Woodchip tends to be used to hide a multitude of sins with the wall finish underneath which can lead to requiring a full plaster skim once paper has been removed, however...
I would suggest avoiding the use of warm water as it tends to mix with the existing paste on the wall and turns everything to mush creating more work.
We tend use a paper scorer, Zinsser DIF Gel which breaks down the paste and a non metal scraper [Zinsser again] to avoid damaging the plasterwork underneath.
I would also advise against using a steamer unless you are prepared to have the walls re-plastered as they can pop the finish.
Hope this helps
Not much else I can add really all the responses are only what I would recommend, peel off any loose paper, score the paper, soak with soapy water and then use a steamer to remove the paper, maybe have wallpapering stripping party that always works with mates.
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Scrape a section dry to get behind initially, then peel top layer.
once finished use steamer/warm wet sponge for under layer of paper that remains. it should gently scrape away with a normal hand scraper.
The best way to strip woodchip wallpaper is to first use a hedgehog.
This is a small pole with a small roller at one end, the roller has spikes it hence the word hedgehog.
You rub the walls all over this puts small holes everywhere, this allows water/steam to penetrate the woodchip helping you to strip easier.
Two options :
If any of the corners are loose, try to use scraper and it's quite possible that combination of weak, old adhesive and weight of wallpaper with layers of emulsion will do the job - quite possible it will be easy to remove.
Second, best option. Wallpaper steam stripper (but best add to water wallpaper stripper), cover floors with polythene backed dust sheet and crack on.
Steam stripper, wallpaper stripper and scraper will set you back around £40.00
Hi Joan personally I would use a hand steamer, rather than soaking and scraping could create a lot of damage like one of my clients did, ended up replastering walls. Get someone who is qualified painter/decorator.
Its tiring but Sometimes the easiest way is with a 6" razor scraper at a shallow angle. After a while you get the knack at which angle to scrape. Then either line or much better plaster as thell be alot of scrapes
you need to score the paper so water or steam can get behind the paper,
also just use a flat edge blade or scraper and just run it over wallpaper so it knocks off the little woodchips should see them as brown marks appearing
thanks kevin multrade
there is no easy way,
to get it of you'll need to perforate the surface first and then as you wish use a
2) water with wash up liquid ( keep wetting it several times for like half a day, wash up will create foam which stays on the wall longer an softens the paper and paste
then scraper or stripping knife and pure force.
I always use second way.
You can by hand tools which have mini rollers with teeth on the which score the paper to allow moisture to sink into the paper you can buy these from all paint stores.
but then you will need a steamer to my life much easier on yourself but do be careful with a steamer not to leave it pressed against the wall area in question to long as you can blow the plaster underneath the paper and what you dont want is to have to plaster half your room afterwards.