Popcorn ceiling removal doesn't take an experienced and licensed contractor but it this DIY project is very labor intensive. It's actually not difficult, it's just a whole lot of monotonous, backbreaking work. But, you can do a textured ceiling removal on your own, if desired. You only need a few basic tools and materials, along with a sufficient amount of time. Otherwise, the popcorn ceiling removal steps are quite straightforward.
Popcorn Ceiling Removal Steps
If you've done home improvement projects before, like a linoleum flooring removal job, you know it's more about perseverance than anything else. It's going to take time and patience to pull off. So, if you have enough time and the will to see it through to the end, you can do it on your own or with the help of a few friends. You might wonder why it's even there in the first place. After all, it's not very attractive.
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.com
Well, the purpose of popcorn or cottage cheese or textured ceilings are to cover flaws in the ceiling behind them. If you have ever removed a kitchen soffit, it's somewhat like that -- hiding seams and other flaws which aren't aesthetically pleasing. So, understand what's underneath might need a little TLC to look its best. Here are the popcorn ceiling removal steps you can follow to get the job done:
- 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.
- Cover the floor and doorway(s). Next, if the ceiling tests negative of asbestos, you need to cover the floor with drop cloths and close off the doorways with plastic. Although the debris won't be completely contained in the room, this will greatly cut down on it getting everywhere.
- Soften the texture with solution. You can easily find premade softening solutions at any home improvement store. This is what you'll use to soften the texture so you can scrape it away from the actual ceiling underneath. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully for the best results.
- Scrape the texture off the ceiling. When the texture is soft enough, test a small area to see if it comes away clean from the ceiling. Do this with caution, because it's very easy to accidentally gouge the ceiling, which will then need repair.
If you’re going to remove a popcorn ceiling, phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away before you start to schedule remodeling debris removal.