Cleaning a sharply stippled ceiling?

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Old 02-17-16, 07:51 PM
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Cleaning a sharply stippled ceiling?

I have a mobile home that has stippled ceilings. The stippling is small and sharp - if you brush the back of your hand on it, you'll easily get a lot of small cuts.

Using a cloth or sponge in a wiping motion is out of the question.

Does anyone have a magic handy answer as to how I should clean these ceilings?

(A web search did not turn up any useful answers)

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Old 02-17-16, 09:11 PM
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Use a vacuum (or shop vac) with a bristled upholstery attachment. Then paint it. If it has never been painted, the texture has probably absorbed some stains and you will need to use Kilz or some other type of stain blocking primer first. Stipped ceilings will require a heavy nap roller. 1/2" or more, depending.
 
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Old 02-18-16, 08:43 AM
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Why do you need to clean it? Ceilings don't normally need to be cleaned so there may not be much point unless you address the cause of the issue.
 
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XSleeper, thanks for your reply. I would like to paint but my time is limited and I was hoping to just clean it.
 
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Stickshift - yes, ceilings don't normally need to be cleaned. I left the MH closed up a long time without air circulation. I now know better.
So, there is light surface mold at places throughout the home.
I can spray it with Concrobium, but I would like to clean it first.

I will be leaving air circulating from now on , so mold shouldn't be a problem after I get everything cleaned.
 
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Misting and scrubbing [with a brush] the moldy areas should take care of it.

I typed this earlier but must have hit the wrong button and it didn't post
I agree, brush off any dirt/dust that comes off easily and paint with a quality latex [ceiling paint might not adhere great to that type of unpainted ceiling] A satin or eggshell enamel will have a sheen close to the factory finish. I'd use a 1/2" or 3/4" nap roller cover.
 
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