How to clean stains from ceilings
For sure, there are places at home we rarely remember to clean. Ceilings are some of them. They are difficult to clean because sometimes it’s difficult to examine the stain over there and to decide how to treat it correctly.
Here are some tips that will give you an idea how to deal with cleaning of ceilings.
First of all, you have to determine the problem and the type of stain. Mainly the stains on the ceiling are made of smoke or water. The good news is that most of the ceilings are washable but you have to be really careful with the acoustic type which needs a special treatment. It is easy to understand what kind of stain there is because the water one is usually yellow or brownish and the stain from smoke is grayish.
The second step is to remove the stain. If it is a water stain you have to check if there is a roof leak and if you are unable to find the reason of the problem you better call a professional. If you have found the main reason for the water stains, it’s time for cleaning them. If there is mold, blot the area with a cleaning solution (you can use a mixture of bleach and water). Then put primer and wait for it to dry completely and finish with painting this part of the ceiling with a roller brush.
If the stain is caused by tobacco, use a chemically treated sponge to rub the affected ceiling areas – it will absorb the dirt. It is important not to use water on soot covered surfaces.
The best way to remove the tobacco smoke stains is to wipe the ceiling with TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate) and water mixture. Dissolve about 1 table spoon of TSP into 1 gallon of warm water. Do not attempt to hide the smoke marks by just painting over them because they will probably very soon reappear.
When cleaning the ceiling, do not forget to use rubber gloves!