How To Clean Textured Ceilings
If you have popcorn ceilings put up between the 1960’s and the early 1980’s, they may contain asbestos. Unless you know for certain that yours do not, you should never attempt to clean them or disturb them in any way. To have them tested for asbestos, consult an asbestos professional (look in Google under “Asbestos”); he or she can tell you how to safely collect a sample for analysis in a lab. Don’t worry though in the following post you will learn how to clean textured ceilings.
Popcorn ceilings that do not contain asbestos can be gently vacuumed with the dust-brush tool. Use a soft-bristled broom or vacuum cleaner attachment to remove dust from the ceiling. Start at one corner of the room, work toward the center, then start at another corner. Using a methodical system helps you clean the entire ceiling without missing any sections.
Why Have Textured Ceilings
A popcorn ceiling hides an imperfect drywall installation, but these inexpensive ceilings collect dust and spider webs easily. Even a regularly cleaned home with good ventilation gathers dust on the walls and ceilings. Cleaning a textured ceiling takes a light hand and a few hours of time. Stroking the ceiling too hard or excessively scrubbing at stains loosens the popcorn and could leave bare spots. The best method for cleaning this type of finish is to tackle dust first then deal with spots.