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Hi, my name is Given Campbell, and I'm a wallpaper designer in Tampa, Florida, and I have tips for you about how to remove old wallpaper. Old wallpaper can be some of the toughest to remove because it you know, it comes off in little bitty pieces so what you want to make sure that you have is a really good propane powered steamer or a very good wallpaper-based stripper. The first thing you want to use is something called a claw, which is just a small, plastic hand held tool that has small cutting blades on the other side and you simply use firm pressure to run that over the surface of the wallpaper in sweeping, circular motions. It creates little nicks in the paper that the steam or the wallpaper stripper, whichever you're using can get behind and start to react the paste that's back there. The trick is to use hot water. So, you want to make sure that your water is as hot as you can take it with a steamer, that's going to be obvious, but with the wallpaper stripper that you dilute, you want to make sure that you can actually put your hands into the bucket. It will cool fairly fast, so even if it's a little too hot in the beginning, you should be fine. You may need to actually replace the bucket as you go adding you know, new hot water to the bucket. So once you've got the wallpaper stripper on the wall, you'll wait about 15 minutes and you'll notice that it's bubbling. Once it starts to bubble, you know that the paste is being activated so you go ahead and grab one corner of it or one area at the seam and just start to pull. By this time you could probably use a three to four inch wallpaper scraper so you just make sure you keep it at a 30 degree angle so you don't gouge your walls, and if you're working with a partner one person can scrape while the other it pulling. And it will go a lot faster. If you have any questions, you should always talk to a contractor, have them come by and take a look at it, they can give you some on site tips. But you can always email me and I'll be happy to try and answer your questions. My website is www.givencampbell.com and you can contact me through the contact page. Again, my name is Given Campbell, these are my tips for removing old wallpaper.