Stretch ceiling is made of durable material, so it is reliable and designed for a long service life. Unfortunately, situations arise when it is necessary to remove it (neighbors flooded from the upper apartment, the electrical wiring was out of order, and the ceiling was accidentally damaged). You need to know how to dismantle it step by step and install it yourself.
It is possible to dismantle the ceiling on your own. There is no need to contact specialists. First you need to deal with the type of damage. Complete dismantling of the coating may not always be necessary. Sometimes it is enough to soberly assess the situation, to get by with a small expenditure of money and labor. The tension structure can again decorate the ceiling, while maintaining its performance.
If the ceiling has a small gap far from the edge, you can mask it with a decorative element or install an additional lamp.
With a large gap, it is permissible to stretch the canvas with the movement of the torn place closer to the edge, where it is easier to mask it. But this option is only possible with vinyl film, which has a margin around the edges.
When using a fabric cloth, there is no material in stock. You can reinstall the ceiling if you follow some recommendations.
In case of a flood from the apartment above, you first need to get rid of the water. You can try removing one of the lights and pouring water through the hole. Wait until the moisture is completely dry before returning the lighting fixtures to their place. It will take some time (up to two days). It is imperative to ventilate the room or turn on heating devices in it.
Another way is to fold back one of the corners of the ceiling and direct the water into the bucket provided. The film on the back side will remain wet, but this is a matter of time. After the material has dried and stretched, the canvas will return to its previous appearance. In the event of an initial poor-quality tension, the sagging can only be corrected by a constriction.
The room can be subject to temperature fluctuations. In this case, mold often develops. Therefore, complete removal of the film for antiseptic treatment is inevitable.
The process of self-removal of a stretch ceiling is not as complicated as it might seem at first glance.
Before starting work, have the following tools on hand:
- long-jawed pliers;
- assembly spatula;
- mounting pins;
- special construction knife;
- heat gun (if the film is vinyl);
Hand gloves will be needed. All sharp tools must be sharpened around the edges so as not to damage the blade. The cutting ends can be pasted over with reinforced tape.
The room must be freed from all objects that may interfere with work. The furniture will have to be taken out. It is imperative to remove fragile things and anything that does not tolerate high temperatures. No sharp objects should remain in the room, so as not to damage the canvas.
The door to the room must be closed, the plastic windows must be hung. If there is a gap between the door and the floor, close it tightly with rags. The room is sealed for heating with a heat gun. It is necessary to turn off the electricity not only in this room, but throughout the apartment by turning off the machines on the counter.It is important to wait a few minutes to make sure the home is completely de-energized.
You will have to start dismantling work by warming up the room using a heat gun. When heated, the film softens. If the ceiling is flooded with water, it is better to maintain the sagging place. Since it is not known how much water managed to flow onto the ceiling, it is better to bring several containers to drain it.
If the defects are small, and the ceiling must be re-tightened, the material should be warmed up to the edges for a more even stretching of the film and firmly fixing it on the baguette.
We remove the film canvas
In order for the dismantling work to be successful, you definitely need to know:
- frame type;
- view of the ceiling.
It is good if an act of work was drawn up in due time. It remains in the hands of the customer. In it, such information is always indicated. If there is none, you will have to sort it out approximately (by eye). Stretch fabric is used in two types: vinyl and polymer fabric. You can determine the type by the fastening system.
Ceiling fastening technology determines the type of tension and fastening. When mounting, one of the types of fastening systems is used.
It is used for fabric ceilings and is quite expensive. It is a self-clamping device. The baguette is attached to the wall or ceiling, the edge of the canvas is inserted into it with an allowance of 5 to 7 cm. The cover is gradually pulled over the entire area. They fix it with a glazing bead, which, under the pressure of the fabric itself, presses it against the installed profile.
This fastening system is preferable in that the canvas can be dismantled intact. This is due to the lack of clamps during installation. Harpoon mount is used with vinyl film. When the ceiling is stretched, it is first stretched under the influence of a heat gun, then an edging such as a hook or a harpoon is drawn on it along the edges. This type of fastening is produced at the factory. Experts transfer the data, preliminary made during the measurement of each room, when ordering the canvas. The harpoon mount is soldered to it.
You cannot start work without the help of a heat gun. When cold, the canvas stretches poorly and breaks easily. When installing or removing PVC, the film should be warmed up to a temperature of about 60-70 degrees Celsius. Otherwise, it will not become elastic.
It is necessary to completely remove the vinyl film in cases where redecoration is impossible.
There is a scalloped wall leg inside the frame. She fixes the hook. Such fixation is convenient when installing a stretch ceiling and removing it. The cover is removed without the slightest damage. It can be used for re-assembly. The remaining space between the coating and the walls is sealed with a decorative skirting board.
