Removing a textured ceiling can be a messy and labor-intensive process. We accomplish this by the following steps to safely remove a textured ceiling:
- We start by preparing the room: We cover the floor with drop cloths or plastic sheeting to catch falling debris. Then we remove any furniture or items from the room that could be damaged during the removal process. We will turn off the power to the room by turning off the circuit breaker or removing the fuse.
- We Identify the type of texture: There are several types of textured ceilings, including popcorn, knockdown, and orange peel. Knowing the type of texture will help us determine the best way to remove it.
- We Remove any fixtures: Light fixtures, ceiling fans, and vent covers should be removed before starting the textured ceiling removal process.
- We Create small holes: Using a putty knife or drywall saw, we create small holes in the textured ceiling. This will help us to identify the type of texture, and also allows us to remove the texture in small sections.
- We Scrape the texture: We use a scraper or a putty knife to remove the texture from the ceiling. We are careful not to damage the drywall underneath.
- We Vacuum the debris: We use a vacuum or broom and dustpan to remove the debris from the floor. Then we empty the debris into a sealed trash bag to prevent the release of dust in the air.
- We Repeat the process: We continue the process of creating small holes, scraping, and vacuuming until the entire textured ceiling is removed.
- We Sand the ceiling: Once all the texture is removed, we use a fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface of the drywall.
- We Skim the entire ceiling with drywall mud to achieve the smooth surface our client desires. Then we sand in between coats until we have the look we want. This will prepare the surface for painting or applying a new texture.
It’s important to note that some types of texture, such as popcorn texture, may contain asbestos, which can be a health hazard if inhaled. If your textured ceiling is more than 30 years old, it’s recommended to have it tested for asbestos before removing it. If it has asbestos, we will wear protective clothing and have a full respirator set up.