Dance Pole Ceiling Damage: Types & Fixes

Dance pole ceiling damage is one of the biggest concerns you’ll have, especially if you’ve installed your stripper pole at home. It’s worse if you’re renting and determined to recover your security deposit at the end of your tenancy.

I’ve been there before, and trust me, it’s not a pretty experience. 

Thankfully you have me (I’m kidding). I’ve compiled some common dance pole ceiling damages you may experience and how to fix them. I’ve also added a few other resources I could think of while creating this blog. Hopefully, you find it helpful.

Common Dance Pole Ceiling Damages

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Scratches and Scuffs

Ceiling scratches and scuffs are common during the friction-fit stripper pole installation process. It may also happen over time, especially if your dance pole isn’t properly fastened to the ceiling. 

Usually, this ceiling damage is superficial and you may only discover it after removing your friction-fit pole from the ceiling. You  

If the dance pole is not installed properly, it can rub against the ceiling and cause scratches and scuffs to the paint or ceiling material.

How to Fix Scratches and Scuffs On Your Ceiling

1.     Clean the area: Use a soft cloth and a gentle cleaner to wipe any dirt, dust, or debris from the area around the scratch or scuff.

2.     Sand the affected area: Lightly rub a fine-grit sandpaper on the affected area and about 1 inch around where your ceiling dome was. Make sure to sand in one direction, that is, from left to right or right to left, in the direction of the grain.

3. Apply spackling compound: Apply a small amount of spackling compound to the scratch or scuff using a putty knife. You can also use a small smooth plastic for the application. Smooth the compound out and feather the edges to blend it with the surrounding ceiling material.

4. Sand again: Let the spackling compound dry and use your fine-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the area again. This will smoothen out any rough spots or edges and give your ceiling a finer appearance.

5. Prime and paint: Apply a coat of primer to the repaired area, allow it to dry, and add a layer of paint over it. Be sure to match the existing ceiling paint to create the perfect outcome.

Ceiling Dents

Ceiling dents are often due to the weight or pressure leaned on your dance pole. It could also be a result of incorrect dance pole installation. Dents will usually leave your ceiling a lot more damaged than scratches and scuffs.

Not to worry, I have a perfect fix for the problem. 

How to Fix Ceiling Dents

1. Clean the area: As usual, start by cleaning the area using a soft, dry cloth and a gentle cleaner.

2. Moisten the dented area: Use a sponge or microfiber cloth to apply a small amount of water or a water and vinegar mixture to the dented area. The moisture will make the surrounding areas more pliable and easy to work on.

3. Measure the affected area: Measure a square around the affected area. Focus only on the affected area and try to keep the square as small as possible.

4. Use a sheet of wood: Cut a piece of wood to fit the measured square and place it against the dance pole ceiling damage. Confirm that the sheet covers the dent.

5. Use a hammer: Gently tap on the piece of wood using your hammer. This should push the dented surface outward towards the wood sheet.

6. Spackle, sand, and repaint: Apply a fine layer of spackling compound on the affected area and allow it to dry. Sand the area (using fine-grit sandpaper) to smoothen the surface and remove any rough spots or edges. You can then prime and paint the ceiling to match the surrounding material.

Ceiling Cracks 

Ceiling cracks happen when you install your dance pole too tightly. Cracks are manageable, depending on how wide they are. In most instances, they are often pretty small and may not require much attention other than repainting. However, if you have an obvious crack, you’ll need to fix it to avoid deductions from your security deposit.

How to Fix Ceiling Cracks

1. Clean the area: As usual, clean the cracked area on your ceiling to remove dust, dirt, and debris.

2. Fill the crack: Use a flexible joint compound to fill the crack. You can buy your flexible joint compound from the nearest hardware or convenience store. Apply the compound with a putty knife or a smooth surface plastic and smoothen it out.

3. Apply tape: Once dry, apply a strip of joint tape over the cracked area to reinforce the repair and prevent the crack from reappearing.

4. Apply another layer of joint compound: I recommend applying another layer of joint compound to strengthen the affected area. This is recommended if you wish to reinstall your stripper pole in the same spot.

5. Sand and repaint: Wait for the joint compound to dry, then sand using a fine-grit sandpaper. You can then prime and paint the area.

Structural Damage

You’ll rarely experience this type of damage, especially with a dance pole. However, it is possible, especially if you’ve installed your dance pole in a mobile home with old roofs or in a home with a bad ceiling. 

You can also suffer structural damage to the ceiling if your stripper pole was installed incorrectly or the pole is too heavy for the ceiling structure.

How to Fix Structural Damage

Unlike other types of damage, structural damage to your ceiling may require help from a professional. However, before shelling out your hard-earned cash, here are some steps I recommend.

1. Assess the damage: Check your ceiling for the extent of the damage. Smaller damages are usually easier to fix and may not require a professional’s services. However, you should also consider if it’s something you’ll like to fix yourself. If the damage is extensive, I recommend contacting a professional immediately.

2. Remove your stripper pole: Remove your stripper pole if you haven’t already done that. With structural damage to your ceiling, it is unsafe and unadvisable to try dancing on the pole. 

3. Repair the damage: The specific repair process will depend on the type and extent of the damage. Minor structural ceiling damages may involve repairing or replacing ceiling joists, reinforcing the ceiling structure, or even replacing a portion of the ceiling. Again, feel free to contact a professional at any stage of the repair process.

How to Avoid Dance Pole Ceiling Damage

Whether you’ve just repaired a dance pole ceiling damage or you’re looking to avoid it altogether, below are some tips I’ve found effective.

Check the Ceiling Strength

As a precaution, I advise that you check the ceiling strength before installing your dance pole. If your ceiling is a bit shaky or old, go for the portable freestanding dance pole instead. 

The portable freestanding dance pole does not require a ceiling installation. It leverages the dance pole stage for all the support and stability you’ll need as you practice your pole moves at home.

If you’ve already purchased a permanent dance pole, I recommend speaking to your landlord or contacting a licensed contractor to repair the problem.

Use a Portable Freestanding Dance Pole 

Can’t be bothered to repair a damaged ceiling? I advise you to buy a portable freestanding dance pole. Your portable freestanding dance pole can help avoid further ceiling damage and can significantly improve your dancing experience. 

Bonus tip: You can use it anywhere, whether your home has a high or low ceiling or you prefer to dance outside or indoors.

Use a Support Bracket or Ceiling Mount 

You can also buy a support bracket to distribute the weight of your stripper pole across the ceiling and reduce stress. 

Pro Tip: Ask a professional for recommendations when buying a support bracket. Ensure that you’ve used the right support bracket for the type of ceiling in your home.

Install A Ceiling Plate

Most stripper poles come with a ceiling dome or ceiling plate to help hold the pole in place after installation. The ceiling plate also provides additional support for attachment and weight distribution. 

I recommend buying original stripper poles with quality materials to avoid ceiling damage. 

Read: How to spot fake stripper poles.

So, there you have it. Hopefully you found this blog helpful in repairing your dance pole ceiling damage. Please remember that you don’t have to DIY any of the repairs. You can contact a professional for help at any point to save time and prevent injuries. 

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