Stain Resistance

Ceilume's thermoformed ceiling tiles and panels are highly stain resistant and easy to clean. This contributes to their long service life, minimizes maintenance costs, and reduces the environmental burden of replacing ceilings just because they are dirty. Our ceiling panels and tiles can be used with confidence in dirty environments and spaces with rigorous hygiene requirements.

Stain Resistant Ceiling Tile
Leaks on the upper level of our factory stained the luminous ceiling below with rust and grime of the shop floor, leachate from the wood floor deck, and dust that had settled on top of the panel. It took several months for us to get around to cleaning the ceiling, so the stain had plenty of time to work its way into the panel. Yet most gunk came off with damp cloth and the rest with help from a multi-purpose cleaner. Check out this before and after!

Test Data

Field tests have been conducted by our customers on millions of square feet of Ceilume tiles and panels over the course of several decades. This data overwhelmingly indicates that, under actual conditions of use, Ceilume thermoformed rigid vinyl products are difficult to stain and easy to clean.

Our tiles and panels have also been through both laboratory and our own field testing. Lab tests are conducted in accordance with ASTM standards and provide reference points for comparing products, but they do not represent actual conditions of use; contaminants are placed on top of lab specimens and sit overnight instead of draining as they would from actual ceilings and walls.

Contaminant Ceilume
White
Ceilume
Colors
Ceilume
Faux Metal
Ceilume
Faux Wood
Mineral
Fiber White
Food Products
Baking Soda Solution Clean Faint Stain Clean Clean Significant Stain
Coffee Clean Faint Stain Clean Clean Significant Stain
Mustard, Yellow Clean Clean Clean Clean Significant Stain
Ketchup Clean Clean Clean Clean Significant Stain
Vegetable Oil Clean Clean Clean Clean Significant Stain
Vinegar Clean Clean Clean Clean Significant Stain
Wine, Red Clean Clean Clean Clean Significant Stain
Chemicals and Healthcare
Bleach Clean Faint Stain Significant Stain Significant Stain Faint Stain
Hydrogen Peroxide Clean Clean Significant Stain Faint Stain Clean
Providone Iodine Clean Clean Clean Clean Significant Stain
Swimming Pool Environments
Calcium Hypochlorite Clean Clean Significant Stain Clean Significant Stain
Trichloro-S-Triazinetrione Clean Clean Clean Clean Faint Stain
Other
Machine Oil, Light Clean Clean Clean Clean Significant Stain
Permanent Marker Significant Stain Significant Stain Significant Stain Significant Stain Significant Stain

Specimen Examples

Ceilume White - Post Coffee Exposure
Post Coffee Exposure
Ceilume Colors - Post Coffee Exposure
Post Coffee Exposure
Ceilume Faux Metal - Post Calcium Hypochlorite Exposure
Post Calcium Hypochlorite Exposure

Ceilume White

Ceilume's white material resisted staining by all contaminants except permanent marker.

Ceilume Colors

Some of Ceilume's colored material had "faint" stains due to several contaminants. Discoloration can be seen in the lab's standard photographic set-up but is unlikely to be noticed by casual observers.

Ceilume Faux Metal

Ceilume's laminated finishes were stained by certain chemicals, findings that may be applicable when selecting ceiling and wall treatments for locations where these chemicals are present.

Ceilume Faux Wood - Post Bleach Exposure
Post Bleach Exposure
Mineral Fiber White - Post Red Wine Exposure
Post Red Wine Exposure

Ceilume Faux Wood

Ceilume's laminated finishes were stained by certain chemicals, findings that may be applicable when selecting ceiling and wall treatments for locations where these chemicals are present.

Mineral Fiber White

Mineral fiber ceiling panels were tested for comparison to Ceilume's vinyl tiles and panels. All but one contaminant stained mineral fiber and could not be removed by cleaning.


Cleaning Recommendations

Simply dust or vacuum, wipe with soft damp cloth, or use low-pressure spray washer. If required, use multi-purpose cleaner recommended by its manufacturer for use on plastic. Do not use cleaners containing abrasives, organic solvents, chlorine bleach, liquid grease remover, or other harsh chemicals. Test in an inconspicuous location before proceeding.

We recommend uplift prevention clips to secure lay-in ceiling panels that will be subject to frequent cleaning, scrubbing to remove tenacious grime, or spray washing. Approved clips can be used with drop-out ceiling panels.

Smoke-stained mineral fiber panels in this cigar lounge could not be cleaned and had to be replaced.

Compare that to a Ceilume customer who wrote, "after about 7 years of a smoke filled cigar store the [Ceilume] tiles were getting heavily smoke covered and smelling like stale smoke... I laid four tiles on the ground outside and just scrubbed them quickly with a soft brush and a bucket of water and car wash soap. While rinsing them off the water was a horrible yellow color. I set them in the sun to dry and that was it, good as new. Back to the original color. But the truly amazing thing was the smell... To pick up a dirty tile and smell it, then pick up a cleaned one was like night and day."
Stain Resistant Ceiling Tile
Dirty Mineral Fiber Ceiling Panels
Dirt frequently accumulates around air diffusers due to the Coandă Effect. The problem is aggravated when using mineral fiber ceilings, as shown here, because dirt becomes lodged within crevices and clings to fibers making it difficult to remove. Vinyl panels do not have this problem.
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