How to Eliminate Stains and Clean Different Types of Ceiling Tiles and Grout
Ceiling tiles can be very beautiful when they are installed
for the first time. But after a year or so, what was once attractive to look at
can turn into a grimy nightmare.
There are different types of ceiling tiles, and each of them
requires unique cleaning and stain removal methods.
Colored or Sealed White / Nonporous Ceiling Tiles
This type of ceiling tile is really beautiful and sealed,
often featuring intricate designs.
Light dusting once monthly or every other month is the only
kind of regular cleaning task that these tiles need.
- Disposable dusting sheets
often scratch the finish, which means they are not recommended to use.
- Use a clean terry cloth to
dry the tiles completely to prevent streaks and restore their high shine.
- Dust these tiles as needed
with a soft cotton feather duster, static duster, or dust mop.
- Use a mild solution of one
tablespoon dishwashing liquid added to one gallon of warm water. Soak a
soft cloth in it and wipe it gently on your ceiling tiles.
- Since sealed ceiling tiles
are nonporous, you can just use water and mild dishwashing solution to
Porous Ceiling Tiles
These are a type of non-sealed sound-absorbing or acoustic
tiles used in many commercial buildings today. Sadly, these ceiling tiles are
tricky to clean since they are made of fibrous material that has holes in them.
A routine vacuuming or dusting using a soft brush attachment
can prevent stains, dirt, and cobwebs from damaging your ceiling. Once stains
formed, these tiles often need replacement.
- A soft dusting or brush
attachment on a vacuum cleaner can work well to siphon off particles that
regular dusting would have made airborne.
- Always be gentle to avoid
pushing dirt into the tiles’ open holes.
- Avoid using disposable
dusting cloths that can snag on these tiles and make them dirtier as they
grind in cobwebs, dirt, and dust.
- Dust using a quality
static duster or feather duster, paying extra attention to cobwebs and
- Use a dust mask to ensure
you don’t inhale dirt and dust, especially if it has been a long time
since you dusted your ceiling.
- Cover your floors and
furniture with a drop cloth to save yourself from the need to clean the
entire room afterward.
- Wear protective eyewear to
keep your eyes protected from particles and dust that may cause serious
- Use a dry sponge to attack
stains, dirt, or spots.
Wood Finished, Copper, Silver, or Tin Ceiling Tiles
These types of ceiling tiles often have facings made of
materials such as PVC or vinyl. They feature beautiful finishes that resemble
plaster, metal or decorative wood surfaces with intricate raised designs. These
tiles are often easy to clean and waterproof.
- Clean tiles individually
using separate towels for cleaning, rinsing, and drying.
- Clean using a soft cotton
towel then wipe gently with the mild cleaning solution of one gallon of
warm water and a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid.
- Dust with a static duster,
feather duster, or dust mop.
- Dry the tile thoroughly
with a piece of clean terry cloth to avoid streaking and restore high
- Use another clean damp rag
for rinsing the tiles.