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The cottage-cheese texture of popcorn ceilings, which were common in homes constructed during the 1960s and '70s, offered acoustical benefits and helped hide bumps and imperfections. It fell out of favor, however, for the other things it concealed: dirt, cobwebs, and in some cases, the asbestos it contained. Do you need to remove a popcorn ceiling in your home? First use a kit or hire a trained professional to test the ceiling to make sure it's safe to proceed with removal.
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