How to Get Rid of Mold On a Ceiling

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Mold on a ceiling is a common problem, especially in areas with high moisture such as the bathroom. The most important part of removing mold from a ceiling is to first find out why it is there. If you have a leaky pipe that is causing the mold, the stain will keep returning no matter how you remove it.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Stain-covering paint such as Kilz
  • Try wiping the mold off of your ceiling with a rag moistened in plain water. If your ceiling is painted with a glossy finished paint, the mold may wipe right off.

  • If the mold does not want to come off with plain water, you will next want to try bleach. Wearing rubber gloves, carefully pour a bit of chlorine bleach on a rag and rub at the mold stain. If you see mold coming off onto your rag, continue rubbing at the stain with the bleach until the stain is removed.

  • If bleach is not removing the mold from your ceiling, it is probably not going to come off. If your surface is painted, you can try sanding the stain away with a bit of sandpaper and painting over the area. If the mold stain is deep, as with a stain that is caused by a leaky pipe, you won't be able to sand it away.

  • If all previous methods fail, paint over the mold stain with a stain covering paint such as Kilz. Kilz will keep the mold stain from bleeding through a new coat of paint. If you just paint over the stain with regular paint, the mold stain may show through eventually.

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