Getting Rid of Unsightly Popcorn Ceilings

Popcorn ceilings were popular in the 1970s, and chances are you might own an older rental property that still has them. They are unsightly, and could potentially scare away potential tenants. If tenants are not scared away completely, you might have to drastically lower your rent price, which means you will bring in less income.

Popcorn Ceilings and Safety

In addition to just being out of style, many believe popcorn ceilings are not safe. During the time period that popcorn ceilings were popular, asbestos was also popular and used frequently by home builders. Many associate one with the other. If a potential client sees a popcorn ceiling, he might also assume your home has asbestos, which can cause health problems.

How to Remove Popcorn Ceilings

It might be better to have a professional company remove your popcorn ceilings. They have the tools and equipment to do it easily. And, if your home does have asbestos hidden away, the professionals can remove that while you are out of the home, so you do not breathe it in.

If you remove the popcorn ceilings yourself, there are a few steps to follow:

  • Prepare for a big mess by placing drop cloths on the floor, and over the furniture
  • With a large, wide putty knife, scrape the popcorn ceiling. This might be easier if the ceiling is wet. If it does not work well dry, consider spraying the ceiling with water.
  • You will need to remove any ceiling fans or lights to scrape behind them.
  • Take care not to scrape too hard and create gouges that you will need to fill in before painting

Is it worth it to remove Popcorn Ceilings?

Yes and no. Yes, it is worth it to remove popcorn ceilings. No, it is not worth it to do it yourself. It is a messy job, and if not done right, the dust and debris that you inhale could cause you bodily harm. It is worth it to have a professional company remove the ceilings. They have the right tools, and know how to test for asbestos.

Reach out and contact us to discuss any questions regarding popcorn ceilings in your rental properties!