When was the last time you really took a look at your ceiling? This is a spot that many people tend to overlook as part of their typical cleaning routine — and, as a result, your ceilings may be a bit dirtier than you remember.
Over time, the ceilings throughout your home can develop a fine film of dust and grime. In the kitchen, smoke and grease can cause discoloration in your ceiling; in the bathroom, excessive moisture can lead to wet spots and even nasty mold and mildew. While repainting is an option, it’s an expensive and time-consuming one. You may be surprised by how simple it is to dust and wash your ceilings and how much this task can totally refresh your entire living space!
Ready to get started? Here’s our go-to guide for cleaning ceilings — including safety tips to remember, instructions for different types of surfaces, and easy cleaning tasks you can fold into your usual routine.
Before You Get Started: Tips and Tricks to Remember When Cleaning Your Ceiling
The ceiling is a textbook example of a hard-to-reach spot… So odds are good that it’s not an area you clean all the time. To set yourself up for success, keep these ideas in mind:
- If you use a stepstool or ladder, be safe and try not to overextend your reach. Always check to make sure that your ladder is secured, and have a spotter nearby to help in case you fall.
- Always work top to bottom in a room. Start with the ceiling, then work your way down in pieces to the floor. This way, you can be sure to clean up any dust or debris you’ve knocked loose later on.
- Consider taking down valuable mirrors, curtains, or artwork before you get started, in case of drips or accidents.
- When in doubt, test it out! Apply a small amount of the cleaning solution you’re going to use to a hard-to-see or out of the way area, to make sure it works and doesn’t cause any damage. Always run tests on a surface before you use a cleaning product, and don’t hesitate to reach out to a local cleaning expert if you have any questions or concerns!
- Take care to protect your furniture. Cover furniture and tables with drop cloths or tarps in case of falling dust. You can also pull your furniture a few feet away from walls, in case of drips.
- Make sure you have plenty of light. If the room is too dark, you might not actually be getting the cleaning results you’re hoping for! Make sure you can see your hard work.
- Use the right tools for the job. Lengthen your reach with vacuum attachments and an extendable duster (you could even use a paint roller in a pinch). Use soft, clean microfiber cloths and trusted cleaning solutions for best results.
What Is Your Ceiling Made Of?
If it’s been awhile since you’ve cleaned your ceilings, don’t worry — this is not a cleaning project you need to take on too often. Generally, you can save climbing up the ladder for when you need to spot clean scuff marks or stains. Otherwise, plan to give your ceilings a wipedown once or twice per year, when you perform a thorough deep cleaning around your whole home.
When it comes time to actually clean your ceiling, remember that it all comes down to what materials you’re working with.
- Ceiling tile. Vinyl or fiberglass ceiling tile is pretty resilient, and should hold up to different cleansers. Use your favorite all-purpose cleaner to spot treat marks and stains, and use a solution of water and dish soap on a microfiber cloth to cover a larger area.
- Flat, painted ceilings. You should be able to wipe down flat ceilings with a gentle solution of water and dish soap. Gently moisten a clean, soft cloth — and make sure that it’s damp, not wet. Too much moisture can cause damage to the very ceiling you’re trying to protect, while using an abrasive tool (such as a melamine sponge) could scuff or remove paint.
- Textured plaster or stucco ceilings (a.k.a, the dreaded popcorn ceiling). Popcorn ceilings were all the rage a few decades ago; now, they’re a hard-to-clean relic of the past. Generally, it is best to use dry methods to clean textured ceilings. Dust with a feather duster or lambswool brush, or use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner for all the nooks and crannies.
If you notice mold or wet spots that keep recurring, even after a cleaning, it may be time to reach out for help to a home professional; this could be a sign of damage or issues with your ventilation, roof, or plumbing that a professional handyman will need to address.
Moving Forward: Cleaning Tasks to Perform on a Regular Basis
While deep cleaning your ceiling can be an “every now and then” cleaning task, there are a few chores that you should take on regularly in order to keep your favorite rooms feeling fresh and inviting:
- Clean cobwebs and dust out of corners. Use a vacuum attachment or an extendable duster to get rid of unsightly cobwebs or dust bunnies lurking in high corners.
- Wipe down crown moldings and trim. Crown moldings and trim can be a gorgeous, vintage focal point in a space — if you keep everything gleaming and clean! You can generally wipe down trim and moldings with a clean cloth and a gentle cleanser; don’t be afraid to use a toothbrush to clean the dust out of all those intricate details.
- Clean your ceiling fans and light fixtures. Who wants a dusty ceiling fan? You can regularly wipe down your blades using your favorite microfiber duster, or get both sides at once with a pillowcase. Don’t forget to remove unsightly dust and grime from your overhead light fixtures, as well.
The Secret to Getting a Clean Home from Top to Bottom? Call in the Pros!
You’ve got a household to run, a busy work calendar, and family time calling your name. That’s a lot to tackle — even before adding the stress of maintaining spotlessly clean ceilings to your to-do list!
We know that keeping your home clean and functional can quickly start to feel like a full-time job. When you’re ready to call in some backup, Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service is here and ready to help!
Here at SDCS, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful. Whether you’re looking for a deep clean, routine housekeeping, or service for a special event, we are here for you. With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs. We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products.
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