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Tips for Drop Ceiling Replacement and Maintenance of Panels

Keep your ceiling looking great with these helpful tips.

Suspended ceilings (or drop ceilings) are easy to maintain. With just a little attention once in a while, your Armstrong ceiling will perform beautifully and keep its great looks. If panels become stained or damaged, however, drop ceiling replacement is simple.

Drop Ceiling Replacement

Drop ceiling replacement of individual panels is easy and takes just a few minutes. Usually, it doesn’t require any tools, although you may want to have a ladder handy. Before you start drop ceiling replacement, be sure to have clean hands and work only on clean surfaces.

For all 2’ x 2’ and 2’ x 4’ drop ceiling replacement panels, remove the damaged panel by pushing up with both hands and raising the panel above the suspension grid. Tilt it at an angle that allows you to move the panel easily past the grid. Install the drop ceiling replacement panel back onto the grid in the reverse order in which you removed it. Gently shift the panel to seat it correctly, if necessary.

If you need to trim a drop ceiling replacement panel to a non-standard size, cut panels face-side up with a sharp utility knife.

Replacing a Metallaire™ Panel

If you're working with a Metallaire tin ceiling replacement panel, wear heavy gloves for protection against the sharp edges. To trim a Metallaire replacement panel, use electric metal shears or tin snips.

Drop Ceiling Maintenance

Mineral fiber ceilings – Cobwebs, dust and loose dirt can easily be removed by gently brushing with a soft bristle brush or by vacuuming. Vacuum cleaner attachments for cleaning upholstery or walls are best for the job. Clean in one direction only to prevent rubbing dust into the ceiling surface.

Fiberglass ceilings – Dust as described for mineral fiber ceilings. Vinyl-faced fiberglass ceilings are less affected by moisture and will withstand repeated washings with mild detergents or germicidal cleaners.

Rigid PVC ceilings – Dust with a brush or vacuum with a brush attachment. For both panels and grid covers, simply wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Decorative metal ceilings – Dust with a soft bristle brush or vacuum with a brush attachment. Damp clean with a soft cloth or sponge dipped in a mild soap-and-water solution. Avoid any abrasive cleaners that can scratch the finish.

For more information on cleaning, see ceiling maintenance FAQs.

Armstrong makes it easy for you to enjoy the appearance of your ceiling.

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