Textured Ceiling Disposal OptionsHomeowners 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 List.comSo, 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.
Rancho Mirage DIY Popcorn Ceiling RemovalAs for the actual popcorn ceiling removal, if you’re seriously committed to doing it yourself, you’ll need a few things. An asbestos test kit, plastic or drop cloths, eye protection, dust masks, light gloves, spray bottles, and scrapers.
- Test for asbestos. Asbestos was a common ingredient in decades past, so, you should buy a test kit to know for sure. Test the ceiling to ensure that it doesn’t contain any harmful elements.
- Cover 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.
- Use a solution to soften the ceiling texture. There are different solutions and mixes to use to spray onto the texture to soften it for removal.
- Scrape the texture away from the ceiling. Using a scraper, start scraping the texture away. Be careful when scraping around crown moulding so you don’t cut into or mar it with the edge of the scraper.