Textured Ceiling Debris DisposalThe first thing you have to do when starting a textured ceiling removal project is to plan for the 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). —SourceFor 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.
Lakeland Textured Ceiling Removal GuideSo, let’s get to it. If you’re tired of looking at that popcorn ceiling or are freshly moved in and don’t want to tolerate it, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Here’s a quick textured ceiling guide you can follow:
- Test for asbestos. Before you start to scrape away, be sure that it’s safe to do so and test for asbestos. You can pick up a kit at your local home improvement store. If it’s negative, proceed. If it tests positive for asbestos, you’ll need to hire a professional.
- Cover up the floor. Next, you’ll need to cover the floor beneath to protect it from falling debris. Spread out drop cloths and/or plastic across the floor to not only catch falling debris and to protect the flooring.
- Spray softening solution. Use a gentle spray solution to spritz the texture itself but do not soak it or the moisture will creep into the ceiling itself. Let it soften and then monitor it for a short time.
- Scrape the texture away. Once the texture is soft, you can then begin to scrape it away from the ceiling. Do this with caution so you don’t mar or gouge the ceiling underneath the texture.