It’s the last area you’d think to clean, but it’s an equally important area to clean. Floors get
mopped, toilets get scrubbed, windows get washed, and even walls get a wipe down from time
to time. However, ceilings rarely get the cleaning attention they require. Like any other area,
ceilings aren’t immune to dirt, dust and other debris, so they need to be tended to. Thankfully
there are solutions to get the job done, but forewarning, ceilings can be more challenging to
clean than they appear.
Cleaning Ceilings Challenges
Both residential and commercial ceilings present their own sets of challenges when it comes to
tackling the grime. Residential ceilings can vary in texture; for example, you may have a modern
flat finish throughout your home or a rougher popcorn finish, if your home is older. Size and
ceiling details can also act as variables. Ornate features such as crown molding, wood beams,
and tray ceilings create additional surfaces for dust to collect. Heat registers, recessed lights or
lighting fixtures breed dirt as well and add to the complexity of the job.
Conversely, commercial space ceilings can be difficult to keep spic and span, for their own
unique reasons. Whether it be an office, school or hospital, ceilings in commercial spaces can
differ in style significantly. While traditional tile ceilings have been popular for decades, industrial
designs have emerged in popularity more recently, accentuating exposed features. Exposed
ductwork, plumbing and electrical look great, but your cleaning surfaces multiply in addition to
sprinklers, lights, fans, and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.
Breath Easier by Cleaning Ceilings
The fact that ceilings are out of reach, and therefore often ignored, creates the perfect
environment for crud to compile. Dust accumulates, airborne dirt settles, cobwebs form and
even insects begin to occupy the space above your head, if not properly maintained.
Furthermore, stains can appear over time and make for unsightly first impressions. Removing
debris from all nooks, crannies, and crevices, wiping surfaces down, treating stains, and getting
rid of any bugs can make for an overall healthier environment.
Cleaning the ceilings can certainly help you breathe a little easier, but it can also serve as an
important reminder to maintain the functionality of the space. Swap out any dead light bulbs,
clear any obstructions from registers/fans, install fresh batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide
detectors and check detector expiration dates. You may also want to have commercial sprinkler
systems evaluated for good working condition. Recurring stains on the ceiling may be indicative
of larger problems, such as a leak; consider bringing in a professional to assess it. If you
address problems early, you’ll end up saving money in the long run.
So you see, there’s a lot more to ceilings than meets the eye. While you can perform basic
maintenance yourself, thorough cleanings are best left to the professionals. In addition to the
danger of falling while cleaning, you negate the risk of damaging ceiling texture or finish or using
chemicals that can be very disruptive to those using the space.
Harsh cleaning chemicals can cause health implications such as migraines or minor breathing
difficulties, due to strong odors. This is felt most in the workplace, where such issues can affect
employee productivity. Master Care uses green cleaning products and procedures that
effectively and efficiently clean any area, leaving little to no scent afterward and ultimately make
for a safe, pleasant space.
Looking Upwards and Onwards
Ceilings are in no way resistant to dust, dirt, and grime. Cleaning them can both improve your
health and make your space more livable. It can also help remind you of important, cost-saving
tasks to complete. If you can’t remember the last time your ceilings were cleaned, it may be time
to call the Master Care team. If the secret of life is to keep looking up, you’d better make sure
the ceiling is clean.