Do you have a home that is in need of updates and some remodeling? There are some older homes that still have popcorn ceilings! The popcorn ceiling was extremely popular in homes that are older than 15 years. The look is like a bunch of crushed up popcorn and not the more modern smooth look. The ceiling is textured and is out of style so if you are stuck with this old ceiling and want to update it you need to know the best way to remove it. This is not a project for the faint of heart. It is hard to do and is very messy. McKay’s Painting outlines what you need to do to remove the old popcorn ceiling correctly.
What Tools Do You Need to Remove Popcorn Ceiling?
When you want to remove your popcorn ceiling you need to go out and get the necessary equipment. For this particular type of project you will need quite a few different tools to complete the job. If you don’t have these types of tools hanging around your house it is a good idea to hire a professional. You will need to have something to use to catch the mess which is usually a drop cloth or plastic sheeting. You can roll up the sheeting after and toss it in the trash. You also need a putty knife, floor scraper and sanding pad which will all be used to remove the popcorn ceiling. You will want to have some wash rags and soapy water to clean the roof before you have it textured and painted. You may also need some equipment to repair some areas that might be damaged.
How Do I Prep My Ceiling for Popcorn Removal?
You need to get ready to clean off the popcorn ceiling by removing as much of the furniture from the room. If there are pieces that cannot be removed you can cover them up with cloths or the sheeting. You may also want to cover any areas that you don’t want dust to get in such as outlets and switches. Now for the messy part. You will need to use a spray bottle with soapy water to soak the area that you want to work on. Allow the water to sit on the area for about ten minutes before you will be able to scrape it down. The water will also help to stop some of the dust that will occur during the process. You can use your large scraping tool to run it across the ceiling which will pull the popcorn ceiling down. You can use your smaller tool to get in small areas or corners after you have worked on the rest of the ceiling.
Clean, Texture & Paint After Removing Popcorn Ceiling
After the ceiling has been cleaned and you remove the drop cloth or the sheeting you can start to prepare the house to finish the project. The ceiling may need to be cleaned and retextured to match the walls in your home. Once the ceiling is prepared it can be painted along with the rest of the houses interior.