How to Clean Your Ceiling

How to Clean Your Ceiling

As not commonly noticed, ceilings are often ignored when doing routine cleaning. It’s not just because you can barely see any dirt especially if you have a high ceiling but also because it’s challenging to wipe off the dust, cobwebs, and other marks present. Don’t be like other business owners who tend to postpone cleaning their ceilings. Be wary of the dangers and disadvantages it could bring if left uncleaned.

Maintaining the cleanliness of ceilings will keep the building’s sanitation and appeal. It prevents giving off a negative impression to your clients and employees. Aside from the unsightly spots, uncleaned ceilings could be breeding grounds for bacteria and mold to such a degree that keeping them clean is vital for preventing severe illnesses and medical conditions.

Depending on the condition of the ceiling, it may take only a sweep and a quick vacuum run or at worst, a replacement. Assessment of the size, type, and severity of the problem would tell what steps should be done next.

Importance of Ceiling Cleaning

Cleaning the ceiling is important to prevent the build-up of dust, dirt, germs, and diseases. Just like lightbulbs and lighting fixtures, these areas are often overlooked and are not seen as a priority in terms of cleaning, they accumulate different small particles such as pollens, dust spores, and dust that could make building residents sick often. Having them cleaned regularly would lower the chances of developing the infestation of mold that are a key cause of ceiling damage.  

Besides sanitation, cleaning ceilings will make your building look more appealing and neater. It would make your building brighter as light would reflect better on clean ceilings.

Also, if you need to repaint your ceiling, removing dirt and dust would get you a smoother finish.


Cleaning ceilings should follow a regular cleaning schedule. Scheduling of the cleaning depends on the location of the ceiling.

Places exposed to heat such as kitchens should be cleaned every eight to ten months. Workplaces, buildings, schools, and other areas that are not exposed to smoke or kitchen grime could be scheduled every eighteen months.

Before starting the ceiling cleaning, you must cover the furniture and equipment first. This would prevent it from accumulating dust and debris from the ceiling. Cleaning materials can be a brush or a vacuum. When you decide to hire a cleaning professional, they may spray ceilings with detergent containing hydrogen peroxide to maintain cleanliness especially if you use tile ceilings.


Proper cleaning involves using the right equipment. Here are the essential things you need to properly clean the ceilings.

Safety Equipment

Just as with other things, safety always comes first. Use safety glasses to prevent dust from getting to your eyes, and a dust mask to prevent the inhalation of dust and other particles.

Vacuum with Soft Brush

Using a soft brush on a vacuum will ease the removal of dust, cobwebs, and other debris on the ceiling. You may also use other alternatives available.

High-Quality Duster

Often used as an alternative for vacuums, a high-quality duster is essential to removing ceiling dirt and debris without the worry of the material sagged on the ceiling tiles.


If you don’t have a long-handled duster, use a ladder to reach ceilings. More often than not, it’s more efficient and

Lint-Free Cloth

Use a lint-free cloth or a microfiber cloth to wipe the ceiling.

Cleaning Solution

Cleaning solutions used in cleaning the ceiling may vary depending on the style and material of the ceiling. Remember not to use any harsh chemicals as they may damage ceilings.  

Bucket and Sponge

Steps to Clean your Drop Ceiling Tile

Once you’ve gathered the equipment you need to efficiently clean your ceiling, the hard part comes next. Here are the steps on how you should clean your drop ceiling tiles:

  1. Cover furniture and the floor with dust cloths. This will prevent dust ad other debris from falling. This will save you time when you clean the area after you clean the ceiling.
  2. Put on safety gear. Protect yourself from unnecessary danger.
  3. Vacuum or dust the ceiling. Remove any dust, cobwebs, or any debris using a vacuum or a high-quality duster.
  4. Wipe tiles using a lint-free cloth. Dampen the lint-free cloth and wipe the tiles gently to remove the remaining dirt or dust.
  5. Make a cleaning solution. Combine soft cleaning solutions with water.
  6. Clean tiles with the solution using a cleaning cloth or sponge.
  7. Rinse cloth or sponge and reapply the solution. This will ensure that the ceiling is completely cleaned.

Rinse the tiles using a clean and damp cloth. This will remove the remaining solution from your ceiling.  

Cover Up Small Stains

Stains can sometimes be difficult to remove. In cases that small stains are uncleanable, you can cover them up. Safely cover the spots using products that are safe, non-flammable, and could protect the material of the ceiling. Review the components of the product as well as the instructions on how to use it so you won’t damage your ceiling.

Ceiling Replacement

Water-damaged ceilings are difficult to restore and could sometimes be more costly than replacing them. These ceilings may have built up molds and mildew and would require more than vacuum cleaning or detergent scrubbing. In such a case, consider a replacement.

Assess the building type and climate when you decide to replace your ceiling. For places that are prone to humidity and moisture, you should consider having ceilings that have a washable material and won’t buckle when it gets wet.

Having a ceiling replacement, in some cases, are unavoidable. But think of it this way, you will lessen the need to hire a professional cleaner. You don’t even have to stick to your regular ceiling cleaning schedule for some time.

Hiring Professional Cleaners

The best time to clean ceilings? During spring cleaning or while having deep cleans. However, it may not be possible to clean everything, especially when you have a big space. This is where professional cleaners come in. Experts cleaners are trained to clean every nook and space without missing the ceiling. They are trained to use machines and are equipped with strategies like using color-coded rags, which help ease cleaning without the worry of materials getting damaged.


Keeping the ceilings clean is vital to prevent the residents from being sick and to add appeal to the building. It may not seem that it needs cleaning, but once you try it, you’ll see a big difference. You may follow the tips above to maintain its cleanliness, or hire a professional cleaning company to do it for you.

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