How to Remove Spider Webs From a Popcorn Ceiling

Popcorn ceilings present many cleaning challenges to homeowners and renters.

The textured surface has nooks and crannies that can accumulate dust and dirt, and some popcorn ceilings are made of fragile materials that can dislodge with cleaning. Although spider webs are sticky and won't simply wipe away, spider web removal is actually one of the least difficult popcorn ceiling cleaning challenges. You simply need to make certain that the webbing doesn't touch any areas of the ceiling during cleaning other than those areas where it's already attached.

Plug in your shop vac or household vacuum.

Place a brush attachment on the end of the extension wand or the vacuum hose nozzle.

Hold the brush up to 1 1/2 to 2 inches from your popcorn ceiling.

Turn on the vacuum and suction the spider webs away moving from one side of the ceiling to the other. If your ceiling is made of materials that won't dislodge easily with suction, bring the brush closer to the ceiling to suction or gently brush the surface.

Things You Will Need

  • Shop vac
  • Household vacuum (optional)


  • If you can't reach your ceiling, place the vacuum on a chair or other raised area and set up a stepstool style ladder. Climb up the short ladder and vacuum the ceiling.


  • Never attempt to wipe or wash away the spider webs as doing so will simply mash the webbing against the ceiling making it difficult to remove and potentially leave dark marks on the surface.
  • Always confirm with an inspector that your popcorn ceiling does not contain asbestos before cleaning it. From the late 1950s to the early 1980s home contractors used asbestos in some popcorn ceilings and many older homes still have asbestos-containing popcorn ceilings.

About the Author

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.