Popcorn ceilings were very popular between 1950s and 1980s. They were affordable and were quite easy to install. It was the standard in many homes back then, especially fir bedrooms and hallways.
They were not only easy to install but also cost effective; the smooth ceiling finish of popcorn were opted for since they hid the imperfections. There was no need of smoothing out flaws in the ceiling because the sprayed material covered it. Popcorn ceilings have acoustical traits and have the ability to keep sound against traveling, which is reason as to why they were the best in the bedrooms.
However, popcorn ceilings are not favored anymore by buyers and homeowners. As a matter of fact, these ceilings are considered unattractive, which is reason enough for many homeowners to be doing popcorn removal from homes since 1980s. The fact that asbestos is found here makes popcorn removal very crucial.
If you are like other homeowners in the market who still have these ceilings in the home, you have now known that it is time accept that it is time to allow them to go. If that is the case, it is vital to bring in a professional from PBN who has specialized in popcorn removal to remove this material in favor of a smooth ceiling finish that has an aesthetic appeal.
To make this job effective, there are things you can do to prepare the home for the removal of the knockdown texture.
Seal the floors off
It is time to face it. Popcorn removal is a process that is messy. All the material being scraped turns into minor particles of dust that can get to all places including the ducts.
Before the removal of popcorn ceilings, the floors have to be covered completely from one wall to the next. To do this, you will require thick sheets of plastic that will be tapped down at each wall so that the floors are fully covered. You will then use the contractor paper to add a new layer on the thick plastic for there to be no chance to slip when working around.
The paper is placed since it will absorb moisture that can accumulate in the area. To remove popcorn ceiling material with the help of the scratching method, water will have to get sprayed on top for the material to soften. Spraying will make it easy to scrape off the material and come up with a knockdown texture on the ceiling. However, spraying water on the ceilings means that water will fall on the floor. By laying paper on top of the plastic sheet, water will get absorbed effectively.
To prevent popcorn material against getting into the hallway and other areas of the home, you might consider closing other sections of the home like the doorways leading out of the room. This will be helpful in making the cleaning job easier after the material has been eliminated from the ceiling.
In case you have a plan of leaving furniture in rooms where you are removing popcorn ceilings, you will have to protect them from noise and other dust particles.
For that reason, it is crucial to cover all pieces of furniture. Get a transparent plastic sheet and cover each piece fully, including the back. After doing so, put every piece against the wall.
You will have to take a secondary sheet and cover them in the layer, but this one will cover furniture in the front. The topmost part of the sheet of plastic will be tapped against the wall above the furniture to prevent popcorn ceiling material from falling behind furniture when it is being removed.
You need to make sure that both plastic sheets cover the furniture completely and go directly to the bottom. When you cover furniture in this manner, all popcorn ceilings material will slide off on the floor, protecting furniture and containing the material of furniture at the same time.