Gentle but effective: How to clean stretch ceilings


A stretch ceiling does not require much care, the antistatic surface hardly attracts dust. Also, such a ceiling does not have to be painted, with luck, it will last for many decades without any revision. However, over the years, some dirt may accumulate on the surface, be it through the soot of the stove or because of kitchen fumes. Do not worry, stretch ceilings are easy to clean!

That's not how it works! Protect the stretch ceiling from scratches

As stretch ceilings usually consist of either PVC film or a polyester fabric, they are quite sensitive to scratching. A treatment with abrasives they do not tolerate, even a scouring sponge can withstand bad.

Also, when cleaning your stretch ceiling, do not put too much pressure on it to avoid tearing the live material. Always leave the recessed spotlights in their place and only clean their surfaces.

Gently clean stretch ceilings - a quick guide

Stretch ceilings usually have fairly smooth surfaces, which hardly give the dirt the opportunity to settle properly. That's why scouring and pressure are rarely needed, but in most cases the gentle methods are wonderful:

  • Fill lukewarm water into a bucket.
  • Add some neutral detergent.
  • Put on rubber gloves.
  • Grab a soft flannel cloth.
  • Thoroughly wash the surface of the stretch ceiling.
  • Rub it dry with another flannel cloth.

Avoid using microfibre cloths that may matt the glossy surfaces over time. Because the microfibers produce many very fine scratches, which add up visibly in several cleaning processes.

If you want to polish your stretch ceiling after some time or remove stubborn stains, we recommend the use of a special cleaner with polishing function. Ask the manufacturer of your ceiling foil!

Tips & Tricks

Heat and solvents can also cause damage to a stretch ceiling, so be careful not to use a steam cleaner or overly abrasive agents that dissolve PVC or polyester.


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