How To: Clean a Popcorn Ceiling

When cleaning a popcorn ceiling, I always felt there are only two good choices, to remove the popcorn or to burn the house down! But I found out - there is another way!

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If you live in a house that’s more than a few decades old, you likely have popcorn ceilings, which rose in popularity in the mid-1900s. Contractors liked the spray-on texture because it was cheap and easy to apply; homeowners at the time liked it because it dampened noise and hid any flaws made during application.

One downside to these ceilings, however, is that their pocks and bumps easily catch dust—and that dust emphasizes the texture’s edges like a shadow. Cleaning them at least once, if not more, a year brightens the surface overhead and helps many homeowners learn to live with their dated ceilings. (Not to mention, the act of dusting can offer relief to allergy sufferers.) To effectively navigate all of the nooks and crannies of the texture, follow the techniques outlined here for how to clean a popcorn ceiling.

STEP 1: Prepare the Room

STEP 2: Remove all dust from the popcorn ceiling with either a vacuum, broom, or duct tape.

STEP 3: Test a cleaner on a hidden part of the ceiling before attacking stains.

STEP 4: Proceed with the cleaner of choice to deep-clean any particularly dingy areas on your popcorn ceiling.

STEP 5: Repaint or remove popcorn ceiling if you're not happy with how it looks when cleaned.

For more information call Trisha Porter, at EXIT Realty - Great Plains.

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