Nearly every home in the year 1970s went through the trend of adding popcorn ceiling in every other room in the home, or to their kitchen and bathroom as well. It has been 40 years already since the trend of popcorn ceiling is at its peak of popularity. However today, most homeowners wanted to get rid of those acoustic textured ceilings. They wanted to know how to remove popcorn ceiling avoid the harmful effect of asbestos which present in most popcorn ceiling, and also to remove the dirt, mold, and dust which is usually trapped in popcorn ceilings.
Before going to the entire process of removing popcorn ceiling, it is necessary to take some of these important considerations below:
• The first thing you need to do is to survey your rooms for the presence of asbestos in popcorn ceilings. Popcorn ceiling built from the early 70s contain asbestos. If you could feel that there is asbestos present in your ceilings, then don’t ever do the procedure on your own, instead, remove a small piece of the popcorn ceiling and send it in for testing. You must contact professionals who can do the proper removal and disposal of popcorn ceilings to reduce the risk of cancer from asbestos. You can only remove popcorn ceiling on your own if your ceiling is asbestos free.
• Popcorn ceiling removal can be done by professionals with the help of the latest technology and designs and transform your ceiling into a drywall finish.
• When the complete round of scratching and scraping is done, a new coat of paint on the ceiling is being applied. Just make sure that you do not come in contact with the flaking of the asbestos and the harmful particles that are released in the air. The design of the ceiling can be restored after the asbestos has been removed.
After making sure that your popcorn ceiling is asbestos free, you can to the removal of those popcorn on your own. You can start the process by preparing the materials for the job the night before. Make sure that you prepared get all of the supplies that you will need before you begin to remove the popcorn ceiling. Gathering the things needed would help you save time and at the same time to avoid being messy.
The things you need to prepare are the following:
• Protective clothing
• Painter’s tape
• Drop cloth
• Plastic tarps
• Dishwashing liquid
• Spray bottle
• Drywall knife
• Lightweight drywall joint compound
• Pole and sanding pad
Steps On How To Remove Popcorn Ceiling
Prepare the Room
Removing a popcorn ceiling is a messy job so it is best to remove first the furniture and items in the room. Lay plastic sheeting over all flooring and cover all doorways to help prevent the spread of dust. Take your time to cover every corner and use a strip of painter’s tape to attach the edge of the sheet to the wall. Then, put a window fan in the window for added ventilation.
Spray the Ceiling
To soften the ceiling texture and help to break down the adhesive bond making scraping easier, wet down the ceiling with the use of a spraying bottle. Let the water penetrate the texture for several minutes.
Scrape the Ceiling
When the popcorn texture has absorbed the water, you could your drywall knife to scrape the texture off letting it fall to the floor on your plastic sheeting. You should be able to get a majority of it removed. After you remove textured popcorn ceiling properly, let the ceiling dry completely. Then your new smooth ceiling is ready to be painted.
With the help of these steps, you’ll surely have an idea now on how to remove popcorn ceiling.