Remodeling Debris DisposalHomeowners choose to remove popcorn ceilings for a variety of reasons — chief among these are its strange appearance. And, when you take down a popcorn or cottage cheese ceiling, you’ll create a whole lot of debris and waste. Which means, you’ll need a way to dispose of the debris thereafter.
When considering a popcorn ceiling removal project, the first step should always be to test it for asbestos. Homes built prior to 1980 were often constructed using building materials that contained asbestos in paint texture, including textured ceilings and patching compounds, but its use was banned after it was found to cause lung disease and cancer. —Angie’s ListSo, do yourself a favor and schedule a local junk removal service to come by and clean up. Take advantage of the opportunity and offload a bunch of other junk at the same time to free up more space.
Popcorn Ceiling Removal in Punta GordaAny contractor or stalwart do-it-yourselfer that’s taken-on this project will no doubt tell you how hard it is and how disruptive it is to your daily life. If you aren’t detoured, you can do this project on your own. Here’s a basic textured or popcorn ceiling removal guide to follow:
- 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.