How to Protect Your Furniture Strip Wallpaper Remove Artex DRYWALL VS PLASTER 

How to Protect Your Furniture , Strip Wallpaper , Remove Artex , DRYWALL VS PLASTER 

How to protect your furniture

You will need

– Masking tape

– Dust sheet

– Polythene sheeting

Decorating is an essential part of transforming a house into a home, but it is important to overhaul your decor without putting your stamp on all of its contents! It’s not always possible to remove every item of furniture from the room that you are decorating so every item left behind needs to be properly protected.

No matter how handy you are with the paintbrush, accidents happen and paint droplets can turn up in the strangest of places. Take preventative measures for peace of mind and a pleasant painting experience. Flooring is one furnishing that needs to be protected, some homeowners choose to lift the carpet and remove it all together but you can use masking tape and dust sheets to keep your carpet or wooden flooring in prime condition.

Mask the carpet where it meets the skirting board, after all the edge of your flooring is an area that just attracts paint and other spillages. Use a thick strap of masking tape for extra assurance and cover the rest of the area with a clean dust sheet. Keep a bucket of warm water to hand to wipe away any splashes from the woodwork, any spillages will be hard to remove once dry.

When it comes to protecting furniture, gather all movable items in the centre of your room and cover with polythene or dust sheet, you can then easily manoeuvre around the room whilst painting or wallpapering. Some furnishings like kitchen fittings and fixtures can’t be moved; use poly sheeting to cover these items and secure with masking tape for the ultimate protection.

It also doesn’t hurt to double up when using polythene sheeting; some products are thin and can become easily torn when decorating. Don’t forget to remove any curtains and their fixtures before you commence, also if light fittings cannot be removed, wrap these in polythene sheeting and secure with tape to protect them from rogue paint and wallpaper paste.

How to strip wallpaper

You will need

– Stanley knife

– Scraper

– Stripping solution (homemade or shop brought)

– Sponge

– Steamer or steam stripper

Stripping wallpaper can be a pain and is a feat that has lead many of us to choose paint over wallpaper when overhauling our interiors. However, with the correct equipment and the right techniques you can tackle the most stubborn wall coverings. New wallpaper adheres to stripped surfaces much better so it pays to strip your walls properly. The important thing to remember is to treat your wall with care when removing old wallpaper, stripping is the main cause of damaged walls.

Whether you are opting for a traditional scraper or a steamer, the easiest method of removal is to firstly score the wallpaper with a Stanley or craft knife, this will allow the stripping solution or steam to soak into the wallpaper thoroughly. Be careful not to score too deeply as this may damage the wall underneath. Score the wallpaper in strips for easy removal. Once scored, if you are not using a steamer, apply a stripping solution to loosen the wallpaper.

The stripping solution can be made using hot water and washing up liquid. You can also use 1 part vinegar to 3 parts hot water or use fabric softener with hot water for a sweeter smelling solution. For more stubborn wall coverings, you can buy a ready-to-use stripping solution. Use a sponge to apply the solution to the wallpaper, section by section. Leave to soak for 10 to 15 minutes and see whether the wallpaper can be removed with a scraper. If it still won’t budge, apply the stripping solution once more.

When stripping wallpaper it is important to note what type of wall you are removing it from. Drywall and plaster are the most common forms of interior wall material. Drywall is thinner than plaster so is more vulnerable to water damage so try not to over-soak the wallpaper with stripping solution.


Plaster has been used as an interior wall material since the Roman Times, but as home building evolved so too has our choice of wall material. Even though plaster is much sturdier, many modern homes use drywall. As well as being cheaper, drywall gives builders the freedom to cut the wall material to shape and there is no need to wait for the surface to dry, so you can wallpaper or paint straight after installation.

Drywall does have its downfalls; plaster is thicker and long lasting whilst drywall is prone to water damage and mould.When using a scraper be careful not to dig in, the soaked wall below will be more vulnerable to damage when damp.

A steamer is a great investment for easy wallpaper removal, they are affordable to buy or can be hired for a small cost from a local tool hire company. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to steam your walls effectively. Remember: don’t leave the plate of the steamer on the wall for too long, prolonged heat can leave the plaster or drywall underneath damaged.

How to remove artex

You will need

– Dust sheets or polythene sheeting

– Protective gear (goggles, mask and hard hat)

– Chisel – Hammer

– Steamer or steam stripper

Please note you must consult a licensed asbestos specialist before removing artex. Artex is essentially a homeowner’s nightmare! The textured coating was all the rage in the 1970’s and 1980’s but has plighted generations since by being very difficult to remove and earlier artex can be health risk too.

Before the mid-1980’s artex was made using a high level of white asbestos in order to strengthen the mixture but as many people now know asbestos is a dangerous substance that can cause respiratory problems if the harmful fibres and dust are inhaled. If you don’t know whether your artex coating was applied before the mid-eighties, you must get it tested by a local asbestos specialist.

If it is found to be made with asbestos, your artex should be removed by a licensed contractor, who will dispose of the harmful material correctly. If the test for asbestos comes back negative and you are particularly brave, then you could choose to remove the textured coating yourself.

Removing artex is a very messy job so be sure to cover every inch of your room with dust sheets or polythene, also ensure that you are protected by putting on goggles, a dust mask and hard hat. Make sure the room is well ventilated too.

Use a chisel and hammer to remove the artex or if the coating is not too textured, you can remove it with a steam stripper. Artex can make interiors look and feel dated and many homeowners just put up with it for a hassle-free existence. There are other alternatives to having it removed completely, many contractors recommend having the artex skimmed or caulked over. Once dry, you can then decorate as normal.

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