Popcorn Ceiling Maintenance

A close-up of a popcorn ceiling.

If you have a popcorn ceiling that needs to be cleaned or repaired, keep the following facts in mind. First, older popcorn ceiling material may contain asbestos. If so, it should be tested and dealt with by a certified asbestos abatement contractor. Second, the textured material comes off easily. Pressing too hard while cleaning it may cause pieces of the ceiling to fall.

How to Clean a Popcorn Ceiling

If the ceiling is dusty or has cobwebs, use either a vacuum with a soft brush or a feather duster. Brush the ceiling lightly. If there are stains, a sponge dipped in vinegar and water might be enough to remove them. Remember, though, any contact with the ceiling may knock off parts of the popcorn texture, so be as gentle as possible.

How to Repair a Popcorn Ceiling

Remove the textured material around any hole or crack. Make sure to sand the drywall smooth. Next, prime the area and fill in the space with new material. If water caused the problem, your first priority is eliminating the leak. Small holes can be filled with spackle and then textured with a putty knife. Matching the repair to the old look can be difficult, but touching up the ceiling with paint can help.

So, don't let the fact that you have a popcorn ceiling hold you back from maintaining it yourself. With this advice and a little elbow grease, it will stay in tiptop shape!