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How to Remove Popcorn Ceiling

Step 1: Test for Asbesto

Scrape a small ceiling area and send the sample to a lab for analysis. If asbestos is present, hire a professional to remove it. Don’t take any risks with your health. 

Step 2: Prepare the Room

Remove or cover all furniture. Ensure you have safety equipment like gloves, masks, and goggles ready. 

Step 3: Moisten the Ceiling

Fill a garden sprayer with water. Spray the ceiling evenly, making sure it’s thoroughly damp. Let the water soak in for 15-20 minutes. This will loosen the texture and make scraping easier. 

Step 4: Scrape Off the Popcorn Texture

Use a wide putty knife to scrape off the popcorn texture gently. Work in small sections to keep the task manageable. Be gentle to avoid damaging the drywall underneath. 

Step 5: Smooth the Ceiling

Once dry, sand the ceiling until smooth. A pole sander can help you do this without making a mess.