Textured popcorn ceiling removal and disposal. Talk about a really big time job. It’s one of the most labor intensive home improvement projects you can take on and that’s not in any way an exaggeration. It’s dirty, difficult work and will take quite a bit of time. In fact, textured popcorn ceiling removal will likely take a lot more time than you believe.

Textured Popcorn Ceiling Debris Disposal

The first thing you have to do when starting a textured ceiling removal project is to plan for debris disposal. That’s right, you’re first order of business is to have a way to get rid of that stuff. That is, assuming its not tainted with a dangerous material, such as asbestos. Make no mistake about it, this will generate a whole heap of debris. What’s more, it could uncover hidden issues.

Very few things date a space like a popcorn ceiling—and not in a charming way. They’re difficult to repair, hard to clean, and catch dust easily; but despite all these cons, their popularity exploded beginning in the late 1950s because they made easy work of finishing ceilings and hiding imperfections. If it’s time to bid farewell, there are three popular ways to take on the challenge: scrape, cover with a new layer of drywall, or skim coat with plaster to create a new texture. Which is best? Depends on a lot of things, including the age and condition of the substrate (ceiling). --This Old House

For instance, the material underneath the texture or cottage cheese might well be damaged. You just don’t know about it yet because it’s covered. Scraping off the popcorn finish can easily reveal such a problem. Of course, you might not find anything.

Pocomoke City Textured Popcorn Ceiling Removal and Disposal

As for the actual textured 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. If the house is older than the early 1990’s, it’s a good idea to test for asbestos before you start scraping away. Asbestos was used widely for many decades prior and if it’s present, you’ll need to hire a dedicated service to get it removed from the house.
  • Protect the floor. Once you test and are sure it doesn’t contain any asbestos, it’s time to get to work. The first part of your popcorn ceiling removal process begins with being proactive. Move all furniture and decor out of the room. It’s also a good idea to ventilate as much as possible, so open windows and doors. Lay plastic and/or drop cloths across the floor for protection.
  • Soften the ceiling. With a basic garden sprayer, moisten the surface of the cottage cheese ceiling to soften it so it is easier to scrape away. Don’t soak the ceiling because you do not want the moisture to absorb through the texture and the ceiling material itself. However, you should allow 10 to 15 minutes to pass so the texture is amply softened.
  • Scrape the texture away. Using a scraper, start scraping the texture away. Be careful when scraping around crown molding so you don’t cut into or mar it with the edge of the scraper.

If you need remodeling debris disposal, go ahead and phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away.

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