How to pick out the best mop for cleaning ceilings

While not as often considered, it’s essential to remember that your facility’s ceilings are not resistant to grime, dirt and dust. This can inevitably cause a host of health issues and respiratory problems,  especially in the young and elderly. 

Frequently cleaning ceilings and washing floors at your facility can help you improve the overall environment while supporting the long-term health of your employees, guests and customers — but you need the right equipment and techniques to get you there. Read on to learn how to pick the right mop for cleaning your ceiling and walls and other helpful considerations to keep in mind along the way. 

Picking out a mop to clean the ceiling

Your ceiling may be more difficult to access and clean, but, unfortunately, airborne micro-particles and dust frequently accumulate on the ceiling. This makes it essential for organisations to clean walls and ceilings regularly to reduce grime, dirt and dust and lower the chances of developing mould. 

Because most mops are typically used to clean the floor exclusively, it can be difficult to determine the best mop for cleaning walls and ceilings. We’re taking a closer look at the different mop head options for cleaning your facility and the most important factors to consider when making your decision. 

Types of products to consider

  1. Microfibre mop heads

The surface of a microfibre mop has fine synthetic fibre that attracts dust and dirt and traps it — so you’re not simply pushing dirt around but picking it up and removing it. This type of mop pad is a popular option for cleaning ceilings because of its flat design and improved ability to trap dust, dirt and grime. 

  1. Dusting wand heads

A dust mop has a similar flat and rectangular shape, designed for general dry, dust mopping. A lightweight and flexible dust mop is another good option for cleaning walls and ceilings, helping you clean difficult-to-reach areas and get cobwebs out of corners and overhead shelving. 

  1. Spray mop heads

Spray mops have a built-in cartridge to dispense your preferred cleaning solution. However, because you risk disinfectant leaks when lifting them, spray mops may be more suitable to clean a floor or the lower portion of a wall rather than the ceiling. 

  1. Sponge mop heads

Sponge mops consist of a spongy head that usually has an attached wringer. While a sponge mop is a great option for cleaning tile and other uneven surfaces, it’s likely not your best choice to clean your ceiling efficiently and effectively. 

Factors to look for in your mop

  • Weight: Considering cleaning walls and ceilings requires you to hold equipment over your head for extended periods, it’s best to look for a mop that isn’t too heavy. Choosing an option that weighs no more than 1.5 kgs is recommended. 
  • Mop head size: For greater speed and efficiency, consider a larger mop head that covers more surface area. 
  • Extendable handle: To help you reach a high ceiling in your facility, choose a mop with an extendable handle that allows you to adjust its length as needed. 
  • Mop head flexibility: A flexible mop head that allows anywhere from a 90-degree pivot to a 360-degree swivel can help you clean corners, creases and tight areas more successfully.
  • Mop head strength: When cleaning ceilings and washing walls, it’s important to choose a softer mop head instead of an abrasive one. While a course mop can be useful for a stubborn floor stain or spot cleaning, it can easily damage a wall or ceiling. 

Ceiling cleaning techniques

Keep in mind, the ceiling cleaning techniques you need to take advantage of are all dependent on the materials you’re working with.

  • Ceiling tile: Ceiling tile is resilient, meaning it can withstand different cleansers. You can use a solution of clean water and dish soap with a microfibre mop and your preferred cleaning solution for spot cleaning as well. 
  • Textured plaster or popcorn ceilings: For textured or popcorn ceilings, these commercial facilities typically require more frequent and intricate cleaning as more dust can rest on any curves and bends. As a result, it’s best to use dry cleaning tools, such as a microfibre dusting wand and a vacuum cleaner for nooks and crannies. 
  • Painted ceilings: Flat, painted ceilings can be cleaned with a soft mop head and a gentle solution of water and dish soap. It’s essential to avoid too much moisture and an abrasive tool, as they both can damage your ceiling throughout the process.

Five tips to bear in mind

  1. A high ceiling can trap dust and dirt in hard-to-reach areas. Ensure you have the right cleaning tools at your disposal, such as an extendable handle and stepping stool, and take all necessary precautions to reduce the risk of injury.
  2. Protect your furniture with drop cloths or tarps in case of falling dust. 
  3. Work with plenty of light to guarantee you get the cleaning results you want for your facility.
  4. Use a vacuum to supplement your mopping.
  5. Don’t forget to clean your ceiling fan and lighting fixtures, too!

How often to clean the ceiling

When it comes to how often commercial ceilings should be cleaned, it’s largely dependent on environmental factors. However, it’s generally recommended that a commercial ceiling be more frequently cleaned than a residential ceiling — anywhere between six and thirty-six months. For facilities with a commercial cooking area, you will likely need to clean ceilings and kitchen walls more often to avoid the buildup of grease, dirt and other bacteria. Note: If your business is experiencing recurring stains, water or mould, these are telltale signs that there’s a larger problem that needs to be addressed. 

Learn more tips on how to clean your facility efficiently and effectively, and discover Rubbermaid Commercial cleaning equipment on our website.