2022 Popcorn Ceiling Removal Cost (Prices, Pictures, & Options) (2022)

Popcorn Ceiling Removal Cost

The average cost to remove popcorn ceiling is between $1,010 and $2,260 with most homeowners spending about $1,710. Contractors typically charge $1 to $2 per square foot for removal of popcorn ceilings.

Popcorn Ceiling Removal Cost
National Average Cost$1,710
Minimum Cost$300
Maximum Cost$4,800
Average Range$1,010to$2,260

While popcorn ceilings were in every home a few decades ago, they can now lower the value of your home because they look so outdated, not to mention their ability to catch dust and host spiders’ webs.

Popcorn removal is an incredibly messy process and not for the faint of heart, so while it’s much more time effective to hire a professional to do this for you, not to mention the beauty of having someone else clean up the mess, it’s possible to do this yourself.

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Popcorn Ceiling

*If you have an older home, it’s likely that your popcorn is made of asbestos, which is a known carcinogen, especially for lung cancer. If it is, you’ll have to hire a professional to remove it.

*Once removed, you’ll need to refinish the ceiling. Expect to pay a total cost of $2–$2.50/sqft to remove the (non-asbestos) popcorn, texture the substrate, and paint = $3,600–$4,500 for an 1,800 sqft home.

This pricing guide covers:

  1. Asbestos risk
  2. Scrape test
  3. Cons to DIY
  4. Alternatives to removing popcorn
  5. Choosing your contractor
  6. Get free estimates

Asbestos risk

If your home was built before 1986, you may have asbestos in your ceiling. While it was banned for residential use in 1978, any asbestos contractors had in stock for years after then could be used or resold, and it was. The biggest problem with asbestos is that it is airborne, so any kind of disturbance can cause particles to be released and mix with your indoor air.

You must take care of the asbestos risk first.

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Onsite testing

Asbestos Test TypeAverage Cost
Standard onsite sampling$250 – $750
Air monitoring test$400 – $1200
Official AHERA inspection$250 – $1000 per sample
If asbestos is detected, a full inspection is required$400 – $800

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Popcorn Ceiling with Asbestos

DIY testing kits

Can be purchased to test for asbestos for about $40. Given the potential for hazardous exposure should asbestos become frias, and tainted results, the safest option is to look for an EPA-licensed professional to carry out the testing in your home. A directory of state offices can be found on the EPA website.

You can buy a test kit at your local hardware store or online. Be sure to buy the test that includes the lab test in the purchase. Alternatively, take a sample yourself and drop it off at a local lab to test for about $150 for an immediate result, or about $70 for a 24-hour result.

If it comes back positive (more than 1%), you have two choices, based on your local and state regulations for residential asbestos:

  1. Contain/encapsulate the asbestos with a new gypsum board or drywall. $2–$6/sqft
  2. Hire an asbestos abatement contractor to remove it before hiring the painters. Contact three contractors for a bid to get an accurate cost. Safe removal and disposal costs $10–$20/sqft. Expect to pay a minimum charge of $1,500–$2,500 because of setup, containment, air handling, and final cleanup testing.

Never start any type of popcorn removal yourself until you get the all-clear on the presence of asbestos. Once asbestos becomes airborne, you risk the lungs of everyone in the home—exposure can cause multiple nonmalignant lung and pleural disorders. Find a contractor who does remodeling and asbestos abatement so you can take care of both needs in one.

Be aware that homeowners’ insurance will not cover asbestos removal.

Popcorn Removal Scrape Test

To see how easy or difficult it might be to scrape the popcorn off your ceilings and resurface them, you can do a scrape test with a 4” utility knife or a drywall knife, but spray a small corner of the ceiling with some warm water and leave it to soak in. If it doesn’t, you might have gloss or semigloss paint over the popcorn, which will make the job very difficult. You can either decide between these options:

  1. Call in the pros
  2. Cover it up with newer drywall or other ceiling material
  3. Scrape it all off while dry

Some contractors recommended dry scraping because of the mess of wet popcorn, and because any water added to the ceiling could cause it to expand and crack down the road.

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Popcorn Ceiling Scraping

You might be tempted to use a power sander to remove the popcorn—not a good idea, as the dust can fill your lungs for days afterward. Check out telescoping scrapers: you attach a trash bag to one and start scraping.

