Textured ceiling removal is no easy thing to do. A popcorn ceiling, also called a cottage cheese ceiling, or a Stucco ceiling, is a feature that was popular during the 1950’s and 1960’s. It continued to be installed in residential homes until the 1980’s, when it began to lose favor. This paint-on or spray-on treatment widely included asbestos, which was banned by the United States Clean Air Act of 1978. But, it’s still around to this very day.
Laytonsville Textured Ceiling Disposal Options
Homeowners choose to remove popcorn ceilings for a variety of reasons — chief among these are its strange appearance. And, when you take down a popcorn or cottage cheese ceiling, you’ll create a whole lot of debris and waste. Which means, you’ll need a way to dispose of the debris thereafter.
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
So, do yourself a favor and schedule a local junk removal service to come by and clean up. Take advantage of the opportunity and offload a bunch of other junk at the same time to free up more space.
Textured Ceiling Removal Guide
What’s more, a popcorn ceiling is just downright hard to maintain, and, if it needs repair, you’ll have a huge project on your hands. Not only will you have to match the texture, but the color, and that’s certainly not an easy task. Which brings up the alternative — removing it from your home.
- Test for asbestos first. Asbestos was a common ingredient in decades past, so, you should buy a test kit to know for sure. Test the ceiling to ensure that it doesn’t contain any harmful elements.
- Prepare the room to protect the floor. Clear out the room completely. Take down any wall decor, remove any furniture. Then, lay plastic across the entire floor. You can weigh it down by placing bricks in the corners and a few along the perimeter.
- Soften the ceiling texture using water. Fill a spray bottle with water and use it to soften the texture on the ceiling. Don’t soak it, just dampen it to make it easier to scrape away.
- Scrape the texture away from the ceiling. Using a scraper, start scraping the texture away. Be careful when scraping around crown moulding so you don’t cut into or mar it with the edge of the scraper.
Once free of texture, it’s time to patch, sand and smooth, then paint to finish. To dispose of the texture, call 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away.