How do I repair and clean a popcorn ceiling?

Sharon Trucker
by Sharon Trucker

took down some track lighting -have 2 holes and dirty ceiling

  12 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 07, 2020

    Patch with sheetrock mud. If the holes are large, use one of the mesh patches and then mud. After you are done, you can texture it. They sell it in spray cans at most big box stores.

    If the ceiling is superficially dirty, try blowing it for cleaning and a microfiber duster. If it's beyond that, you may want to paint it. Increase your paint by 25% at least because it soaks up the paint.

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 07, 2020

    Very good site that even has a small bit concerning how to clean a few stains:

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 07, 2020

    Hi Sharon, you can buy a kit from the home improvement stores to repair the stipple, here is a link to show you how

  • Gk Gk on Feb 07, 2020

    It might be time to paint the ceiling! Popcorn is hard to clean! Use a ceiling paint that goes on a light purple and then dries to a bright white. I believe that Dutch Boy ceiling paint does that. I have used that a few times to paint my popcorn ceilings. You can at least see then where you have painted while you are up on a ladder!

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Feb 07, 2020

    Sharon..l would suggest you use a feather duster..l use a step later & gently sweep my takes a little time but works well for me..also be prepared to clean dust from everything because it will fall unless you cover with sheet, etc. Good luck

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Feb 07, 2020

    I would repair it and then repaint it so it blends together.

  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Feb 07, 2020

    I agree Cynthia. You need some sort of Spackling Compound to fill the holes. Because the Spackle will not blend with the ceiling color, you will need to paint the entire ceiling.

  • Y Y on Feb 08, 2020

    Careful - asbestos was most likely used for the texture. Painting over it will help encapsulate particles and give a clean + uniform finish. Avoid sanding +/or use mask when you patch/spackle the holes.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Feb 08, 2020

    You can buy the texture in a spray can!

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Feb 11, 2020

    You could repair with compound and make the compound stick off like the rest .when dry you should paint it with a fuzzy roller

  • Ann48742136 Ann48742136 on Sep 29, 2021

    You can find a lot of tutorials online. But, trust me, I have tried several of them, and all I did was make it worse. Don't repeat my mistake and ask a professional company like for help. In the end, it will be cheaper, believe me. Plus, the quality of the work will be a lot higher. You'll also get a guarantee, and in case something goes wrong with the ceiling, you'll have whom to ask for help without worrying about paying twice.