How to Remove Popcorn Ceiling

Does your home ceiling still have so-called “popcorn”, “cottage cheese” or “stucco” texture? With the sharp valleys and peaks, this texture was the standard for bedroom in the 1960s, but it often contained hazardous white asbestos, a mineral that’s linked to asbestosis and mesothelioma, so it has fallen out of favour. Have you considered getting rid of it? Removing popcorn ceilings is rather easy, although working on the project is a good workout for your shoulders.

Check over here what tools and materials are required for this project.

  • Not used before garden sprayer with a hose.
  • Ladder or stepstool.
  • Ceiling texture scraper, 10-12-inch drywall knife or putty knife.
  • Painters tape not to scratch your walls upon removal.
  • Spackle or drywall compound to patch the damaged ceiling.
  • Plastic sheeting to cover walls and the floor.
  • Garbage bags.

If these ordinary tools and materials are ready, let’s get started.

  1. Hire professionals to check for asbestos and lead paint as these hazardous issues may affect older homes: asbestos contained within the texture and lead within the paint covering.
  2. 2. Clear out the room, cover walls and floor. Removing ceiling popcorn is a very messy project. To avoid doing more cleaning-up later on, remove all lightweight furniture from the room completely and cover remaining items. Attach plastic painter’s film to the walls; stick the masking tape edge along the juncture between the walls and ceiling; cover the flooring with the plastic sheeting. Tape sheeting together for added protection. Be careful as plastic can be slippery underfoot. Put the fan for additional ventilation.
  3. Spray the ceiling with warm water, leave it for about 15 minutes, if your ceiling is not painted, or continue spraying, if your ceiling was painted with a coat of flat paint. Don’t be afraid to soak it well. Don’t wet the whole ceiling at once, as sections will dry before you get to them.
  4. When the texture material has the consistency of cottage cheese, scrape off the texture with wide scraper at first. Use the narrower scrapers along the edges and in corners.
  5. Increase the temperature and air ventilation to let the ceiling dry.
  6. Fix scratches, gouges and shallow holes applying spackle or dust-control drywall compound. Sand smooth with a sanding pole and screen. Vacuum up and wipe any remaining dirt or debris. Now the ceiling is ready for priming and painting.