When it comes time to clean the house, everyone remembers to wash or vacuum the floors. After all, that's where most of the dirt collects. If, however, you cast your eyes upward, you may notice that the ceiling is not immune to dust, cobwebs, dead insects and other bits of nastiness that detract from the overall appearance of your home. For this reason, it is important to clean your ceiling from time to time. Use some simple cleaning supplies on a spare afternoon.
Things You'll Need
- Safety goggles
- Rubber gloves
- Plastic drop cloths
- Vacuum with brush attachment
- Stepladder, if needed
- Old cloth or T-shirt
- 2 buckets
- Liquid dish soap
- Sponge mop
Move the furniture out of the room you intend to clean. Spread plastic drop cloths over the furniture if the furniture is too heavy or cumbersome to move. Also spread plastic drop cloths on the floor in order to protect the surface.
Vacuum the ceiling to remove cobwebs and larger debris. Connect the brush attachment to the end of your vacuum tube and suck as much debris as possible from the ceiling. If necessary, use a stepladder. If using a stepladder, a friend or family member must stand at the bottom to spot you.
Wrap an old, but clean, T-shirt or towel around the head of a broom. Use the cloth-covered broom to sweep the entire ceiling. This will remove smaller dust particles missed by the vacuum. Be sure to go over the corners and the edges where the ceiling meets the wall.
Add liquid dish soap to a bucket of hot water. Use just enough dish soap to make the water sudsy. Fill a separate bucket with hot water alone. Dip a sponge mop into the soapy water and wring out any excess moisture. This is important, as you do not want water dripping all over you or down the walls. Start at the edge of the ceiling and use the mop to clean it one section at a time. Press the mop firmly against the ceiling and work in one direction. Again, use a stepladder and spotter if you must.
Rinse the sponge mop in the bucket of clean hot water. Use the rinsed mop to go over the section of ceiling just cleaned. Remove excess moisture and soap from the ceiling. Clean the next section of ceiling in the same manner, alternating between soapy water and rinsing with clean water. Always wring the mop thoroughly before using it on the ceiling. Continue until the entire ceiling is clean. Allow the ceiling to air dry.
Tips & Warnings
- Wear safety goggles, rubber gloves and a hat when cleaning the ceiling.
- When possible, avoid using a stepladder. A long-handled mop and broom are preferable.
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