Popcorn Removal Process

The worst part of removing popcorn ceiling is the huge mess it makes. It turns into a sludgy, soggy mess that drops on everything, so the biggest favor you can do for yourself is be very thorough with your room prep before any removal work begins.

Preparation

  1. Create a walking path—protect all the flooring—from the curb into each room of the house with a ceiling that needs popcorn removed.
  2. Move out as much furniture as possible.
  3. Remove light fixtures, fans, and ceiling vents.
  4. Stuff recessed lighting spaces with newspaper, cover electric wiring outlets with painter’s tape, and turn off power to them.
  5. Turn off heating and cooling and cover ceiling vent holes.
  6. Protect the entire room from the mess in advance. Cover the floors and walls with plastic sheeting and plastic drop cloths. Pre-taped plastic sheeting can be a godsend. Don’t use canvas drop cloths because of the amount of water you’ll need to spray on the ceiling, and because of the amount of cleanup necessary after. Remove alarm sensors and smoke detectors.

Pre-scraping

  1. Wear a dust mask and eye protection.
  2. Spray a light mist of warm water on a 4’ x 4’ section of the ceiling evenly. For DIY projects, you can use a garden pump sprayer or pesticide sprayer. Professionals are likely to use an airless spray rig.
  3. Once the water has soaked in, after about 15 minutes, test it to see if it has softened. If it hasn’t, spray a second time.

Scrape

  1. Set up the ladder/scaffolding/lift and begin scraping with a 6”–12” scraper—with long stokes rather than a back-and-forth motion. Repeat in 4’ increments until the ceiling is fully scraped. Consider using a container or pan, like a mud pan, to catch all the scrapings as you scrape—it will minimize the amount of cleanup.
  2. Your scraper has sharp edges that can catch on the ceiling and dig into the drywall inadvertently. Some contractors will avoid this by rounding the points of the scraper with a file or sander.

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Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Repair substrate

  1. Because scraping usually damages the sheetrock somewhat, it will need to be repaired once all the water had dried out. Replace any damaged drywall tape. Fill in any holes with wall filler, cracks with latex caulk, and larger holes with drywall patches.
  2. The sheetrock joints must be recoated. and smooth out uneven areas.

Textures

It’s recommended that you match the ceiling texture to the texture of the walls. The cost to texture drywall is $0.80 to $2.00 per square foot for walls and ceilings.

Common forms of texture - $0.80/sqft

Spatter finish – applied with a spatter gun and overspray is scraped.

Knockdown – a uniform blotchy look that’s made by watering down joint compound and spatter blowing it on the ceiling.

Skip trowel or imperial – similar to knockdown but more randomly applied. The finish looks like Spanish stucco.

Crow’s foot – drywall compound is slapped, brushed, or rolled onto the wall.

Orange peel – looks very like the bumps on an unpeeled orange. Thinned joint compound is applied with a long-nap paint roller. Choose between a fine, medium, or coarse surface.

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Smooth ceiling - $1.45/sqft

Skim with a thin layer of joint compound. Sand it smooth. Don’t over sand, or you will damage the ceiling.

Some popcorn removal contractors specialize in texturing walls and ceilings and can recommend the best options, like in Chicago, IL, who “specialize in textures, sponges, pinstripes.”

Finishes

Prime and paint. Oil-based primer works well. Painting labor is approx. $38/hour.

Cons to DIY

  1. If you have any type of neck problems, this is not the job for you.
  2. Lots of clean up prep work and post removal cleanup throughout the house.
  3. Damage to the substrate, which might end up costing more to fix.
  4. You have no warranty on the labor.

Jonesco Total Home Services in Addison, TX, says, “We will address any and all project or repair situation with guaranteed results physically and financially. Our labor warranties cover ... performance and labor installs for life. And it’s 100% transferable if you ever sell your property.”

Alternatives to removing popcorn

If your current substrate is old and unable to handle the scraping, Armstrong Ceilings suggests you could be better off doing one of the following:

Beadboard – Nail sheets of beadboard to the ceiling. It’ll give your ceiling a light cottage look. $2.50–$4.20/sqft (for Armstrong products)

Metal – Nail or screw in patterned metal tiles, with options in brass, copper, chrome, white, or lacquered steel. $4–$9 or more/sqft

Decorative plaster or tin-look tiles - 12" x 12" mineral fiber tiles. “Apply it directly to the ceiling using Armstrong's Easy Up installation system or adhesive.” $1–$2.50/sqft

Wood-look ceiling planks – for a country home feel. $2.50–$4.20/sqft

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Drywall – cover with a new drywall. This will lower your ceiling by about 1”, which could lower your resale value but can add the benefit of insulating your attic better. Some contractors say to use gypsum board rather than standard sheetrock because it’s lighter. Screw it into the frames and mud and tape before painting.

