Cleaning Supplies for Very High Ceilings

Updated April 13, 2018

High ceilings add light and drama to a room and they can make even small rooms look large and grand, but not if there are dusty cobwebs hanging from corner to corner like a holiday bunting. If you are not 10 feet tall, the task of cleaning a high ceiling can be a challenging one, but with the right supplies you can finish the job safely and quickly.

Safety Supplies

When cleaning a high ceiling, wear flat, comfortable shoes that will help you remain stable on a ladder. Protect your eyes from falling debris with safety goggles, and wear a dust mask to avoid inhaling dust, cobwebs and insects.


A sturdy ladder in the most important tool you can have when cleaning a high ceiling. A platform ladder is ideal for this job because it is engineered to be sturdy and the platform provides a space to hold small tools. If you must navigate around stairs in order to reach the entire ceiling, a combination ladder may be the best choice for you. For greatest safety, use a ladder that extends at least three steps beyond the height at which you wish to stand, according to information on the website DIY Data.

Cleaning Tools

Dusters and brooms with telescopic handles are must-have supplies for removing dust and cobwebs from high ceilings. Soft-bristled dusters also can be used to clean recessed lights in the ceiling. If your ceiling-cleaning chore includes dusting the blades of a ceiling fan, invest in a circular fan duster than fits over the blade and cleans both sides at the same time. Vacuums should be the perfect tool for neatly suctioning up cobwebs and dust, but most vacuum hoses aren't long enough to reach a ceiling, and trying to lift up the vacuum can be unwieldy and dangerous on a ladder. Hose extensions are available for some models. Check with your vacuum manufacturer and order one if possible.

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Jo Burns has been a freelance writer since 1980. She specializes in articles relating to home and garden, alternative health care, travel, writing and crafting. In 2007, Burns received an M.F.A. in creative writing.