How To Remove Textured “Popcorn” Ceilings

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Textured popcorn ceilings went out of style years ago, but many older homes—and some new ones—still have them. While taking down a textured ceiling is not that difficult, it can be a messy job that requires work and special safety precautions.

Hazards

There are two potential problems that can turn removing a textured ceiling into a DIY nightmare:

  • Asbestos: Acoustic texture manufactured before 1980 may contain asbestos and should be tested before being removed. While it doesn’t pose a health risk if left in place, removing a ceiling containing asbestos can stir up the fibers and cause them to become trapped in your lungs.
  • Painted Ceiling: Another potential problem that can make removing a popcorn ceiling much more difficult is if paint has been applied over the texture. This prevents the texture from absorbing water, which is necessary to loosen the material.

More information about the dangers of Asbestos in Your Home can be found on the Environmental Protection Agency website. For testing instructions to determine if your ceiling has been painted follow link for details and full article for removal of unpainted textures. http://www.todayshomeowner.com/removing-textured-popcorn-ceilings/

This article has some great tips on prep, asbestos testing and texture removal for unpainted surfaces. But the suggestions for painted texture removal I would highly recommend against. “While a painted textured ceiling can be removed, it usually requires the application of a chemical stripper to breakdown the paint barrier.” DON’T DO IT!!! Using chemical strippers inside your home is extremely hazardous to you and your families health. Most chemical strippers are toxic and contain carcinogenic cancer causing substances.

EcoSolve Americas has the solution for safe painted textured coating removal with X-Tex Textured Coating Remover. Finally a water based fume free texture remover that is completely safe to use indoors. X-Tex has a no drip gel that can penetrate multiple layers of paint and texture coatings with less mess and no health hazards. X-Tex has a wet working system that keeps material being removed wet for a dust free removal experience. Visit the EcoSolve website for more info on X-Tex and where to buy! http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ Watch the latest how to You Tube video by EcoSolve to see X-Tex removing textured wall coatings! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZbXcac0jR4

1203    These types of Do It Yourself projects can save you money and increase the value of your  home. The work is easier than you think and extremely rewarding. Removing textured coatings from your home is a great way to change and update the look of your home! Thanks for reading subscribe to the EcoSolve Blog for more great posts and we’ll see you next time!
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