I recently purchased a home with a dirty stippled ceiling. The pointy tips
of the stippling are dirty, and I'd like to remove most of the junk before I
paint the ceiling. Also, I don't want to do too much damage to the texture.
Thanks in advance.
Paint over it. You have to get an extraordinary thick roller made for
the purpose and ONLY pass an area once. NEVER GO BACKWARDS OR YOU
WILL REMOVE THE TEXTURE. Once you paint one coat the ceiling will be
able to take much more abuse without damage.
It's hard enough to paint over textured ceiling without making it fall off
(as mentioned by Art), and I think it's a bit anal to try to clean it first,
so get a foam roller made for the purpose and follow Art's suggestion.
If its a sponge and plaster texture, it can be cleaned with a broom, just
ignore the pointy bits falling off, its gonna happen regardless, and won't
change the asthetics of the ceiling.
But if its the foam ball spray on texture, refrain from cleaning and take
care painting as this texture is the one apt to "peel" off when painting.
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