How to Clean a Heavily Textured Ceiling

by Shelley Marie

Heavily textured ceilings, better known as popcorn ceilings, were often installed in homes from the 1950s to the '80s. They provide some noise reduction and hide imperfections, but they can pose a challenge when cleaning. The texture material holds dust and other debris from the air, but any type of scrubbing can break off the texture material and ruin the look of your ceiling. Dusting with light pressure and spot cleaning can remove most of the residue, leaving your heavily textured ceiling looking fresh and bright.

1 Cover furniture and flooring with sheets or a drop cloth to protect them from falling dust or debris. Put on safety goggles to protect your eyes.

2 Remove dust from the ceiling with a soft-bristled broom or vacuum cleaner brush. Use light pressure to avoid breaking off the texture. Work your way across the room, using a stool or ladder if necessary.

3 Mix 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach or powdered oxygen bleach in 1 quart of water. Pour it into a spray bottle. Make sure the oxygen bleach is completely dissolved.

4 Spray any stains on the ceiling. Allow the solution to sit on the stains and lighten them. Some spots may require additional applications. Wipe off excess solution with a paper towel.

Items you will need

  • Sheets or drop cloths
  • Safety goggles
  • Soft-bristled broom or vacuum, with brush attachment
  • Stool or ladder
  • Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
  • Spray bottle