Consider renting a drywall lift to hold up and position the drywall as you screw it in place if you’re doing this job alone. Rent one from your local home improvement store for the day for $35–$40 or for four hours for about $25.

Plaster – skim coat with plaster or quick-setting drywall mud/spackle over the existing popcorn.

Add $25–$40/hour for labor — this cost will vary depending on where the home is and local labor costs. An experienced HomeGuide remodeling contractor will be able to remove your popcorn or do any of these installations for you.

Hiring your popcorn ceiling removal contractor

Get bids from 3 – 5 contractors for the project. Many companies give free bids or estimates, like Tex Painting in Round Rock, TX, who offers “free no obligation estimates 7 days a week.

Look for companies who include as many as possible of the following criteria:

  • In business for a number of years, like Chicago Service Group, Inc operating for 25 years in Chicago, IL
  • A or A+ rated on Better Business Bureau
  • Licensed, insured, and bonded
  • A portfolio of before and after photos
  • A scheduled begin and end date
  • Include setup and cleanup costs in the bid
  • Include a warranty on labor and materials used
  • EPA approved and certified—if you hire them to do both the asbestos abatement and remodel
  • Reviews on HomeGuide showing a history of efficiency and excellence

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FAQs

How much does it cost to get popcorn ceilings removed? ›

According to painting experts, popcorn ceiling removal costs range from $1,923 to $3,876 with an average price of $2,899 to hire a professional. The average sqft cost to remove popcorn ceilings ranges from $5 to $9 per square foot. This includes all labor, preparation work, and materials to do the job right.

How much does it cost to remove popcorn ceiling and Retexture? ›

Cost to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling and Retexture It. The national average cost to remove a popcorn ceiling and retexture a 10' x 30' room ranges from $900 to $2,500. After removing the popcorn ceiling, it is recommended to retexture it to match the walls.

How much does popcorn ceiling cost installed? ›

Cost to Spray Popcorn Ceiling

Spraying a popcorn ceiling costs approximately $800 for 500 square feet or $1.60 per square foot. This estimate includes preparation and painting. Most homeowners spend between $700 and $880 for a typical popcorn ceiling.

How long does it take a professional to remove popcorn ceiling? ›

For experienced DIYers or professionals, estimates say it can take about 20 hours to remove 500 square feet of popcorn from the ceiling. For the less experienced, it will likely be longer, and it can also be quite difficult on your body, with all that time on a ladder.

What is the cheapest way to cover a popcorn ceiling? ›

The cheapest ways to cover up a popcorn ceiling without removing it is by installing readily prepared ceiling planks right over it. You can also use ceiling-grade drywall panels or large pieces of fabric to conceal the texture. Panting the ceiling with eccentric shades is also a great option.

How much does it cost to smooth a ceiling? ›

The experts recommend applying drywall compound to any problem areas with a drywall knife, skimming smoothly, then priming and painting the ceiling. Expect to pay about $30 to $200 in materials to do this yourself, or about $1 to $3 per square foot for labor and materials if you hire a professional.

Are smooth ceilings worth it? ›

Smooth ceilings add visual height and spaciousness to rooms and hallways. In contrast, stippled or textured ceilings draw your focus to the texture, making the room seem smaller. Spaces with smooth ceilings maximize the light.

Is it worth removing popcorn ceiling? ›

In short, removing a popcorn ceiling can increase your home value. However, particular circumstances can affect its impact. Removing popcorn ceilings from a smaller home may not be a good use of renovation money. As long as it's in good condition, a fresh coat of paint may be the better option due to cost.

How much does it cost to skim coat over popcorn ceiling? ›

It typically costs anywhere between $1 and $1.50 per square foot for professionals to skim coat your popcorn ceilings. While you can reduce the price if you decide to do it yourself, remember that there are several extra tools besides just the skim coat to make it happen.

Will removing popcorn ceiling increase home value? ›

Removing popcorn ceilings will almost always increase a home's value. Not only is the design trend no longer desirable, but it also poses safety concerns for home buyers.

