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High Ceiling Dust Removal

Updated February 21, 2017

From a hygiene point of view, it's important to keep your home dust-free. This applies to your ceilings just as much as your floors. If your ceilings are high, it's tempting to wait until the dust falls to a more accessible level before removing it. However, dust does not just fall. It enters the atmosphere and floats around before settling. During this time, people are breathing it in. With the right equipment, you can remove it from high ceilings and dispose of it.

Safety First

When cleaning a high ceiling, safety is the number one priority. Do not try to use cleaning equipment of any kind from the top of a ladder or set of steps. Use equipment with a long enough reach to allow you to remain standing on the floor. The aim of ceiling dusting is to make your home healthy, and you defeat this purpose if you break a bone in the process.

Effective Dust Removal

The most effective way to remove dust from household surfaces is by vacuuming. The vacuum sucks dust straight into the cleaner. Dust has no chance to enter the atmosphere and float onto another hard-to-access area. When vacuuming a ceiling, use the dusting brush to clean the point where the ceiling and wall meet and a good-quality hard floor tool to vacuum the remainder of the ceiling area. In the case of a high ceiling, however, you will need to extend your vacuum cleaner's reach.

Extending Your Vacuum Cleaner

Most vacuum cleaners come with two extension wands or one telescopic extension wand. To increase the cleaning range, purchase one or two extra extension wands. If it proves difficult to obtain the same diameter of wand, purchase the required number of wands with a different diameter along with a vacuum cleaner adaptor to provide the necessary link. These adaptors can also attach a vacuum tool with one diameter to a vacuum wand with another.

The Right Tools

Once your vacuum wands are long enough to reach the highest point on your ceiling, keeping it clean is a relatively simple matter. If your high ceiling is also vaulted, use your vacuum's crevice nozzle to suck cobwebs and dust out of the narrow point at the top. The distance between you and the end of the vacuum's extension wands will make it more difficult to fully control the cleaning nozzles. For this reason, it is best not to use the vacuum to dust delicate light fittings and ceiling fans. Use a microfiber or lambswool duster with a long telescopic handle instead. These will trap and retain dust. Simply shake them outside when you've finished.

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About the Author

Belfast-based Neil Greenlees was made redundant in March 2009 after working as a reporter for 26 years. For most of his career he was a senior journalist with ''The Ulster Star," a weekly newspaper covering the Lisburn and South Belfast areas. Greenlees holds the National Council for the Training of Journalists Pre-Entry Certificate.