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How to Easily 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.

White master bedroom with vaulted ceilings

Some people might be hesitant to invest in a home with vaulted ceilings  if they’re intimidated by 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.

Tools for Cleaning High Ceilings:

As with any job, the first key to doing it correctly is gathering the right tools—in this case, you will need two tools.

Tool #1 – A Telescoping Cleaning Pole

The first tool is simply a telescoping cleaning pole; this will be your vaulted ceiling duster. 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.

Tool #2 – A Static Duster

The second tool you’ll need is a static duster to attach to the cleaning pole to do the actual dirty work. This attachment is the only thing that will 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 as well; to clean those, you will want a forked dusting tool. These magical tools can remove dust and cobwebs from ceiling-fan blades in one pass, leaving them looking like new again.

How to Dust High Ceilings:

Safety First

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.

Turn off any power sources to ceiling fans in the event they are accidentally switched on. A surprise powering on of a ceiling fan and consequential injury or damage is not something you want to mess with!

Dusting the Vaulted Ceilings

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.

How to Deep Wash High Ceilings:

If you are feeling especially ambitious and you want to learn how to wash high ceilings, 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 where you are working, so as to not get them wet.

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.