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Here are a few DO's and DON'ts for Stucco Removal
Stucco ceilings or popcorn ceilings, as they are fondly known, have a quirky appeal. This means that a homeowner will either love it or absolutely hate it and want it removed immediately. This quirky textured approach to ceiling design dates back to the early Mediterranean era. It is traditionally made from a mixture of water, sand, lime and cement and is applied with trowels using different techniques and stages. Yes, I did say stages!
The process to correctly apply that stucco design includes an underlay, a scratch coat, a brown coat and then a finish coat. With all these coats, is it a no surprise stucco removal is said to be so labor intensive?
Speaking of stucco removal; let us spend a little time looking at this process.
We mentioned that it was labor intensive right? Well, it is also a very messy process. Imagine with me if you can, scraping and scraping off all those coats of plaster that was applied. Yes, I imagine that all that dust is going to get everywhere right? Despite these negatives, stucco removal has been recommended for a few reasons. Among these reasons is the report that most stucco installations done prior to the 1970’s may contain asbestos.
For those of you not familiar with this name, it refers to a toxic mineral that was incorporated into construction and building materials. Continued exposure to this product over time led to severe respiratory illnesses and in some cases death. So, we can all agree that this is not something we want in our homes and around our families.
Another pro for removing stucco from the ceilings in our home is the positive effect it has on the value and promotion of the property. The home is naturally more appealing; creating greater interest from prospective purchasers and is more likely to sell at asking price or above, in homes that have more modern ceilings installed. New homeowners instantly cross that renovation off their to-do list; immediately making the home more appealing than one that has all that scraping we mentioned before waiting to be done.
So, let us start scraping.
The Process of Popcorn Ceiling Removal
The first step in this process is testing the ceiling for asbestos. Yes, that nasty little mineral we discussed earlier. This is without a doubt, the most important ‘do’ in the entire stucco removal process, because it will determine whether the task is something that can be done by yourself or your contractor or if a certified asbestos removal company will need to be used to safely remove the product from the home. To have the ceiling tested for asbestos, do contact an inspector. When the clear is given on the absence of that mineral in your stucco, you are then free to move on to the next step.
Do go and get the required supplies. It is important to ensure that you purchase all the tools needed to lighten the effort and to enable a seamless removal. Do include items such as protective gear, a pump sprayer, a sanding sponge, a ceiling texture scraper, painters tape and plastic cloths; to collect all that texture as it falls to the ground. Believe me, those drop cloths, yes more than one, are essential. You won’t want to have any extra cleaning to do than is absolutely necessary. Where purchasing multiple drop cloths may become costly, do become creative and utilize old sheets or curtains lying around the home. It will be just as effective and you would also be saving some money; definitely a win-win.
So, now you are back from the hardware store. Do ensure that as many items as are possible are removed from that room. This includes food items or food storage bins, large cloth furniture such as sofas that would be a task to clean after, toys and other large furniture pieces such as cabinets. A stucco removal don’t is assuming that everything will fall on the drop cloths. Let us be real, that is not going to happen.
So, remove all pieces that can be moved. For items that cannot be easily removed from the room, do have them covered. You can use old sheets and curtains or some of those plastic drop cloths you purchased at the hardware store. You should then position the drop cloths or those old sheets and curtains, for those of us who are being more fiscally responsible, across every floor surface. Yes, every bit of exposed flooring should be covered. Do use tape to secure cloths to the ground; ensuring that there are no gaps.
Now, do grab that spray bottle and fill it with water. Some people may opt for special formulas such as vinegar and water or warm water with liquid dish soap. If this works for you, then do go right ahead. The area should be sufficiently moistened and allowed to sit for approximately ten to fifteen minutes. As you spray, don’t overwater. Applying too much moisture can damage insulation or drywall behind the ceiling and that is certainly not your intention; right?
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Having grabbed a snack, completed another chore or snuck in a quick fifteen minute nap; the ceiling should be ready and you can now start scraping. Do ensure that safety gear is put on. Do not attempt to scrape your popcorn ceilings down without first covering eyes and nostrils. Do use a mask or handkerchief for the nose and mouth area. You do not want to inhale all that dust or worst, accidentally swallow a piece of that texture and do use safety glasses to protect those eyes. Do use the scraper to start moving the texture from the ceiling.
Do move the scraper away from you; moving slowly but firmly from front to back. Do apply extra pressure on areas that are more difficult to remove. Do continue to apply moisture around the room; allow soaking time and scrape until all the texture is removed. One important ‘do’ to note during this process is ‘do rest that arm’. We can all agree that keeping an arm suspended for lengthen periods is less than desirable and can be a little painful. Do rest as needed during the periods that you are waiting on the moisture to take effect.
So you are now finished scraping. Awesome! Do use a wet cloth to gently but firmly wipe down the ceiling; removing any stubborn dust that may be hanging around. You can now choose to leave the ceiling refinishing for another time or move right into scouring the hardware stores and online for the new finish to be applied. Either way, you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
But ultimately, if you do not wish to remove the stucco yourself, please call Smooth Ceiling!
We work with a lot of friendly companies in and around the GTA. Here are a few we keep coming back to over and over again to help with all of our ceiling repair work:
- Unique Potlight: Recessed Lighting
- Ceiling Champions: Stucco Removal