How to Remove Mold From Bathroom Walls & Ceilings

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Remove mold from bathrooms with chlorine bleach.
Remove mold from bathrooms with chlorine bleach. (Image: bathroom image by Mikhail Olykainen from Fotolia.com)

Mold thrives in moist environments, making the bathroom walls and ceiling a particularly favorable environment for mold to grow in. Mold is unhealthful and left unchecked can spread throughout the home, threatening your family's well-being. Remove mold from bathroom walls and ceilings as soon as you discover it to keep it from seeping behind walls and creating not only an even worse health hazard, but a far more difficult and costly removal problem.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup trisodium phosphate
  • Bucket
  • Sponges
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Rags
  • Towels
  • Breathing mask

Mix 1/4 cup of trisodium phosphate with a bucket of warm water. Place a large sponge into the mixture and squeeze out the excess water. Wash the bathroom walls and ceiling with the cleaning solution.

Pour undiluted chlorine bleach on a rag and wipe over the ceiling and walls. Allow the bleach to work on the mold for one to two hours.

Rinse the bleach from the walls and ceiling with a wet sponge. Be sure to remove all bleach from the bathroom surfaces.

Dry the bathroom walls and ceiling with towels, removing all moisture.

Tips & Warnings

  • Open windows and turn on a ventilation fan when working in the bathroom.
  • Use disposable rubber gloves when working with mold and throw away after using.
  • Use a step stool to reach the top of the walls and the ceiling, and avoid standing on the bathroom vanity.
  • Discard any sponges or rags used to remove the mold from the bathroom.
  • Wear a breathing mask when working with indiluted chlorine bleach to protect yourself from harmful vapors.

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