Popcorn Ceiling Removal


If you're tired of those outdated cottage cheese ceiling accents, you may want to scrape them off on your own. However, popcorn ceiling removal is much more complex than you may think. Here's what you should know about popcorn ceiling removal before you begin.

If your home was built before 1973, you have to consider the possibility of asbestos in your ceilings, since it’s use was banned in 1972.  You should have the ceiling tested for asbestos, and if present, will require specialized removal from a team specially trained and equipped to safely remove asbestos.  If your home was built after 1972 or you have eliminated the possibility of asbestos, the work can begin.

First, you will need to prepare for the mess that drops from the ceiling by ensuring that all furniture and surfaces are covered with plastic or drop cloths. This includes anything that will come in contact with the ceiling material, including furniture, drapes, countertops, electronics, and anything else that you can think of.

Now you need to focus on protecting the building from the dust created when removing the popcorn ceiling. On top of the drop cloths and protective covers used to cover items in the room, you should turn off the HVAC system and cover your vents to prevent dust from entering the vents and being circulated through the entire building, not just the rooms where the work is being performed.

Once all your protective measures are in place for the building, you need personal protective equipment.  This means a mask, goggles, and overalls or long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, since all the work is performed overhead.

Popcorn ceiling removal can be very messy and exhausting, since all the work is performed overhead.  Remember that you need to keep the room covered the entire time the popcorn ceiling is being removed, so if the project spans several days, the room really isn’t usable until you’re done.  Hiring a professional drywall contractor to remove it is often the best way to go, since they will be able to minimize the mess and work quickly since they are accustomed to this type of work.

Midland Drywall Contractors is one of the top popcorn ceiling removal companies in the Midland Odessa area, and we’ve got lots of happy customers enjoying the sleek, modern ceilings we left them with after removing their popcorn ceilings.  Give us a call today to get your projects done right!

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