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Safest Way to Clean Vaulted Ceilings


Vaulted ceilings guarantee wow factor, but keeping them clean is a challenge. Climbing up a ladder with a bucket full of water gets the job done, but it’s dangerous. There’s a much safer way! Just a quick trip to the hardware store and a little ingenuity.

What you need:

  • Safety goggles
  • Duster with telescopic arm
  • PVC pipe (2 inches in diameter and at least 6 ft. long)*
  • Duct tape
  • Vacuum cleaner

* Before purchasing PVC pipe, measure how much pipe you’ll need to reach the ceiling from a standing position.

Step One: Turn off the ceiling fan at its power source. You don’t want it to accidentally turn on while you clean.

Step Two: Dust ceiling fans and beams with a telescopic duster. Don’t forget to remove cobwebs from corners.

Step Three: Duct tape the PVC pipe to the end of your vacuum hose, essentially creating a homemade telescopic attachment for your vacuum cleaner. Now with your extended super sucker, you can easily remove any leftover debris the duster couldn’t reach.

Step Four: Remove PVC pipe from your vacuum and store it away for next time. Using the vacuum (restored to its original proportions), vacuum the floor, cleaning up any debris that may have fallen during the process.

PRO TIP:  Even if you wear eyeglasses, put safety goggles on. They’ll keep your eyes safe from dust and debris. It’s also a good idea to take frequent breaks to give your arms a rest.