How to clean ceiling cornices

Over time you may find that cobwebs appear on your ceiling cornices, which then collect dirt and dust. This area can be a little tricky to clean as it’s high up and often gets neglected as one of those “one day'” tasks, until the day you look up and the cobwebs are starting to dangle and you know you have to get rid of them!

Clean away any dust or bugs hanging from your cornices or ceilings

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Firstly, inspect your ceilings, see if there are any live spiders.  If so, either trap it and release outside, or kill it (your choice), however, try to determine what type of spiders they are and if they are the nasty kind like a red back, you may need to call in the pest control professionals.

There are a few different ways you can clean your ceiling cornices:

  • With a cobweb broom
  • A stocking over the end of a normal broom which will make it easier to clean the broom
  • Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner
  • If you don’t have a brush attachment secure a sock or rag to the end of your vacuum nozzle with a rubber band

Cleaning ceiling cornices is a great task for the kids to do to help you out or earn some extra pocket money.

Despite regular pest control, our house gets quite a few little bugs. I have found this method below has been effective to get rid of cobwebs and keep the creepy crawlies away.  I use Lemon Essential Oil which is a sharp, clean refreshing aroma which deters creepy crawlies from coming back.

  1. Wrap a rag/cloth/pillowcase around the head of a cobweb brush or broom.
  2. Add a couple of drops of lemon essential oil onto the rag/cloth/pillowcase.
  3. Use the broom head to clean away the cobwebs, wiping over the cornices to leave behind the lemon oil to deter them from returning.

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Pia August 23, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Love your tips 🙂 thanks ?

Organise Away August 24, 2018 - 7:59 PM

These are great! Luckily in the UK we don’t have the same scary spiders as you guys in Australia, so ours are more annoying than anything else. Do you use a cordless vacuum for cleaning up the cobwebs once their occupiers have gone, I find that really helpful?

Jason November 11, 2018 - 8:46 PM

I could never seem to get rid of all the cobwebs effectively when I’ve tried in the past, I even just resorted to getting rid of the spider and leaving the webs. I’ll definitely be giving this method a go. Love to see more handy tricks like this in the future!


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