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How do you keep your popcorn ceilings free of dust?

Asked by robmandu (21203 points ) January 3rd, 2009

Besides scraping ‘em off and re-plastering, of course.

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jessenicholas's avatar

Scraping is not as bad as you think. Just cover everything in plastic and go to it. It’s so worth it in the long run.

jessturtle23's avatar

Scrape it! Popcorn ceilings suck. I know that is not the answer you are looking for but I really have a problem with popcorn ceilings.

sndfreQ's avatar

In some cases popcorn ceilings are installed to cover up cracks and uneven ceilings, so probably not the best thing to do, especially in a rental.

For cleaning (dust and cobwebs), I use a feather duster made of synthetic “plumes,” but also a very soft-bristled broom dies the trick. You could also use a vacuum cleaner if the hose is the type that extends (with a wand on the end). Mine has a brush attachment on the end which seems to do the trick.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I always used to see my mom vacuum them when I was younger.

If you do choose to get rid of the popcorn texture (and who could ever blame you?) be careful – they used to put harmful chemicals in the mixture – so wear a mask.

buster's avatar

HIt the popcorn ceiling with a dustmop then repaint it with a really thick rollercover. New paint will make it look nicer than just trying to clean it.

DrBill's avatar

once it is clean, spray it LIGHTLY with lemon Pledge, it cuts down on static cling and it will take it longer to get dirty again.

augustlan's avatar

Oh, how I loathe my popcorn ceilings. I usually vacuum them, but first I ignore it for as long as I can stand it!

syz's avatar

I used a lambswool duster on the end of a long pole, and it made an amazing difference. I had actually cleaned it in preparation for painting, and then decided I no longer needed to paint because it looked so much better.

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