How do you make popcorn ceilings look good? ›

When looking for a way to dress up a ceiling with texture while also hiding that popcorn texture, consider adding wood or wood paneling. Covering the ceiling with tongue and groove wood planks, bead board, or another rustic wood plank or panel is a creative way to add interest to the ceiling and update the space.

How can I cover my popcorn ceiling without removing it? ›

There are three popular options for covering over the ceiling: covering them with ordinary drywall; using a prefinished grid-plank system such as Armstrong's Easy-Up grid system, or attaching furring strips then installing traditional tongue-and-groove planks or beadboard paneling on the ceiling.

Do you have to skim coat after removing popcorn ceiling? ›

When scraping popcorn ceilings, you'll want to use a 4-inch utility knife or a drywall knife to chip away at the texture and create a smooth surface. You'll probably need to skim it with a thin layer of joint compound to smooth out imperfections, then sand it smooth before repainting.

What do you do after removing popcorn ceiling? ›

Once the popcorn is entirely removed, you will need to begin the process of smoothing out the drywall. Fill in any dents, dings, or gouges that were created during the scraping process. You will also need to correct any areas where there are bad seams that date back to the construction of your home.

How do professionals remove popcorn ceilings? ›

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Is there a popcorn ceiling removal machine? ›

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Can a new ceiling be put over popcorn ceiling? ›

Fortunately, in most cases, it's not necessary because you can easily cover up that unsightly texture with ceiling panels or planks. Most options easily install directly over your existing popcorn ceiling using the Easy Up track and clip installation system.

Should you paint popcorn ceilings? ›

After enough time, popcorn ceilings begin to look dull, weary, and dated. Removing the popcorn texture coating is messy, but painting the popcorn ceiling is one way to bring back the ceiling's sparkle and freshness for little cost and with minimal mess.

Can you put new drywall over popcorn ceiling? ›

Yes. You can install drywall over the popcorn ceiling to cover it. Feather-light drywall panels can be installed with adhesive and then attach the panels to the ceiling joists using screws and nails. If your popcorn ceiling is 8 feet or higher, you might consider installing a drop ceiling.

What is the best ceiling texture? ›

Popcorn Ceiling Texture-

There are definitely benefits of popcorn ceilings: they are the most cost effective choice and they do not necessarily require painting.

How much does it cost to cover popcorn ceiling with drywall? ›

'Covering a popcorn ceiling costs around the same amount as any other drywall project,' says Carson, 'or around $160 to $200 for a 12-by-12 foot room. ' But that's only for the materials to cover the ceiling in drywall. The cost of other specialty options varies.

How much does it cost to get rid of textured ceiling? ›

Popcorn ceiling removal cost—when tackled by a professional—ranges from around $898 to $2,847, depending on the number of rooms, square footage, and a few other factors. Most homeowners will pay about $1,853 for the project. Saying goodbye to popcorn ceiling texture?

Is it better to skim coat or remove popcorn ceiling? ›

Covering the popcorn ceiling can save you headaches, money, and time in the long run compared to removing it. One benefit of covering popcorn ceilings is that you can cut holes in the ceiling without worrying about fussy repairs such as adding light fixtures, run networking cables, and install ceiling fans.

Does Fabric Softener help remove popcorn ceiling? ›

Number one, cover everything up, that's really important. And then, what Mike did, he took pump up sprayer, filled it up with really hot water, and then just a little bit of fabric softener, which keeps the water from evaporating so much, so that it can really help to release all of the texture from the ceiling.

Do all popcorn ceilings have asbestos? ›

Some popcorn ceilings contain up to 10% asbestos contamination. Not all popcorn ceilings have asbestos, yet those built during and before the 1980s may have a high risk for contamination.

What is the most popular ceiling texture for 2022? ›

Cue the natural elements

Wood is a popular choice, from exposed wooden beams and shiplap styles to wood slat panels that create an elevated yet still cozy aesthetic.

What is the new trend for ceilings? ›

High Gloss. One of the recent trends for ceilings is an ultra-glossy, reflective finish that shines. A glossy surface tricks the eye so the room feels larger, especially with lighter colors and furniture in place. However, the surface needs to be polished smooth so no bumps show if using paint.

What type of ceiling is popular? ›

Vaulted ceilings are among the most popular ceiling types, especially in larger homes and living rooms. This type of ceiling adds an extra layer of style and sophistication to a home.

