Popcorn ceiling removal is serious business. In fact, this is one DIY project that most people abandon after a few hours. The reason is simple — this is really, hard, hard work. And, there are no shortcuts or miracle tools to make it any easier. The entire process can easily take days to complete and most of it is dedicated to the actual scraping. (Which by the way, can gouge the ceiling underneath). So, if you’re committed to doing popcorn ceiling removal, you should know ahead of time this is very labor-intensive work.
Popcorn Ceiling Disposal
Now, before you start the long, arduous process, you need to have a plan for the remodeling debris. This is where too many people get off-track because they simply don’t think about it in advance. It isn’t until their staring at a growing pile of construction debris, they realize it’s got to go somewhere, somehow. Don’t make that mistake. Schedule remodeling debris removal and disposal when it’s time.
When considering a popcorn ceiling removal project, the first step should always be to test it for asbestos. Homes built prior to 1980 were often constructed using building materials that contained asbestos in paint texture, including textured ceilings and patching compounds, but its use was banned after it was found to cause lung disease and cancer. —Angie’s List.com
Also, be sure to have a plan for how you’ll navigate through the house without entering the room. The less you go in and out of the space, the better. By avoiding it when possible, you can cut down on the mess spreading to the rest of the house.
Damascus Popcorn Ceiling Removal
As for the actual popcorn ceiling removal, if you’re seriously committed to doing it yourself, you’ll need a few things. An asbestos test kit, plastic or drop cloths, eye protection, dust masks, light gloves, spray bottles, and scrapers.
- Test for asbestos. Safety is always first and should continually be practiced when you’re doing any type of renovation project. So, test for asbestos using a kit to determine if it’s safe to proceed.
- Cover up the floor. Next, you’ll need to empty the room and then cover the floor. Don’t leave anything in the room because it will get covered in debris and junk from the cottage cheese or popcorn texture.
- Soften the texture. Use spray bottles to moisten the popcorn but do not soak it. (If you do, you risk damaging the ceiling behind it or staining it.) Wait about 10 to 15 minutes to let it soften.
- Scrape the ceiling texture. Now comes the real work. You’ll have to scrape the texture off but do not dig into the ceiling. This will require a bit of trial and error to get right.
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