How to Clean Spiderwebs

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After spiders set their web traps, they eventually move elsewhere, leaving behind remnants of their work. Spiderwebs gather dust and debris, which soils walls and ceilings if the webs are not removed. Cleaning spiderwebs from your inner walls and ceilings should be a part of your cleaning routine. It is not a pleasant chore, but it can be done quickly and easily with the right tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Bristle broom or long-handled dusting broom
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dry cloths or paper towels
  • Sponge
  • Dish detergent (liquid)
  • Push the head of a bristle broom or a long-handled dusting broom into the web. The strands should easily stick to the broom.

  • Turn the handle slightly to wrap the web around the broom. Pull the broom down; try to do this without touching the broom to the ceiling or the sides of the wall, or you will smear the web onto the surface.

  • Put on rubber gloves. Take the broom outdoors and pull off any of the web and spider egg sacks sticking to the broom.

  • Use a dry cloth to wipe down the area where the web was attached to the wall or ceiling. Some remnants are usually left behind, even after removing the web with the broom.

  • Dampen a sponge and add a small drop (no larger than a dime) of liquid soap or detergent directly onto the sponge. Wash away remaining pieces of web and dirt from the surface. Dry the area immediately with a towel to avoid leaving a water spot.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a strong vacuum cleaner with attachments to remove webs.
  • If you are removing webs from high ceilings, avoid falls by using a duster or broom with an extension pole, rather than climbing a ladder or step stool.

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