How to remove Artex

You can remove Artex coating from your walls and ceilings with a wallpaper steamer and a scraper or by applying a purpose-made Artex removal solution. The latter method is likely to cost you a little more money, but you'll get the job done quicker and will be less likely to damage any plasterboard underneath the Artex layer you're removing. Whichever method you choose, you'll need to make sure the Artex you're working on is asbestos-free before beginning.

Artex Remover

Remove any furniture from the room you're treating with Artex. Place protective sheeting over the flooring and change into some old clothes.

Put on a pair of gloves and pour the Artex remover into a paint tray.

Apply a generous coating of Artex remover to affected areas with a paintbrush. Leave it to soften according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Remove the softened Artex with a scraper. You may need to repeat the process if you're attempting to remove multiple layers of Artex.

Wallpaper Steamer

Remove all the furniture from the room you're treating with Artex, place protective sheeting over the flooring and change into some old clothes. This method of removing Artex can be very messy, so it's important that you make sure anything of value is adequately protected before you start.

Fill your wallpaper steamer with water as per the manufacturer's instructions and plug it in.

Hold the steamer over the Artex you want to remove for 30 seconds. Then, use a plastic spatula to remove the loosened Artex. If the Artex has not softened sufficiently, reapply the steamer to the area you're working on.


Establish when the Artex in your home was applied before attempting to remove it. If it was added before the 1980s, there's a chance it could contain asbestos, which can be hazardous to your family's health if disturbed. If you're in any doubt, contact your local council for advice on how to proceed.

The wallpaper steamer method is not suitable for removing painted Artex.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic sheets
  • Old clothes
  • Gloves
  • Artex remover
  • Paint tray
  • Paintbrush
  • Scraper
  • Wallpaper steamer
  • Plastic spatula
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Michael Roennevig has been a journalist since 2003. He has written on politics, the arts, travel and society for publications such as "The Big Issue" and "Which?" Roennevig holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the Surrey Institute and a postgraduate diploma from the National Council for the Training of Journalists at City College, Brighton.