Cleaning Popcorn Ceilings the Easy Way

My popcorn ceilings may be old, but I still want them to be clean. They tend to collect dust and spiderwebs over time, and I've finally found a way to get them clean without much effort! Just use a new, thick-knapped paint roller, on an extension pole if possible. Dampen the roller with plain water (only slightly to avoid drips), and then just roll the surface as if you were painting, rinsing the roller as needed. If your ceiling is particularly dirty, you can add a small amount of vinegar or mild detergent to the water. This tip works very well, and you'll be done in no time!


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October 30, 20163 found this helpful

I will definitely try this! What a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

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November 7, 20161 found this helpful

Great idea! We just bought a home with popcorn and the ceilings are dusty.
Thanx so much!!

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October 30, 20161 found this helpful

I can't wait to try this on my popcorn ceiling! Thanks for the idea :D

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October 31, 20161 found this helpful

Most popcorn ceilings have asbestos in them. If any ceiling pieces come down, you need to have them tested and safely removed. It's best to leave the ceilings undisturbed.

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May 1, 20170 found this helpful

Where do you live that your popcorn ceiling has asbestos. That is completely false.

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July 31, 20171 found this helpful

Not false at all. As an asbestos contractor I run into this all the time. If your popcorn ceilings were sprayed on prior to 1978. It is highly possible. Prior to 1972 very highly possible. JS

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October 1, 20190 found this helpful

I live in Tennessee. No, it is not false. I had a piece of my popcorn ceiling sent off to test because I wanted to remove my popcorn ceilings entirely.
The test showed low levels of asbestos. Any home that was built 1976 or before with popcorn ceilings will have asbestos.

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November 23, 20161 found this helpful

Thanks for the input! Mine are so old and dirty, anything will be an improvement. I will try this one for sure!

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December 1, 20161 found this helpful

Dear Spacecase- Great name! You're very welcome! This works great for me- I bought my new house (built in '76!) & the ceilings were a MESS! We've had a really bad year for dust in Oklahoma this year as well, & this has been both the easiest & fastest way to do the job well! Someone else commented on the dangers of asbestos in popcorn ceilings- while this is a very real concern when REMOVING popcorn texture, I personally don't agree that the very MINIMAL loss of a half-dozen pellets while cleaning the ceilings in this PARTICULAR way is detrimental to your health - in fact, filthy ceilings collecting dust and spiderwebs for years would be more of a health concern for me personally- but I'm not a Dr, so clean at your own risk - HAHAHAHA!- & enjoy those funny ceilings being clean! On a very serious note, though, I do KNOW that popcorn ceilings ARE a very SERIOUS health hazard DURING their actual removal or replacement- you can in fact do this task yourself with proper technique and equipment, such as top of the line respirators, etc- just be sure to research this carefully should you decide in the future to replace the texture. Some states have laws that a CERTIFIED removal service must be used...But I clean mine as described above, & so far, I'm not dead... tee-hee! Thank you, & enjoy!!

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July 2, 20170 found this helpful

I have seen these methods work very well. My ceilings have been painted many times throughout the years, so how will these methods work then?

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November 20, 20170 found this helpful

I've been vacuuming my popcorn ceilings for years. Been in the house 30 years. Only have to do it every few months and that often because continuous running ceiling fan. Looked through here to find an easier way but will continue with my way. Using the bare floor elongated brush attachment, it's so easy and fast. Washing it is another story.

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January 6, 20190 found this helpful

no worries of water damage or mold concern?

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November 1, 20200 found this helpful

OMG you cannot know how grateful I am to learn how to clean my old popcorn ceilings. I had made several attempts that actually made it worse. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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November 1, 20200 found this helpful

Please let us know how it works out for you when you get them clean. I hope it is a great success!

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