The plinth is removed first when dismantling the ceiling. Work begins at the corner of the room and continues along its length. Then the actions are performed in width. A prepared metal spatula is inserted between the wall and the canvas, the movable part of the harpoon is slightly bent inside the groove of the baguette. Hold the spatula with pliers.
All that remains is to remove the vinyl sheet from the baguette by gently pulling it towards you. This is easy to do, because it is not squeezed by anything. Working with vinyl film is carried out with gloves. It is warmed up, there will be traces of dirt from your hands. If the seam breaks, you will have to replace the harpoon all over that wall.
The system is called clip-on, it is used with vinyl film, a cloth impregnated with polymer. It is the most popular technology currently in use. It is cheaper than other types, it is easier and faster to install it. It is considered a seamless ceiling structure due to the small distance from the ceiling during installation.
This fastening is similar to a self-clamping one. When tensioned, the canvas is pulled to the edges (towards the baguette) with a movable cam. The canvas is fixed with it.When dismantling this type of attachment, you will need a spatula. It is advisable to have a plastic tool for the preservation of the canvas.
Like the harpoon, the cam is squeezed out with a spatula. You need to start the process from the corner where the free end of the film is. If there is none, you must try to free any corner. The film is gently pulled out from under the mount. And so, step by step, it is necessary to move along the entire perimeter of the room until the entire film is removed.
It got its name from the wedge - the fastening element. It is driven into the grooves of the baguette during installation. The canvas is pushed under the baguette in advance with a chisel or other suitable tool. The complete clamping of the wedges is facilitated by the ceiling plinth, which is also a decorative element.
Removing a wedge-mounted ceiling is easiest. In this case, it is not required to pull the canvas out from under the baguette. When removing the skirting board, the wedge itself loosens. It is necessary to pull back the fasteners of the baguette with a spatula and pull out the wedge.
Cam and wedge mounting provides for clamping the ceiling material with a baguette. As a result, the coating is deformed, it is not always possible to mount it back. Therefore, you should consider whether a complete removal of the material is really required. It is possible to reuse PVC film using a glazing bead or clip fastening system if there are spare centimeters of the canvas under the ceiling. If it was not lowered during installation, it is not always possible to pull the vinyl back. You need a full haul.
Features of removing the fabric
Fabric ceilings predominantly provide for a glazing bead or clip fastening system. They are more convenient for stretching and removing in that strong heating of the room is not required to soften the material. However, these options are more difficult due to the heavier tissue in comparison with the film. In addition, with it, fixation is performed using self-tightening clamps. And this leads to a complete removal of the coating (otherwise the baguette or glazing bead may break).
If the fastening is glazing, when removing the material, first remove the decorative plinth, fold the profile, remove the glazing bead and remove the released canvas. While this operation is in progress, the ceiling is constantly warmed up by a stream of warm air from a switched on gun. This will help protect the canvas from the formation of fine wrinkles, sagging.
When removing the baguette, you must act with extreme caution in order to maintain its integrity. It may still be useful elsewhere.
The ceiling plinth is glued to the wall when the ceiling is correctly installed. Firstly, the canvas does not get dirty with glue. Secondly, when repaired next time, it, like the ceiling itself, is not replaced, because it has a long service life. If the masters, when stretching the ceilings, glued the baguette to the ceiling, additional difficulties arise during removal.
Cloth ceilings installed with clip-on baguettes can be removed completely. Partial withdrawal is impossible, it is not worth spending energy. There is a danger of the blade falling out of the installed clamps. Fabric ceilings are preferable without seams, for this reason they are easier to dismantle. There is no need for special tools and complex hand manipulations. Working with a fabric ceiling starts from the middle. It is necessary to gradually move towards the corners of the room.
Useful tips for work
When dismantling a stretch ceiling on your own, observe three basic simple rules:
- work without haste;
- be careful and careful;
- if possible, have an assistant.
We must not forget about the temperature regime in the room. It must be supported for the elasticity of the film. It is necessary to follow the sequence of work when removing the fasteners. You only need to hold the harpoon with pliers; you cannot touch the canvas with them. Do not pull the cover while pulling it out with force. This should be done with extreme caution.
If an electric heat gun is used in the work, for its operation you will have to initially think over a separate connection option. Most likely, you will have to agree in advance with one of the neighbors about connecting to their outlet.
Contact with water (flooding) may cause electric shock if only one phase is disconnected
An easy dismantling process is possible when using high-quality materials during the installation of a stretch ceiling and performing work by masters of their craft. They will treat the installation professionally, if necessary, dismantling the canvas is suitable for reuse. Now the work on removing the stretch ceiling with your own hands will not cause trouble. The more accurately the work is done, the more expensive structural elements will be saved for reuse. Disassembly instructions are not complicated at all.
For instructions on removing the stretch ceiling, see the following video.