Preparing to Vacuum Ceilings and Walls:
Before you begin vacuuming the ceiling and walls you may want to remove photographs and decorative items. Chances are that these items are dusty, too. I like to remove them to the floor carefully and finish dusting the ceiling and walls.
If you have furniture you'd like to protect from falling dust as you vacuum the ceiling and walls, you can drape items with large sheets or blankets.
When you are finished simply roll up the sheets and blankets to be washed or shaken outside. If you are susceptible to allergies or asthma, you may also want to put on a mask before dusting the ceiling and walls.
Dusting With a Vacuum Cleaner:
Use your vacuum cleaner attachments to add an extender hose and a dust brush tool. The dust brush tool helps remove stuck on dust and the vacuum cleaner helps suck it away. Begin by vacuuming the ceiling and work your way down each of the walls.
Use the dust brush tool and/or the crevice tool to clean dust that accumulates around the air vents in your home. If your vents are severely dirty, you may need to remove and wash them, but the vacuum cleaner does a good job of routine maintenance.
How Often to Vacuum Ceilings and Walls:
Ceilings and walls only need to be vacuumed 3-4 times a year. If you have wallpaper that is puffy and flocked, it may need to be vacuumed monthly. Air vents need to be vacuumed weekly when heating and air units are in use. The ceiling or wall areas around vents may need a weekly touch-up, too.
Tools to Use:
The best tool for dusting ceilings and walls is a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. If this isn't available, you can use a dust or dry mop. You could also use a duster with an extendable handle for some lower ceilings and walls. Be aware that these methods will likely mean a lot more dust falling down onto you and the surfaces in the room. Cover items you are worried about and cover your face as well.
Vacuum Ceiling Fans:
Another area that can be vacuumed is a ceiling fan. Work gently to vacuum the blades of the ceiling fan and any other dusty parts using the attachment on the vacuum cleaner.
If this becomes too difficult, you can instead use a dry dust mop or a duster with an extendable handle and then continue to clean the ceiling and walls with the vacuum cleaner. Be sure to get any cobwebs and dust between the ceiling and the ceiling fan.