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Artex used to be a widely used approach to finishing walls and ceilings. Artex is a water based covering that is scraped and formed into a textured surface. It can look a bit old-fashioned nowadays, though, and a lot of homeowners are looking to take out the artex in their homes. Always be careful when handling artex, particularly older artex, as it can contain asbestos. Asbestos was found in some older artexes, so be sure to have a survey done to make certain of whether or not it exists in your artex, as it can really limit the options available for artex removal.

There are plenty of strategies available to remove artex. One is to use a steam stripper to heat up the artex to the point where it can be scraped away. However, this could occasionally damage the wall or ceiling behind the artex, so it is at times worth going straight back to the original plasterboard or wall base. There are also products available which make this technique of removing artex easier. These products simply need to be applied over the artex and then to be left for a period of time, often overnight. They can then be removed along with the artex. Another option for artex removal is to simply plaster over it. This will require any especially high details of the pre-existing artex to be sanded down, and then plaster can be applied over the top for a smooth finish. Artex can also have plasterboard installed over the top and then be plastered over. Otherwise, some artex can be covered with a thick wallpaper.

Whatever the approach used, artex removal is definitely possible, provided appropriate care is taken around the possible presence of asbestos.

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