MIller Brothers Wallpaper Removal, Installation, and Painting--with Propane Steamer Method Since 1932 Propane Steamer Video

Miller Brothers Inc.

Experienced Wallpaper Removers

Have you grown tired of that 70s wallpaper in your bathroom?
Do you want to give your kitchen a new modern look?

You want it gone, and you want to repaint, but where do you start? Miller Brothers can solve that problem quickly. Having the right tools and know-how is essential to ensure a quick and easy transition from old wallpaper to beautiful, paint-ready walls.

Removing wallpaper takes a lot of patience, and how the paper was installed will determine how easily it comes off. Some wallpaper can come off dry, especially if the wall was primed well and the correct amount of glue was used. In some cases, if the wall wasn't properly primed, the removal can cause damage to the texture.

Miller Brothers does NOT use any chemicals to remove wallpaper or the glue. We have been perfecting our craft for over 75 years. The key to our success is our vast knowledge of wallpaper and using ONLY water and steam. This is where we differ from many of our competitors. Our niche in this business is our propane generated steamer. Please take a moment to watch the videos below showing us taking off painted paper from untreated drywall.

A wallpaper steamer consists of a reservoir of water, a propane heating element, and a hose attached to a plate (1 foot by 1 foot) to direct the steam at the wallpaper. The steam dissolves the wallpaper paste, allowing the wallpaper vinyl or backing to be peeled off. Hopefully, the drywall underneath the wallpaper has been treated with a quality primer or sizing. If not, some drywall tearing may take place.

Our now unique propane steamer method is widely acknowledged as the "Right tool to do the job" in articles like this one:

How To Remove Wallpaper
by Laraine Shape - The Cincinnati Real Estate Lady

Wallpaper removal can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t have the right tool. So what’s the right tool to remove wallpaper?

A good, old fashioned wallpaper steamer, just like the one pictured – a propane fired wallpaper steamer manufactured by the Murray Black Company of Springfield, Ohio (no longer in business). The machine that puts the WOW in HOW To Remove Wallpaper.

These steamers were popular in the 1970′s and could be found for rent in just about any local paint store. They were true work horses and could get layers of old wallpaper off like it was butter. It’s the same method used by a few pros including Miller Brothers in Philadelphia, PA.

Removing wallpaper removal is a breeze if you’re lucky enough to have one of these vintage steamers. They make the wallpaper steamers of today look like tinker toys.

Miller Brothers has a couple of great videos showing how they do wallpaper removal, including old painted-over wallpaper, with one of these Murray Black propane fired wallpaper steamers.

Where can you find a propane wallpaper steamer? Unfortunately they’re next to impossible to find – If you want to remove wallpaper, watch the Miller Brothers wallpaper removal video and find the right tool to do the job.


The most common wall covering for residential use and generally the most economical is pre-pasted vinyl coated paper, commonly called "strippable," which can be very misleading. The term refers to vinyl portion of the paper. The cloth backing of the vinyl paper which is usually white or light brown in color is what usually needs to be scraped or steamed off.

While single layers of wallpaper are something that you may tackle yourself, chances are if you run into multiple layers of paper or paper that is painted over, or a combination of both, you're going to need a professional.

Miller Brothers has always been able to remove ANY wall covering, no matter how many layers, no matter how much paint. We have THE solution to your stubborn wallpaper removal needs.

Still Not Sure? Call (215) 783-0614 or (856) 662-8131 or use our Contact Form and we'll show you why we're the BEST Choice for tricky Wallpaper Removal done right.

*Please be aware that wallpaper removal can be labor intensive and could cause some wall damage. Most removal damage is due to the product or lack of product that was used to prepare your walls for the wallpaper hanging. The lack of a quality wallpaper primer can cause the top layers of the wall surface to come off with the wallpaper backing. If this occurs, an oil based primer will have to be applied to the walls prior to wall repair.