Generally speaking, tin ceilings are a very low-maintenance. Metal tiles of any variety are quite resistant to stains and damage of all types. In addition, your ceiling probably receives less dirt, water, and other stain-causing materials than any other part of your home. However, in the unlikely event that the metal tiles on your ceiling get dirty, you will need to clean them.
Step 1—Dust the Tiles
In order to keep your tiles looking their best, you will have to dust them. Simply go over the tiles with a feather duster. Use one with a long handle if possible. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to get on a ladder.
Step 2—Mix the Cleaning Solution
Get out a bucket and fill it with warm water. Squirt in a small amount of dish soap and mix them together thoroughly. You read that right—all you need is soapy water.
Step 3—Wash the Tiles
Now, you need a ladder regardless of whether you used one in Step 1. Soak your sponge in the mixture you made and then wring it out so it doesn’t drip. Now—you guessed it—scrub the ceiling. When you have finished cleaning a particular area, dry it off with a towel. When you’ve cleaned all the tiles you can reach, move your ladder to an adjacent area and repeat.
Step 4—Polish the Tiles
If, after this, some of your tiles still look drab, faded, or even dirty, there are many varieties of commercially produced metal polish that you can use in this situation. It is best to choose one formulated specifically for the particular type of metal from which your ceiling tiles are made.
Put a small amount of this on a clean rag and apply it to the problematic tiles. Use a second clean rag to remove the polish once you have applied it. Remember: focus your efforts on tiles that look the worse for wear. Chances are good that not all of your tiles actually need to be polished.