How to Use a Wallpaper Stripper - Correctly and Safely


Whether you're renovating your home or you just fancy a change, getting wallpaper off your wall can be a nightmare, unless, of course, you’ve got one of these, this is a wallpaper stripper, and you can hire them from Speedy, the UK’s number one hire company.

A couple of good things to remember when hiring from Speedy, all our hire equipment is checked, tested, cleaned and serviced before every hire and will come ready to go. You will also notice a folder attached to your hire product, these are the safety and operating instructions, please make sure you read these before you begin your job.

Wallpaper strippers work just like a kettle. Water is boiled to produce steam and then that steam is then channelled through a pipe and out the stripper plate, but just like a kettle it can be really dangerous - this is boiling hot steam - so it’s really important to make sure you have the correct PPE, thick rubber gloves and sensible footwear are essential before operating the wallpaper stripper. Any PPE you require for your job can be purchased from Speedy.

Speedy Top Tip! Please Watch our How-To Use a Wallpaper Stripper Video below:

Step 1:

Before you plug your wallpaper stripper into the mains you will need to fill it up. This can be done by lifting the lever and screwing the cap then filling with water. If you need to refill the wallpaper stripper after use, turn it off and just give it a couple of minutes to cool down. You’ll then need to unscrew the cap gradually to release the pressure in the tank.


Step 2:

Any mains powered equipment you hire from Speedy can come with one of three different types of plug a UK standard domestic plug that can be plugged directly into any household socket. A yellow 110v plug that will require a transformer or a blue 240v plug that will require an RCD unit, but don’t worry whatever you require your Speedy Service Centre will provide you with everything you need to power up your equipment and no matter the shape or size of your transformer or RCD plugging it in will be exactly the same, simply lift the flap and push in the plug. 


Step 3:

Once your wallpaper stripper is filled with water and plugged in, after a couple of minutes steam will begin to leave the stripper plate, so it’s important that you’re holding it away from people or animals or alternatively have it placed in the heat resistant drip tray.


Step 4:

Here are a few tips when using the wallpaper stripper.

  • Make sure you have a good wallpaper scraper to hand as this will help speed the process up without damaging the plaster underneath the wallpaper, if you don’t have one you can buy one from Speedy.
  • Never leaver the stripper plate in the same place for too long, as this can damage the plaster and plasterboard behind the wallpaper.
  • The steam and any excess water that may escape can damage flooring and soft furnishings, so it is advisable to cover these areas that may be affected. 


If you have any issues with any of the products you hire from Speedy, just give your local Service Centre a call, as we are always happy to help, and remember to always check the safety guidance before you use any hire product.


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Thank you for reading the Speedy Services blog, we hope you found this How-To Use a Wallpaper Stripper Guide useful, want to find out how to hang wallpaper then check out our How-To Hang Wallpaper blog below. Keep checking back here for more inspiration and help for your DIY projects.

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