How to Clean Ceiling Cornices

Now at this point, you know this isn’t just a cleaning blog. Sure, I’m a housewife, but I see myself more as the office manager of this home—I do the taxes, pay the mortgage, do the yard work, and make sure everybody sticks to their schedule. And yeah, I clean and cook and do grocery shopping, but this blog is way more than a how-to guide for people looking for ways to clean things.

Well, this post is going to diverge a bit, because I just cleaned my fist ceiling cornice and holy hell, that shit is difficult. I’ve been eyeing the dirt and dust in my ceiling cornices for some time now, and I finally figured out what to do about it. This part of the house falls into the “I’ll clean that later” category—purely aspirational. Not that I’ve figured out how to deal with it, I’m passing the wisdom to you, dear reader.

So, here’s the situation. Over time, cobwebs will appear on your ceiling cornices. I don’t care what type of lifestyle you lead, where you live, or how often you clean—they’re going to show up, and you’re not going to know what to do with them. But before you get to cleaning, inspect the ceilings to see if there are any live spiders. I know, I know, but they might be up there, and it’s better to get this part out of the way now instead of waiting for a creepy-crawly to fall on your head while you’re up there. If you find one, either trap and release or kill it. Let’s be real—just kill the damn thing.

Once you’ve removed all potential spiders and bugs, you’ll be faced with a decision: what should you choose as your weapon? Lots of people recommend getting a special cobweb broom, or perhaps the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Most of us, however, don’t want to waste precious resources by purchasing a specialty item, and we don’t want to ruin our existing brooms by making them impossible to clean.

Here’s what I did—I stretched an old stocking over the end of my broom. That’s literally it. I put a few drops of lemon essential oil on the stocking to leave a fresh scent behind. Then, I used the broom head to clean away the cobwebs, wiping over the cornices to leave behind the lemon oil. I’m telling myself that this will deter them from coming back, but let’s be real.

This method also makes for a super easy clean-up. Instead of spending a half hour picking cobwebs out of your broom head, you can simply remove the stocking and toss it in the wash (or in the trash). Piece of cake, really.


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