How to Clean Dust from High Ceilings – A Spark of Genius

When it comes to cleaning, dusting is often an afterthought. But not taking the time to get rid of the dust in your home could be dangerous for you and your loved ones if allowed to accumulate. Dust particles can aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms. In addition, health experts believe that dust may be the reason behind certain respiratory illnesses, including lung cancer.

The dust you don’t see can cause all kinds of health problems. That’s why cleaning high ceilings is crucial. High ceiling dusting is not only time-consuming but also dangerous, especially if you are trying to clean dusty or cobwebby areas without the proper tools and equipment.

How to Clean Dust from High Ceilings

That’s why we’ve put together this blog post to show you step by step how to clean dust from high ceilings. With the following tools and cleaning methods, you’ll be able to clean your entire house in no time!

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Tools and materials:

  • High ceiling ladder (make sure that you get one with a wide enough stepladder)
  • Lightweight extension pole
  • Aerodynamic dusting brush
  • Ceiling fan duster
  • Dust mop or feather duster
  • Spray cleaner in a trigger bottle filled with water. Make your own by combining 2 tablespoons of plain dishwashing liquid with 1 gallon of water.
  • Dust mask
  • Eye protection goggles

Steps:

1. The first thing you want to do is use your high ceiling ladder to climb up to the top of your ceiling fan and dust it using your ceiling fan duster. Remove any excess dust by gently tapping down on the bristles of your dusting brush with the heel of your hand.

high ceiling ladder and dust it

2. Once finished, continue to the top center part of the ceiling and clean down along both sides using an extension pole with a feather duster attached at one end. Be careful not to vacuum up any insulation in between rafters or joists. If you do, simply tape the dust back onto the ceiling material and allow it to settle.

extension pole with a feather duster attached at one end

3. Next, climb down from your high ceiling ladder and use a feather duster or mop to clean the top center of any gypsum board you have on your ceiling. Dusting along the top edge of every section will ensure that all areas are completed, and no dirt has been missed.

gypsum board you have on your ceiling

4. Now, use your high ceiling ladder and extension pole to dust the area between each joist on both sides of your ceilings. When done, simply tape or weigh down any excess dust that has fallen onto other areas of your ceiling material and allow it to settle before vacuuming it up; this will ensure that you’re not just spreading the dirt around.

5. Next, clean the ceiling fans using a feather duster or dust mop. Just like before, first use your high ladder to dust along both sides of your fan blades and then reach under the housing of the fan with your dusting brush and give it a good shake to remove any additional particles.

good shake to remove dust from ceiling

6. Use your extension pole with an aerodynamic dusting brush attached to reach between the ceiling joists and lightly dust the insulation above. The goal is not to create a lot of additional dust, so be gentle when doing this step.

7. If you have a large amount of cobwebs that need cleaning, climb back up your high ladder and use your aerodynamic duster while standing on a step stool. Move the duster in circles around each section of your ceiling to dislodge dust and debris from cracks and cobwebs.

8. Once you’ve finished cleaning, vacuum up all excess dirt using a canister vac with an attached soft brush-type nozzle attachment to ensure you don’t create any additional dust.

vacuum up all excess dirt using a canister vac

9. If you have a lot of dust and debris that has fallen into the drywall, then use your vacuum cleaner to vacuum up as much of it as possible. Then, spray your water-based cleaner onto a clean rag and wipe down the entire area using gentle motions until all dirt is removed.

water-based cleaner onto a clean rag and wipe down

10. Finally, inspect the inside of your ceiling fan housing and wipe it down if needed using a slightly damp rag before allowing your house to air dry. This will ensure that all dust has been removed from this area and any hard-to-reach crevices.

In conclusion :

Cleaning high ceilings can be challenging enough, but attempting to clean the entire ceiling without dusting all over your home or creating a mess can be even more complicated. The first thing you should always do is take small sections of your ceiling material and clean just that area, then move onto the next section; this will help you ensure that your cleaning efforts are practical and efficient.

Never try to clean your entire ceiling at once because you will only create a larger mess to clean up, as well as an even bigger headache. By following these steps, you should be able to efficiently and effectively clean any high ceilings inside or outside your home without creating a huge mess or actually increasing the number of dust particles that may already exist in your home.