Stretch ceilings firmly chose their place in apartments and houses. They are unpretentious in terms of cleaning. Many of them have an antistatic coating, dust does not settle on them. But this does not mean that there is no need to clean such a ceiling. Over time, dirt will climb up.
The stretch matte ceiling fits perfectly into almost any interior. But various kinds of pollution can spoil any positive impression, even from the most sophisticated design. In addition, daily inhalation of dust does not contribute to better health. Although the canvas has an antistatic effect, but, like on any other surface, the dust will settle over time, and this effect does not save from other types of dirt.
Spray of champagne and soda, traces of the activity of various flies, lime condensate, soapy deposits, traces of soot, smoke and grease - these are not all the possible pollution of the ceiling. To wash them at home is completely within the power of any housewife. The main thing is to know the features of the material being cleaned.
Matte stretch ceilings are most often made of PVC film. Such material does not tolerate hard brushes, abrasives and rough handling. Too much force can cause cracks or even holes, in addition, the canvas can be inadvertently deformed. Such a surface cannot be cleaned with acetone-based products; an aggressive compound can “eat through” the coating.
There are several ways to clean the ceiling without streaks:
- Dry cleaning - the surface is wiped with a dry or slightly damp soft cloth, a special microfiber cloth. It is usually used when it is only necessary to brush off the dust.
- Dry cleaning with a vacuum cleaner - only use a special nozzle with a very soft pile.
- Wet cleaning - can be carried out both with plain water (the temperature of which should not exceed 40 degrees), and with the help of special solutions (purchased or made with your own hands).
- Steam cleaning - respectively, using a steam generator.
The surface of fabric ceilings is best cleaned with dry methods. When installing fabric webs, it is necessary to clarify whether such a coating is able to withstand wet cleaning. Not all fabrics used to decorate the ceiling are saturated with special compounds. And if you do wet cleaning of such ceilings, then you can inadvertently spoil the appearance of the coating.
How and what to wash?
It is not difficult to care for the matte ceiling if it is located in the living room, hallway, bedroom. Care of the canvas can be done once every few months, once every six months. Depending on the load of these rooms.
Another thing is the ceilings in the kitchen, bathroom. These rooms are characterized by increased “dirt accumulation”. Soaps, limescale - quite often you can see on the ceilings in the bathrooms. Traces of soot, grease remain on the surfaces of the kitchen. And unscrupulous smokers can leave reminders about themselves in the form of traces of burning, smoke.
It is quite possible to clean the ceiling from any type of contamination with improvised means , and specially designed for these purposes. To do this, it is enough to wash the ceiling and wipe it dry so that there are no traces of stains.
Tools and Tools
Regardless of the degree of pollution of the ceiling, to clean it you will need:
- rags (cotton, for this purpose you can put old linen on rags) or napkins (they should be soft from non-woven lint-free materials, microfiber), soft sponges without a hard base;
- a good stable ladder (or stand, with which you certainly will not fall);
- when cleaning with a vacuum cleaner, the device must be equipped with a special nozzle with a soft pile;
- water, a cleaning agent, or a soap solution;
- atomizer - it can be used to facilitate the application of diluted detergents, if they are not presented in the form of aerosols or sprays;
- when using chemicals (even if made in-house) gloves will not be superfluous, which are simply necessary if the person who is cleaning the surface has a wonderful manicure on long nails;
- mop - she should use it very carefully. Its working crossbeam should be completely covered with a fabric, which in case of which does not slip and does not fall;
- steam generator, if such cleaning is practiced.
You can wash the stretch ceiling canvas even with ordinary water. It should be warm, but by no means hot! 40 degrees maximum. The temperature of any cleaning solution must not exceed this mark. You can enhance the effect of water with a dishwashing detergent or soap (not very alkaline, for example, for children).
When using products that dissolve well and form a rich foam, you can not wet the rags or sponges in the solution, but use foam. It will cope well even with old spots, and in terms of impact it will be less aggressive than the solution itself. So, for example, you can wash the matte cloth with foam from diluted laundry detergent. Take the powder for hand washing (“automatic” will not work for these purposes), whip into the foam using a mixer and apply to the surface.
Tools for cleaning glasses and mirrors, especially those containing ammonia, have proven themselves well. Alcohol remarkably removes fat. Apply, wait about 15 minutes, then rinse and dry the surface. But when using glass cleaning products, you should always be attentive to the composition. If acetone is contained, then it should not be used categorically.
