He Wanted to Remove Popcorn Ceilings in His Home. He Removed It in Minutes with THIS!

How to Remove Popcorn Ceilings in Less than 10 Minutes! Popcorn ceiling removal made easy!

If your home has “textured” or popcorn ceilings, you may find yourself wanting to remove it but typical popcorn ceiling removal is a lengthy process. Some people spray the area with a water bottle and scrape it off once it softens but this can be messy since it usually ends up on the floor.

Aaron Rollins might have come up with the best hack ever to remove popcorn ceilings and it requires only a few supplies. He duct taped a wide putty knife to the end of a vacuum hose and the suction removes all of the particles after he scrapes them off. You have to see this in action and once you do, you may never need to find an easier way to remove popcorn ceilings.

What’s his secret to easily remove popcorn ceilings without making a mess?

What his secret for easy popcorn ceiling removal without making a mess?

As you can see in the image above, he duct taped a 6-inch putty knife (also called a spackling knife) to the end of a Shop-Vac nozzle to easily remove popcorn ceilings without making a mess. To further eliminate dust in the house, he has the vacuum exhaust hose expelling all debris outside.

Popcorn ceiling removal made easy…Watch and see for yourself!


Here are some additional popcorn ceiling removal tips:

  • You can easily do this without spraying your ceiling first as the putty knife scrapes through with ease. But if you want to reduce dust particles and make it evenĀ easier to scrape through, taking the time to spray your ceiling first will make a difference.
  • To further, reduce dust, most shop vacs have an attachment for an exhaust hose. As you can see in the video, an exhaust hose is blowing debris outside via the window which will further prevent dust from blowing around in your home.
  • As recommended by some readers in the comments section, you may want to ensure that your popcorn ceiling doesn’t contain asbestos if you have an older home. According to the EPA, the use of asbestos in popcorn ceilings was banned in 1977 and homes built on or before that time may contain asbestos fibers in the textured ceiling. How do you know if your textured ceiling contains asbestos? You can purchase asbestos test kits from Amazon or contact an asbestos abatement professional in your area.

To recap, all you need are 3 tools and supplies to get the job done and all of them are available at your local hardware store or Amazon.

1) A Shop-Vac vacuum or any vacuum that has an exhaust and a good, powerful motor. Check this post to find the most appropriate shop-vac for your need.

Shop-Vac 5989300 5-Gallon 4.5 Peak HP Stainless Steel Wet Dry Vacuum
  • HEAVY DUTY CLEANING: This wet/dry vacuum features a 5-gallon stainless steel tank & a 4.5 peak horsepower motor. The full circumference dolly makes it maneuverable, & top & side carry handles & onboard cord & accessory storage enhance its portability.
  • VERSATILE ACCESSORIES: This wet/dry vac features a positive lid latch & rear blower port, plus these 1.25 " diameter accessories: 7-foot hose, 3 extension wands, crevice tool, gulper nozzle, floor nozzle, plus cartridge filter, foam sleeve & filter bag; 5-8 Gallon Disposable Filter Bag
  • POWERFUL & ADAPTABLE: Our wet/dry vacs are your all-in-one solution for everything from household messes to heavy-duty workshop cleanup, featuring a wide selection of adapters, filters & accessories that make our vacuums a versatile tool for any task
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2) A six-inch spackle or putty knife with preferably a steel blade.

Red Devil 4838 6-Inch Flex Taping Knife
  • Taping knife
  • High carbon steel blade
  • Rust resistant
  • Durable
  • Great value at a low cost

3) And duct tape to secure the putty knife to the end of the vacuum nozzle.

Duck Brand 394468 All-Purpose Duct Tape, 1.88 Inches by 45 Yards, Silver, Single Roll
  • Recommended for everyday household repairs
  • Tears easily by hand without curling
  • Conforms to uneven surfaces
  • Better durability than Basic Strength Duck Tape
  • Single 45-yard roll

Alternatively, there is a new product called POP EEZE which eliminates the need to secure a putty knife to your vacuum nozzle.

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
  • Note that this product is NOT recommended for popcorn ceilings that have been painted over. Please check your ceiling before buying. ***
  • New Product: The patent pending POPeeze tool will make the job of popcorn ceiling removal much safer, cleaner and more efficient than conventional methods. Attach POPeeze to your shop vacuum hose and a pole to make the difficult task of removing popcorn ceilings much easier!
  • CLEANER: No more scraping the ceiling texture and allowing the debris to fall to the floor. Popeeze generates significantly less mess to clean up than conventional methods
  • EFFICIENT: Much quicker than conventional methods - no need to replace bags every few minutes or scrape with a putty knife
  • What you get: One funnel, three blades, written instructions and tips in English and Spanish. ****Note that this product is NOT recommended for popcorn ceilings that have been painted over.

I would never have expected popcorn ceiling removal to be this easy and without creating a mess all over the place! Please share this incredible hack for easily removing popcorn ceilings with your friends and family.

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