the paper for at least ten minutes to loosen it from the wall. If this doesn't work, there are paper-stripping liquids especially designed for this task.

    Wallpaper can be stubborn, so for a much easier and effective method you may want to use a wallpaper steamer available from your local Kennards Hire.

    Before beginning work with the steamer you will want to go over the wall with a wallpaper perforator - this puts tiny little holes in the material to help the process.

    The steamer works by dissolving the adhesive through the holes, assisting in its removal off the wall - giving you a professional result in no time!

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.