Removing Stains from Ceiling Tiles

by Amy Gordon
(last updated October 9, 2017)

The ceiling is one area of your home that you would think would be relatively free of stains, considering how high up it is. Who, after all, would throw food and beverages at the ceiling, for crying out loud? Sadly, however, ceiling tiles take as many stains as many other areas of the house, so here are some tips for removing them.

Among the many offending items that can cause stains on your ceiling tiles are water—omnipresent and just waiting to seep in through pipes, the roof, the walls—nicotine and cigarette smoke, cooking smoke, cobwebs, airborne dirt, and even bacteria. Since the solutions are more or less identical for all of these stains, we will discuss them in a little more detail.

Before you begin the process of removing stains from ceiling tiles, you must take steps to protect your furniture, fixtures, and floors with cloth, plastic, or newspaper. If you can manage to clean the ceiling tiles without getting on a ladder, do so. And if you are cleaning your ceiling tiles as part of an overall room-cleaning process, always clean the ceiling before starting on walls and floors.

Removing stains from ceiling tiles may not be such a bothersome affair if you can wield your vacuum cleaner's dust brush attachment effectively. A vacuum works especially well on stains that have not set in yet.

Alternatively, you can remove mild stains and dirt with detergent and water, but whenever you use water on ceiling tiles, make sure you dry them thoroughly afterward.

For cobwebs, you will need to use a vacuum cleaner. Vacuuming is essential because cobwebs tend to collect grease. Additionally, they gather airborne dust and smoke from cooking and cigarettes. In other words, cobwebs are truly greasy. Rubbing cobwebs with a cloth duster will only smear them and produce stains that are tougher to remove.

In the case of more stubborn stains, wear rubber or latex gloves and dip a scrubber in a solution of a half cup chlorine bleach and a third cup powdered washing detergent in a gallon of warm water. Standing on your stepladder, carefully scrub the affected areas. Once you are satisfied that the entire area has been covered, rinse the area, again using the scrubber. For large stains, you need to rinse until the rinse water comes back clean, possibly using several buckets of fresh water.

Once the rinsing is complete, make sure the area is completely dry (opening a few windows might do the trick) before you consider your stain-removing campaign complete.

It may be wise to try to figure out which stains you can and can't tackle. You may not be up to the task of removing certain stains from your ceiling tiles. In that case, always summon professional help.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

MORE FROM AMY

Removing Coffee and Tea Stains from Cups

Tea and coffee often stain the cups and mugs you drink them in. To remove the stains, use some of the tips below. You can ...

Discover More

Make Cleaning Doors a Priority

Doors get touched constantly. They need to be cleaned as much as any other surface in your home since they easily pick up ...

Discover More

Hiding Scratches and Scrapes on Wood Floors

Wood floors gather tiny scratches and scrapes over time. You can hide these by scrubbing the blemishes with steel wool ...

Discover More

Tough Cleaning Jobs Require Brawny! Brawny paper towels provide the versatility you need: the strength for demanding jobs and the softness to clean up your child's messy face. This 24-roll pack of pick-a-size sheets can handle just about every cleaning task in your home. Check out Brawny 24-Pack Giant Paper Towels today!

More Cleaning Tips

Removing Powder from Grout

Tile is perhaps one of the most commonly used surfaces in both the bathroom and kitchen today. Since it is so common, it ...

Discover More

Cleaning Vinyl

Most likely, you have many different vinyl products in your home. With some easy steps, you can get your vinyl to look as ...

Discover More

Stubborn Marble Stains

For the most part, marble is a fairly easy material to clean and maintain. There are times though when it is a bit more ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 7 + 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.