Why do people not like popcorn ceilings? ›

So, Why Do We Hate Them So Much? Popcorn ceiling aren't for everyone. Haters tend to mention the highly porous, lumpy surfaces, which, aside from looks, catch dust and materials that can easily discolor over time.

What is the easiest way to remove popcorn ceilings? ›

Wet it With a Pump Sprayer

For easier scraping and practically no dust during popcorn ceiling removal, use a garden pump sprayer to mist the ceiling and let it soak in for about 15 minutes before scraping. Only give it a light misting—too much water could damage the drywall or loosen the joint tape.

Why do builders do popcorn ceilings? ›

Many homes built in the late 1930s through the 1990s have popcorn ceilings or some type of texture applied overhead. It was used to cover up a lot of flaws in the ceiling. It was time-effective and cost-efficient. Often called an acoustic ceiling, it also served the purpose to absorb sound and reduce noise.

What does skim coating look like? ›

What is Skim Coating? - YouTube

How hard is it to remove painted popcorn ceiling? ›

Although removing those lumps and bumps from your ceiling is not a difficult project it does require some time and muscle. Make sure that you wear an appropriate dust mask or respirator, goggles and other protective clothing.

How much does it cost to redo a ceiling? ›

Average Cost to Install a Ceiling

Installing or replacing a ceiling typically costs $933 and $2,638, or $1,775 on average, depending on what style you want, such as tray, beam and stretch ceilings. It costs $1 to $3 per square foot for basic drywall builds, while coffered ceilings are $20 to $30 per square foot.

What adds most value to a house? ›

What Home Improvements Add the Most Value?
  • Kitchen Improvements. If adding value to your home is the goal, the kitchen is likely the place to start. ...
  • Bathrooms Improvements. Updated bathrooms are key for adding value to your home. ...
  • Lighting Improvements. ...
  • Energy Efficiency Improvements. ...
  • Curb Appeal Improvements.
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Are textured ceilings back in style? ›

Recently, textured ceilings have been gaining more and more popularity as homeowners look for ways to spice up their space. In addition, home buyers typically perceive the textured style as a value add when looking for their next house.

What color are most popcorn ceilings? ›

Popcorn texture comes in standard ceiling-white and, for a uniform look, it's a good idea to prime the ceiling before spraying it on. The texture is also paintable, so if you want a color other than ceiling-white, plan on painting over the texture after it dries.

What color should I paint my popcorn ceiling? ›

Lighter shades are great for small rooms, while dark colors can help a room feel cozier when the ceilings are uncomfortably high. Other good options for painting a popcorn ceiling include light grays and yellows that help to hide the flaws.

How do you paint a popcorn ceiling without making a mess? ›

Use a feather or microfiber duster—or your vacuum with the soft bristled dusting brush attachment—to banish dust from all nooks and crannies so that it doesn't speckle the paint you apply to the popcorn ceiling.

Is it safe to cover popcorn ceiling? ›

The ceiling won't impact your health as long as you keep it encapsulated and completely undisturbed. Although both removal and covering are safe options, removing is the safest. Even though a high percentage of asbestos is worse, popcorn ceilings pose a danger even if it has a tiny asbestos percentage.

What if my popcorn ceiling has asbestos? ›

Keep the popcorn ceiling wet to prevent dust from contaminating the air. Place asbestos-containing waste in sealed and properly-labeled plastic bags. Call a trash-pickup or landfill service that is equipped to accept asbestos in advance to make arrangements for removal/disposal.

How do you tell if popcorn ceiling has been painted? ›

Spray an area of the ceiling until you see the popcorn turn a dull gray color. If the popcorn texture does not change colors, your ceiling has been painted.

Do you have to repaint walls after removing popcorn ceiling? ›

You most certainly could, but removing it first makes the painting process so much smoother. Getting the popcorn material wet could make it peel off and begin to flake, so if you do choose to paint without removing the popcorn texture, try not to paint back and forth with your roller.

How much does it cost to remove popcorn ceiling and Retexture? ›

Cost to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling and Retexture It. The national average cost to remove a popcorn ceiling and retexture a 10' x 30' room ranges from $900 to $2,500. After removing the popcorn ceiling, it is recommended to retexture it to match the walls.

