Removing Popcorn Ceiling by a Professional Painting Company can Save you Time and Effort
Whether you hate the style or not, popcorn ceilings were once one of the most popular additions to newly built or decorated homes in the 1960s and 70s. Mainly used in hallways and bedrooms, this textured effect was made possible by the way the paint was either sprayed or applied to the ceilings itself. Asbestos was used in the majority of popcorn ceiling styles and is now considered very dangerous to remove with lead paint and other harmful painting materials. This is why so many people are now hiring professionals to remove the popcorn ceiling, and bring back a fresh look and healthy environment to their homes.
The Dangers Involved in the Removal of Popcorn Ceilings
The true dangers lie in the asbestos in the popcorn paint material itself, so it should be treated with great respect. Always hire a professional who is trained to deal with asbestos handling and removal, so you do not to cause harm or injury to you or your family.Preparing the room is the most important step in the removal of a popcorn ceiling, so remove all of the furniture in the room before you start and lay down some protective cloths to help pick up every last part of the popcorn itself.
If the popcorn ceiling was installed before 1979, get the ceiling tested for asbestos and you will save yourself a lot of bother later on in the process.
Make sure that you are using a face mask that is HEPA or otherwise at a proficient level to protect against the substance you are using. Do not try to remove an asbestos ceiling if you are not fully trained in handling and disposal of the material – call a professional.
Breaking Down the Adhesive Bonds
The next step in the process is the spraying of the ceiling with a number of different specialist liquids to help remove the popcorn. Usually, water is used to remove non-toxic popcorn ceiling which allows the ceiling to absorb the water and break down the adhesive bonds that keep it on the ceiling. Once this is done, the popcorn will be much easier to remove.After the ceiling is sprayed, you must wait for a period of time to allow the popcorn to absorb the moisture. After this period, it is now time to start to scrape the popcorn off of the ceiling with a specialist tool. Ceiling texture scrapers, putty knifes or Artex scrapers are mainly used to remove the popcorn ceiling, making sure that no damage is done to the ceiling work underneath it.
Let a Professional Handle Dangerous and Toxic Materials
Removing the popcorn ceiling is done very carefully, ensuring that each individual piece is removed metre by metre. Leaving parts on the ceiling will not only look ugly, but may in fact danger your health if it is found to contain asbestos. Asbestos is never used these days because of its harmful effects.Hiring a professional painting and decorating company is the only wise choice if you have asbestos-containing popcorn ceiling. They have been trained in the handling and disposal of asbestos and can follow the national and international guidelines on how it should be dealt with. Only a professional with experience and training, such as those at Premier Painting should be trusted to handle dangerous and toxic materials, which in the long run will saving you time, money and your own health in the process.