Removing Popcorn Ceilings: DIY vs Stretch Fabric

Are you getting tired of looking up at an old-fashioned popcorn ceiling? The textured popcorn ceiling look was all the rage of the 1970s and ’80s, however, the discovery of asbestos in the paint texture and the modernization of technology has allowed us to find a safer and more suitable solution in stretch fabrics. Before you decide to try out a stretch fabric you may be wondering if there’s a way to get rid of a popcorn ceiling yourself. Check out our tips and tricks below:

First, Test for Asbestos

Houses and buildings that were constructed before 1985 have the possibility of still containing asbestos. Asbestos is a heat resistant mineral that was found to have caused numerous cases of cancer and lung disease and should be removed immediately. Even with it being banned by the government in the late 1970s, asbestos could be commonly found in paint texture through the mid-1980s.

Before you try scraping anything yourself, you should collect a sample of the paint texture by taking a small amount from your ceiling and sending it to a lab for testing. If the test comes back positive, you should contact an asbestos professional to have it removed. If the test comes back negative, you’re free to scrape away!

DIY

If your asbestos lab results return negative and you decide to proceed with scraping away the popcorn ceiling yourself, then you can proceed with these steps:

  1. Remove all furniture from the room to avoid getting anything dirty.
  2. Cover your walls and floor with plastic sheeting.
  3. Mix a solution of water and dish soap in a spray bottle.
  4. Spray solution on every 5×5 sq. ft. of the ceiling.
  5. Allow the ceiling to soak in the solution for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Scrape.
  7. Repeat!

Stretch Fabric is Mess and Stress-Free

Scraping a popcorn ceiling by hand with a spray bottle is tedious, time-consuming, and very messy. If you are looking to skip all of that mess and stress, then Nuwalls Hawaii is the solution for you! 

Nuwalls Hawaii uses stretch fabric to encapsulate the old popcorn ceiling, which will level and smooth everything out to give it a clean appearance. Using a stretch fabric not only changes the visual aspect of your ceiling with its customizable shapes and designs, but it also expands its functionality by giving you better acoustics, safety features, and backlighting options. 

Nuwalls Hawaii Stretch Fabric

Nuwalls Hawaii is a proud exclusive provider of CLIPSO and NOVAWALL stretch fabrics, and they serve as the perfect way to add both a creative and functional element to any room. Schedule a consultation to get yours today!