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A Surefire Way to Keep Ceilings Free of Guck


Throwing open the windows and doors in the summer is glorious, until mid August when flies invade your home. Flies are annoying to everyone, including the family pet, but the insult to injury is the mess they leave on the ceiling. Did you know that the average housefly poops every five minutes? Yep, this allows them to distribute hundreds of fly spots all over your house in a single day. But what’s worse is that the dirt from housefly debris contains acidic components which can cause permanent damage if not cleaned regularly.

Cleaning the ceiling can be difficult, so be sure to have a sturdy ladder and an assistant to spot you as you climb. You’ll also need a clean spray bottle, white vinegar, 2 microfibre cloths (or one microfibre cloth and a melamine square).


Let’s get started:

  1. Combine equal amounts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  2. Test the solution on a small section of your ceiling to be sure the solution is safe.
  3. If safe, tackle the rest of the ceiling. Start in one corner, using small circular motions. Carefully clean the entire ceiling, section by section. Take breaks when you need to (this task can be tough on your neck and back).
  4. As the spots are removed, use a dry microfibre cloth to buff and dry the area.


Don’t Apply Too Much Pressure!

If you use a harsh cleaner and/or textured cloth you can rub through the top layer of ceiling paint. This could leave shiny rub marks which are most noticeable when the light hits.

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