How much does it cost to scrape popcorn ceiling? ›

On average, the price for removing a popcorn ceiling falls between $1 and $2 per square foot, with the average homeowner spending around $1,897. After considering labor and the room size, most homeowners spend between $903 and $2,897 on the project.

Is removing popcorn ceiling worth it? ›

In short, removing a popcorn ceiling can increase your home value. However, particular circumstances can affect its impact. Removing popcorn ceilings from a smaller home may not be a good use of renovation money. As long as it's in good condition, a fresh coat of paint may be the better option due to cost.

Does removing popcorn ceiling add value? ›

Removing popcorn ceilings will almost always increase a home's value. Not only is the design trend no longer desirable, but it also poses safety concerns for home buyers.

Should I remove popcorn ceiling myself? ›

If you discover that your popcorn ceilings contain asbestos, don't panic—and don't try to remove it yourself. Removing it will cause the particles to escape into the air, making it easy for you and your family to breathe in the carcinogens. Leaving the ceiling intact poses no dangers.

Is it safe to remove popcorn ceiling? ›

Leave the ceiling alone or hire an asbestos abatement contractor to do the work. If you remove this ceiling dry, you will contaminate your home with asbestos and expose yourself and your family to potentially high concentrations of airborne asbestos fibers. These fibers may remain in your home indefinitely.

How do professionals remove popcorn ceilings? ›

DIY How Pros Remove Popcorn Ceilings & Spray Textured Walls

Are smooth ceilings worth it? ›

Smooth ceilings add visual height and spaciousness to rooms and hallways. In contrast, stippled or textured ceilings draw your focus to the texture, making the room seem smaller. Spaces with smooth ceilings maximize the light.

How much does it cost to cover popcorn ceiling with drywall? ›

'Covering a popcorn ceiling costs around the same amount as any other drywall project,' says Carson, 'or around $160 to $200 for a 12-by-12 foot room. ' But that's only for the materials to cover the ceiling in drywall. The cost of other specialty options varies.

How do you change a popcorn ceiling to smooth? ›

Don't scrape your painted popcorn ceiling. SKIM COAT IT!!! - YouTube

Why do people not like popcorn ceilings? ›

So, Why Do We Hate Them So Much? Popcorn ceiling aren't for everyone. Haters tend to mention the highly porous, lumpy surfaces, which, aside from looks, catch dust and materials that can easily discolor over time.

How do you make popcorn ceilings look good? ›

When looking for a way to dress up a ceiling with texture while also hiding that popcorn texture, consider adding wood or wood paneling. Covering the ceiling with tongue and groove wood planks, bead board, or another rustic wood plank or panel is a creative way to add interest to the ceiling and update the space.

How do I clean my house after removing popcorn ceiling? ›

After the crew removed the plastic and the majority of the popcorn ceiling texture, we still had plenty to clean. We took a simple, methodical approach: Sweep/dry mop floors and wipe down surfaces with a dry dust cloth. Clean all counters and horizontal surfaces with a damp cloth.

How can I cover my popcorn ceiling without removing it? ›

There are three popular options for covering over the ceiling: covering them with ordinary drywall; using a prefinished grid-plank system such as Armstrong's Easy-Up grid system, or attaching furring strips then installing traditional tongue-and-groove planks or beadboard paneling on the ceiling.

Is there a popcorn ceiling removal machine? ›

POP EEZE Popeeze Popcorn Ceiling Scraper Vacuum Attachment Tool - Shop Vacuum Attachment for Removal and Repair of Acoustic Texture Ceiling - Remover of Ceiling Texture Without Bag or Mess.

Should you wear a mask when removing popcorn ceiling? ›

Keep yourself safe by wearing a dust mask or respirator, as well as safety glasses. If you're a DIYer, safety gear should already be in your possession! Next, you're going to want to wet the ceiling with a pump sprayer. This will make for easier scraping and much less dust during the removal process.

What percentage of asbestos is in popcorn ceiling? ›

Some popcorn ceilings contain up to 10% asbestos contamination. Not all popcorn ceilings have asbestos, yet those built during and before the 1980s may have a high risk for contamination.

Does all popcorn ceiling has asbestos? ›

Asbestos was officially banned from ceiling coverings in 1973. However, previously manufactured asbestos-containing products may have been installed in homes into the 1990s. Individuals who own homes built before the 1990s should assume asbestos is present in all popcorn ceilings.

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