How to Clean Popcorn Ceiling – Popcorn ceiling, also known as acoustics, or spackled, ceilings – has a bumpy, cottage cheese look, due to a painted or spray treatment. Popcorn ceilings were popular from the 1950s until the 1980s, and ceilings built before 1979 may contain asbestos. If you know that your home was built before 1979, or if you are not sure of the age of the structure, take precautions when cleaning the ceiling. You can remove cobwebs, stains and even yellow discolors from the ceiling to give your home an up to date look.
Removing Dust and Spider Webs
The easiest and safest way to remove dust and cobwebs from your popcorn ceiling is with a vacuum cleaner. First, equip the vacuum with your brush and then gently run it over the popcorn ceiling, being careful not to damage the texture. If you suspect the ceiling contains asbestos, put on a protective mask against dust before cleaning.
Although the method may be less effective than using a vacuum, you can also use a duster to pick up and remove any dust or cobwebs. If the ceiling is very dirty, it may be necessary to wipe the mop off as you clean to remove any dust and debris buildup.
Removing Daily Stains
Over time, items such as cooking fat and nicotine from cigarette smoke can leave unpleasant stains on the clear limits of light-colored popcorn. Before cleaning the ceiling with liquid, test a small area with water to ensure that the textured surface does not melt.
If the upper limit remains in the liquid, create a cleaning solution by mixing warm water with a mild dishwashing soap. Soak a soft cloth in the soap and water and twist it. Moisten the stains gently, being careful not to damage the ceiling, and repeat the process as necessary until the stains are gone. Be careful not to over-saturate the ceiling.
The removal of yellow water Marks and Mildew
A leaky roof can cause yellow watermarks or mold to form on your ceiling popcorn. If the upper limit remains liquid-proof, you can remove the yellow stains and mildew using a bleach solution. Combine 1 part bleach with 5 parts water and gently wipe the mixture over the stains with a soft cloth. Repeat the process as necessary to completely remove the marks or mildew, being careful not to over-saturate the surface.
Painting a Popcorn Ceiling
If you are not able to use a vacuum cleaner in the ceiling, or if the liquid cleaning methods do not remove the stains, you can paint the surface to create a clean look.
First, coat the ceiling with an oil primer to create a base for painting. Wait for the primer to dry completely for a minimum of two hours, and then apply two coats of an acrylic flat ceiling paint.