How to Clean Crown Molding


Crown molding is usually painted with interior house paint and is cleaned in the same manner you would clean a painted wall. The challenge to clean crown molding is to reach it. For best results, use an appropriately sized stepladder along with your cleaning tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Duster
  • Stepladder
  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • 2 buckets
  • Clean rags
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dust the crown molding with a duster on an extension pole or while standing on a stepladder. If you do not have a duster, use a dry rag. If you do not have a ladder or an extension pole for your duster, drape a dry rag over the head of a broom and use it to remove dust and cobwebs from the crown molding.

  • Pour 1/4 cup of ammonia into a gallon of warm water in a bucket.

  • Dip a clean rag into the bucket and wring it out until the rag is just damp, not sopping wet.

  • Wipe the crown molding with the damp rag while standing on a stepladder to remove any stubborn dirt or stains from the crown molding. If you do not have a stepladder, you can drape the damp rag over a broom as you did to dust but you may have difficulty removing stubborn stains.

  • Fill a bucket with clean water. Dip a clean rag into the bucket of clean water and wring it out.

  • Wipe the crown molding with the rag to rinse the ammonia from the surface.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cleaning your crown molding may cause dirty water to drip down your walls. After you have finished with the crown molding, clean up any marks on your walls with the ammonia solution and rinse with a rag dampened in clean water.
  • Wear rubber gloves when cleaning with ammonia to prevent skin irritation.

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