The Best Way to Clean a Textured Ceiling

A group of cleaning supplies.
What You'll Need
Cleaning Solution
Spray Bottle
Paint Roller

Textured ceilings are very common and are well suited to many different types of decor. Many new homes have textured ceilings, which look very fashionable. Cleaning textured ceilings, however, can be a real challenge.

Textured ceilings can collect a lot of dirt and grime. By following certain techniques carefully you will be able to remove all of the dirt and restore your ceiling to its former glory. Be careful to ensure that you don't cause any harm to the ceiling.


First, prepare all of the necessary pieces of equipment and materials. Make sure these are all available in your room. You will need a ladder to reach the ceiling, a paint roller, spray bottle, cleaning solution, and some rags. By getting all of these things ready now you will be able to save yourself a lot of time.

Climbing the Ladder

Prop the ladder against the wall and make sure it's secure. Ask someone else to hold the bottom of the ladder while you climb up. Ensure that you can reach the ceiling comfortably; you don't want to be stretching too much to reach the ceiling. Never work alone from a ladder.

Mixing Cleaning Solution

Mix the cleaning solution with water according to the manufacturer's directions and put it into a spray bottle. This will then be used to clean the ceiling.

Cleaning the Ceiling

Separate the ceiling into small 2-foot squares for cleaning. Spray one of the squares using the cleaning solution and let the solution rest for around five minutes. This will give it time to loosen the dirt and grime on the ceiling.

Make sure that you use a soft cloth to clean the ceiling because any abrasive surfaces could cause damage to the textured ceiling finish.


Use the paint roller with some water to dampen the ceiling. If you prefer you can use a long-handled roller so that you don't need to climb up your ladder for this step.

Use a rag to wipe away the water and the foam cleaning solution. This should remove a lot of dirt. However, you might need to repeat the process a number of times before all of the dirt is removed.

Cleaning the Rest of the Ceiling

Repeat the above steps on the other sections of the ceiling until the entire ceiling is completely clean. You can then go over the whole ceiling one last time to ensure the ceiling is completely clean.

Drastic Measures

If you smoke, you might find you have problems with stains on the ceiling. This may call for more drastic measures. To resolve this issue you can re-paint the entire ceiling. If you do decide to do this, you must ensure that the rest of the room is protected so that you don't get paint everywhere.

Cleaning your textured ceiling doesn't have to be a headache. Happy cleaning!