Easy Ways to Remove Popcorn Ceiling

popcorn texture
Textured Ceiling or Textured Walling

Each of us has our design and style for the home. My style? It is Scandi or Nordic style. I do love the wood and soft tones. If the wall is a blank space, I can place a big wall frame, mural painting, and wall sticker. A lot of options to choose from, but it depends on you. There is one thing that keeps me wondering - the ceiling. While searching the web, I stumbled on these words: stucco, popcorn ceiling or stucco popcorn ceiling. I am not familiar with these words. I do further research for more information to make me understand each word.

Popcorn ceiling (also named acoustic ceiling) is one of the textured types of finish that looks like a corn kernel and rocky. The stucco ceiling refers to the popcorn ceilings used by the Northern Americans. The only difference with stucco is it has a design.

From the 1930s to 1990, popcorn ceiling was a hotcake- popular and trending for making your ceiling look good. 

The advantage of using this textured finish like popcorn is to conceal cracks, dents and other ceiling defects. It is well-hidden by the finish painting or spray. The popcorn ceiling is economical and less expensive. For contractors, it preserves the time and energy to work on the roof. It absorbs the sound. It cancels the loud noises and extreme sounds from your neighbour or nearby.

Whenever there are good advantages, there are also disadvantages to count on. Have you observed the texture of the popcorn ceiling? It is thick, rough and pretty tough. It is laborious to paint the acoustic or popcorn ceiling instead of a smooth surface.

In addition, if the popcorn ceiling is damaged, you will reconstruct it from the beginning. If you repair the damaged portion, it will show signs of disparities. If you are cleaning the ceiling or wall, it's dusty. The clouds of dust will fly everywhere.

Popcorn ceiling found to contain Asbestos. Asbestos is a term for a natural occurrence of minerals composed of flexible fibres. These are resistive to heat, electricity and corrosion, which make these qualities useful. Despite that, if you're exposing yourself to Asbestos for a long time, it is highly toxic. Due to health hazards, they prohibited it from using in 1977.

Sample of Stucco Ceiling and Moulding

Now, which is which? Are you planning to remove the stucco popcorn ceiling or the stuck-o popcorn ceiling? You decide. 

Removing the Popcorn Ceiling
As for me, getting rid of the popcorn ceiling will make your home look more attractive and modern. Getting rid of or removing it can be challenging. It's not a quick process which is also time-consuming. However, there are some things you can do to make the removal process easier and faster. Here's what you need to do:

  • Test the popcorn ceiling (whether it has Asbestos or not) before you start the removal. If it does, then better ask for professionally licensed individuals 

  •  Identify if your stucco/popcorn ceiling is composed of loose or tightly-bound pieces. Detached stucco popcorn ceilings are simple to remove than tightly bound ones, but they still require some work.

  • If it is not, then you can do it yourself to prepare and get together the essential tools for stucco popcorn removal like masks or safety goggles, a ladder, spray paint, putty knife, chisel or small metal tool, plastic sheets or drop cloths

  • Protect walls, floors and yourself first. It's for your safety. If there is furniture around, you can remove them as well before placing plastic sheets or drop cloths.

  • Remove the trim around your windows to avoid getting in the way when you're working on the ceiling.

  • Get a can of start to spray paint and a rag.

  • Spray the ceiling with a can of spray paint. Try not to get any on your clothes or skin, but if you do, wipe it off as soon as possible.

  • When the ceiling covers in paint, let it dry for about an hour before removing it.

  • Remove the staples holding up the stucco (don't use nails larger than 1/4 inch).

  • Remove the stucco from around each light fixture using a putty knife or chisel to chip away at the drywall around each window frame until you get close enough to use an electrician's hammer or pry bar on them without damaging anything else.

  • If it's few, use an ice pick or a small metal tool (such as a screwdriver) to pry at the joints between each piece of stucco. 

Lastly, once you've removed all of the pieces from their joints, use a wire brush to scrub away any remaining mortar dust and debris from your walls and ceilings.

There you go! I hope these tips will help you in removing stucco popcorn ceiling or popcorn ceiling removal. Thanks for reading.

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