Ceilings, despite their low-touch nature, may become rather grimy over time. The reason? A lot of debris that gets stirred in your home, such as dust, cooking grease, oil, and other particulates, can get up on your ceilings and accumulate there to create a sticky mess. Fortunately, if you have the correct equipment and advice, cleaning them is not that tough.

Continue reading to learn how to thoroughly clean and polish your ceiling.



  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Melamine sponge (optional)
  • Grease cleaner (optional)
  • Bleach (optional)

Equipment / Tools

  • Duster with extendable handle
  • Vacuum with a brush attachment
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Paint roller
  • Spray bottle
  • Mop (optional)

How to Clean a Ceiling

Here are the steps you should follow when cleaning the ceiling.

  • Vacuum or dust the ceiling

Once you’ve acquired all the materials required for cleaning your ceiling, start by clearing away any dust and loose debris from the surface. You may use the hose and brush attachment on your vacuum or a long-armed duster that is designed to reach the ceiling to accomplish this.

  • Clean the molding and corners

Next, give particular attention to any areas where dust might accumulate over time, such as corners and the space surrounding any molding or trim. Dust and clean the area well with a dry microfiber towel, being careful to remove as much dust as possible because the following steps will merely spread the remaining dust across the ceiling.

  • Create your cleaning mixture

Vinegar is a cleaning solution superstar and part of the finest cleaning mixture for your ceiling! In an empty spray bottle, combine two cups of warm water, one-fourth cup of vinegar, and one tablespoon of dish soap.

  • Spray and roll the cleaning mixture on

When your cleaning solution is ready, evenly spray it over the ceiling, being careful not to have any spots missed. Applying the mixture all the way to the ceiling without soaking it will be necessary to avoid leaving water damage and making your ceiling seem worse than before.

Next, use an extendable-arm paint roller that is clean and moist to roll it across the ceiling. Work steadily and slowly to give the cleaning liquid some moderate agitation and scrubbing.

  1. Dry your ceiling

Now that your ceiling has been cleaned, pull out a few more microfiber towels that are clean and start drying it. Dab the cloth gently up and down the ceiling, allowing any extra cleaning liquid to be absorbed.

  • Treat¬†trouble areas

Once your ceiling has been cleaned, check for any remaining problem areas. Here’s how to remove any lingering stains you may have.

  1. Soot stains: To remove minor soot stains, use a melamine sponge. For optimal results, dampen the sponge and rub some elbow grease into it to remove the stain.
  2. Grease stains: Use a grease-fighting cleaner and adhere to the manufacturer’s directions to remove stubborn grease stains.
  3. Water stains: In a spray bottle, mix one part bleach to nine parts water. Spray the mixture, allow it to dry, and then repeat three or four times, or until the stain is removed.

Final word

Fortunately, there is rarely a need to clean the ceiling. Our ceilings stay quite clean for a long time because the normal wear and tear hardly reaches it. Think about having your ceilings cleaned every other year or when you move into a new home.

You may need the services of a professional cleaning service, such as 3Maids for the best results. Please contact us today to help you have a sparklingly clean ceiling.