How to Clean Vaulted Ceilings
Vaulted ceilings provide rooms with a spacious and stately feeling—reminiscent of magnificent cathedrals or royal throne rooms. In fact, stepping into a beautiful room with vaulted ceilings can make one feel a little bit more like royalty. This is part of the reason for their popularity.
However, when it comes time to clean your vaulted ceilings, you may not feel like royalty anymore. Instead, you may feel like a servant with an insurmountable cleaning challenge. Those pesky cobwebs that seem to appear out of nowhere can make that vast, bright room look dingy, old, and unkempt.
Popular culture rails against vaulted ceiling, calling them impractical due to the difficulty in cleaning them. Those of us who appreciate the vast openness that stacked rooms create know that it is just a matter of the right tools and the right technique that can keep vaulted ceilings spotless. We can go right back to being a king or queen in our living room once the simple work is done.
As with any job, the first key to doing it correctly is gathering the right tools—in this case, you will need two tools.
The first tool is simply a telescoping cleaning pole. These can range from 5 to 40 feet, depending on whether you purchase a “home-use” or professional model. Measure your ceilings before you purchase the telescoping pole so that you know what size you will need to properly reach the ceilings, standing, without a ladder.
The second tool you’ll need is a static duster to attach to the cleaning pole to do the actual dirty work. This attachment will only need to get near the dust or cobwebs on your ceiling and will pull them away and into the duster.
If you have vaulted ceilings, you likely have ceiling fans; to clean those, you will want a forked dusting tool. These magical creations can remove dust and cobwebs from ceiling-fan blades in one pass, leaving them looking like new again.
Having acquired the necessary tools for the job, remember that safety is important. A pair of goggles can be useful in protecting your eyes from any debris that may not be caught by the duster that might fall while you are cleaning. The goal is not to transfer cobwebs from the ceiling to your eyes. Turn off any power sources to ceiling fans in the event they are accidentally switched on. The adrenaline rush gained by a surprise powering on of a ceiling fan isn’t worth the possible injury and damage.
Select a starting point in the room and a direction that you will follow as you clean so that you can avoid missing spots. Choose blocks of the ceiling and walls and, using straight lines, move the duster back and forth to catch all the cobwebs and dust in its path. When you are finished with a particular block, move to the next, following the chosen direction.
You’re going to be looking, and reaching, up for quite a while. The correct tools make the job easier but to avoid injury or strain, remember to take a break every few blocks to give your arms and back a rest.
If you are feeling especially ambitious, you can also acquire a mop attachment for the telescoping rod and, using soap and water, give your walls and ceilings a like-new shine following the same procedures. For this task you will want to cover your furniture and floor in the area that you are working.
Once the work is done, sit down in your throne room to appreciate how bright and airy the room feels. Now if only changing the batteries in a smoke detector attached to a vaulted ceiling was as easy.