"Mr. Muscle", "Vanish" - have a rather gentle composition , which nevertheless perfectly removes dirt. And of course, in a hardware store you can buy a product specially designed for cleaning stretch ceilings that cleans dirt, does no harm to the coating and does not leave stains.
Dust can only be removed from the mat with a dry, soft cloth. The main thing is to wipe the surface correctly when cleaning, without pressing too hard, do not rub with force. The ceiling is a structure made of frame and stretched fabric. If the exposure is too strong, the PVC film can deform - stretch into ugly stripes, wrinkles may form. Only professionals can fix this kind of defect.
When dry using a vacuum cleaner with a special nozzle, there is no need to bring the device close to the ceiling. It should be kept at a small, 1-2 cm distance.
When cleaning the ceiling with a steam generator, the instrument must be directed to contamination. Steam the surface, then immediately remove the condensation formed by wiping it dry.
When wet using a mop, you should also exercise extreme caution. If the fabric suddenly slips from the working crossbar, then trouble can not be avoided. The surface can be scratched. In addition, when using this tool, it is impossible to control the degree of exposure, as when working with a rag, sponge or napkin.
If the ceiling is cleaned by hand, then there should not be any jewelry on the hands, it is best to wear gloves. Often, for the treatment of the entire surface of the ceiling, several rags or napkins may be needed. Some to remove stains, others to dry and eliminate possible stains.
It’s better to clean the ceiling fragmentarily. One segment after another. It’s more convenient to move around, besides, the canvas is always contaminated unevenly, somewhere a more thorough and painstaking action may be needed, and somewhere just one movement of the hand with a damp cloth is enough.
When there is a lot of pollution on the ceiling, general cleaning was not carried out or was already a long time ago, for example, several years ago, decisive action is needed.
The technology of deep web cleaning takes place in several stages:
- Dry clean first. The web is swept away from corners and fixtures, dust is removed.
- Then, a cleaning composition is applied to the surface.
- A certain time is expected. (If the dirt is very strong, so that the detergent works at full strength. If the spots are small, then you can go to the next step).
- The composition is washed off the canvas.
- Next is the drying. Wipe the surface with a dry cloth, a rag. To eliminate traces of soapy stains.
In order to always delight the dull ceiling with its appearance, it is better to carry out dry cleaning regularly, and if stains occur, do not postpone their elimination for later, but immediately remove them while they are fresh and easy to clean.
For a drawing room, a hall, a bedroom and other rooms in which dirt does not accumulate so much, it is enough to carry out cleaning once every six months, a year.
Do not forget to ventilate the room where the suspended ceiling is installed.
All work is best done in the morning, when additional lighting is not required.
It is advisable to wash the suspended ceiling in the bathroom after each use. It is enough to remove condensate and soap deposits - wipe dry with a cloth. If such cleaning is not possible, then you need to take it as a rule - periodically do general cleaning in the room, starting from the ceiling.
Cope with fatty deposits will help funds, which include ammonia. Even despite the most powerful range hood, ceilings in the kitchen should be washed regularly and more often than, for example, in the living room. Dirt accumulates imperceptibly, but thoroughly.
Kitchen, bathroom, balcony - these are the most favorable places for the appearance of all kinds of pollution. Therefore, cleaning the ceiling here is more common.
Before cleaning, remove all jewelry from your fingers and wear gloves. This will protect the ceiling from small scratches, and hands - from the effects of chemistry.
If there is any doubt about how the cleaning composition will behave on the surface, then a preliminary test can be done. Apply the product somewhere in the “dark” corner of the room. Even if damage occurs, it will be imperceptible.
Often, stains remain after being overdone with detergent concentrate or forgot to wipe the cleaning composition from the surface and dry it. To eliminate existing soap strips, repeat the procedure for cleaning the ceiling using an aqueous solution of ammonia (dilute the product in a ratio of 1: 10).
The surface of the ceiling is best cleaned in segments. Along the seams. Straight lines. After cleaning, do not forget to walk along the canvas with a dry cloth. Such drying will protect from unnecessary stains.
Some types of contamination, such as discoloration of the canvas, cannot be eliminated with improvised means. This type of pollution can be attributed to yellowness on the kitchen ceiling. These color changes are due to exposure to hot steam. It is impossible to use any “bleaches” here. By the way, bleaching agents for cleaning stretch ceilings can not be used in any case.
Matte ceiling is a beautiful and important detail of the interior. And if you do not forget to clean it regularly, then it will last for many years, delighting you with its pristine beauty.
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