A Wallpaper removal steamer is a device that heats water into a steam and then passes it through a tube into a flat face. This flat face is then pressed against a perforated wallpaper. The steam then saturates the paper and also dissolves the glue. This makes it easier for the wallpaper to be pulled or scraped off.
A wallpaper steam does not follow a very complicated mechanism. The body of the machine consists of a sealed water container fitted with a heater. When the machine is connected to power, this heating rod brings the water to a boil. As water gets heated, it gradually builds up pressure in the container. When enough pressure is built, the steam forces open a valve, which allows it to be passed into a tube which has its other end fitted to a flat face which is almost 30 cm2 wide and cm deep. This is the face that needs to be pressed against the wallpaper. The steam coming out of the perforated face creates a weak suction force. When enough steam is passed through, the wallpaper gets thoroughly moistened and the holding paste is also dampened. This weakens the holding power of the wallpaper, making it easier to pull it off.
Given below is a review of the 5 Wallpaper steamers.
Wagner Wallpaper steamer
The Wagner Wallpaper steamer uses only tap water. You will not have to deal with any kind of chemical mess. It provides a steam power of 1500 Watts. This is enough for not only scraping off single layered wallpapers but also the double layered and the ones that have been painted over. It has a comparatively larger steam plate with an area of 8 by 11 inches. This gives a wider coverage and efficient steaming. The steam plate has an insulated handle on the back face, making it easier to handle. Although the handle is sealed, it is better to use silicone gloves while steaming. This will make sure that the steam does not cause any form of injury.
It is the best product to remove vinyl, painted and multiple layers of wallpaper. It is very lightweight and has a long flexible hose, making it usable in the trickiest of places. The large reservoir capacity of 1 gallon gives the Wallpaper steamer a longer run time, allowing you to get the job done very quickly.
The greatest advantage with Wagner is that it is extremely cost efficient. You will not have to spend any money on chemicals, solvents or detergents. It is very safe to be used, especially in homes with kids and pets. Over time, it can help you save a lot of cash.
The overall build of the steamer is very compact and lightweight. It has an easy to grip handle giving superior control. The light weight also makes it easier for it to be carried around and used with a single hand. The steamer is also easy to store, it occupies very little space in the cabinet. The machine comes with a year warranty and is limited to residential use.
- Offers excellent stripping
- Good bargain for its price
- The re-condensed water can create a mess on the floor
- Not enough steam protection at the handles
Wagner 915 is a greatly upgraded model which makes it suitable for not only wallpaper steaming, but also a number of other purposes like stain removal, wiping glasses and so on. It comes with face plates of different shapes and sizes, which can be inter-swapped depending on the area you are dealing with. It does not use any sort of chemical. It’s a clean machine which only uses tap water. You will not have to deal with the watery mess from condensed steam.
The machine also has fingertip steam control for easier handling. The pressurized steam removes wallpaper 20 times faster than other conventional Wallpaper removal steamer. It also kills bacteria, hence sanitizing both the insides and the outsides of a house.
- This professional wallpaper removal steamer has a steam plate with large surface area.
- The machine comes with two hoses for extended reach
- At times, the machine may spurt out water along with steam
- Takes a long time to heat up
Wagner 905 is a very lightweight, portable Wallpaper removal steamer. It has a steam plate with large surface area and long extensible hose, which makes it easier to be used in the trickiest of places. The machine comes in a compact size, thus allowing easy storage. The 1500 watt steam output makes the Wallpaper removal steamer fit for more than one layer of wallpaper. It even effectively saturates the papers that have been painted over.
The machine has a preheat time of 12 minutes and a run time of 45 minutes. The long run time allows for fast and efficient wallpaper removing. It also effectively removes floor stains, tile stains, and glasses.
- No messy residue
- Superior cleaning technology
- This is only a steamer and a standalone cleaner
- Storing while the machine is still wet can cause corrosion.
Earlex LMB150 NA
This professional wallpaper removal steamer only uses tap water and is safe for homes with kids and pets. It also kills bacteria, thus sanitizing the whole area. The machine also has a raised platform and a 16 foot long steam hose which makes it easier to reach high areas. The runtime is 2 hours, which is good enough as compared to other wallpaper steamers. The machine also has onboard storage for the hose, cord and the steam plates. Just make sure that you let the machine get completely dry before storing it.
- Thoroughly moistens the wallpaper
- Great control and grip
- Using plastic cord can cause the steam to leak
- Sometimes, steaming can take longer than the suggested time
Earlex is UK’s No. 1 hand and tool seller. This machine is very user-friendly and is especially great for the first time buyers. The product is a good bargain for its price. It has a heat insulated handle which makes sure that no injuries are caused while using the machine. This professional wallpaper removal steamer effectively moistens the wallpapers, thus making it very easy to strip them off.
- Automatic suck back valve
- Several safety features
- Small tank capacity
- Long heating time