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Here is information including a video about removing mold from painted walls. According to the CDC mold spores can come into your house from the outside through open doorways, open windows or heating and cooling systems with outdoor intakes. Spores can also attach themselves to your clothing or your pets and be brought inside your house. Once inside, mold thrives and grows in moisture rich places, making the bathroom a common place to find mold.
Why is it important to remove mold? Not only does It look gross but inhaling mold spores can cause respiratory problems, especially for people with asthma.
Properly ventilating your bathroom when you are taking a bath or shower can help prevent mold.
Keep humidity levels your house to between 40% and 60% by using an air conditioner or dehumidifier during humid months.
For the removal of the mold we have chosen to use two products that you can buy at your local home improvement store. Mold Armor Mold Blocker and Mold Armor Mildew and Mold Remover.
You need to be careful with these products. A mask, eye protection, rubber gloves and a ladder are recommended. Avoid leaving Mold Armor Mildew and Mold Remover on vinyl windows or plastic shower enclosures for more than 15 minutes.
The video shows the mold on the ceiling portions has completely disappeared. On the top of the window, where the mold was the thickest, a second application was needed. After that, all the mold has disappeared.
While these products were successful, the drawback is the expense, these two bottles cost about $15.00 combined and we only need amall mount of each to remove the mold.
It will require a little more elbow grease than using the store bought removers, but it will work.
By Lewis from Port Orchard, WA
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I need to clean mold of my bathroom walls. I need to know the parts of bleach and water to mix so I can spray it on the walls. I need to clean off the mold before I paint.
Rankinfarm from Yuma, AZ
I use Clorox Cleanup in the bottle. I also use it in my bathroom cleaning. It does a great job. The mold just disappears before your eyes! No need to worry about mixing!
Uaually the mixture is 1 part bleach to 2 or 3 parts water.Wear saftey glasses to protect the eyes.
Clorox Cleanup is a great product. But it also depends on how moldy the walls are. If it doesn't do the job, there is a product call Kilns. It's a paint that you can buy at any major home improvement store including Walmart.
You can use this product to reomve mould and any odour associated with it. www.furnitureclinic.co.uk/
More importantly though, it kills all bacteria and so prevents the mould re occuring
I am looking for appropriate information on removing mold above my shower on the painted ceiling. The wrong paint was used at the time.
By JohnW from Scotland
Make a mixture of bleach and water and apply to the ceiling. In short order the mold will disappear.
After Foxrun41's remedy, always use a mold preventive prior to painting in an area subject to moisture, ie: Kilz..
Fill your bathtub with steaming hot water and add to the hot water a handful or two of loose olives leaves. Buy loose olive leaves by the pound. (herbalcom.com is one source and very reasonably price.) Keep the bathroom door shut for about an hour to keep steam inside. Wait and watch the mold breakdown. Then wipe down with a saturated sponge of the olive leaf water solution, and your problem will disappear! Repeat if the problem recurs, which won't happen often, if at all.
Joyce in CT
How do you get mold off painted walls?
I've used a mixture of one part laundry chlorine bleach to four parts water. I dab it on with a sponge, leave it for a few minutes, then rinse it off with a rag and let it dry thoroughly. If necessary I use a hair drier. Obviously I put newspapers on the floor in case the bleach drips.
I go for the bleach and water method. By the way, my name is Suki too! It's a nick name. Happy cleaning.
My textured (swirled) ceiling is overrun with black mold. The bathroom has got 2 bathroom fans already (on top of bath and shower), but there is still a problem. When I used mold spray, then wiped it, the plaster also came off thus no more swirled ceiling. No matter how much I sprayed and left it on, the black spores still grow and won't come off without ruining the texture. Opening the window during a shower doesn't help. Any advice on textured ceiling mold budget removal? Urgently needed. Thanks.
You probably wont like this answer, but most likely you will need to replace the ceiling. It also sounds like you have either faulty fans or another source of moisture such as a leaky pipe.
Does mould sink into painted ceilings so that it does not come off?
Yes, and you have to remove it and kill anything left over. It will continue to grow if you do not. J
Our home was built back in the mid 50s and we seem to get mold only on the exterior corners at the ceiling and top of the walls as well as in the corners if furniture is up against it. We use Concrobium mold control to clean the surfaces as well as to treat it. This issue has also caused the paint to come off of the walls. We are not sure if an oil-based paint was ever used, and we did paint them with a latex paint. Any suggestions on how to eliminate the issues?
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How do I get mold off painted walls?
By Nicole from Portland, OR
I little Dawn, water, and a rag will do the trick. Don't use bleach water in a bottle if you have carpeting or nice flooring underneath, ad you will damage the floor surface with the bleach.
If the mold is behind a piece of furniture that is in front of an exterior wall, pull it out from the wall about 4 inches. This gives air enough room to circulate and prevent the mold from growing. (01/27/2010)
How do I remove mold from the bathroom ceiling?
SHELLY PARKER from Detroit, MI
There's more than likely been a roof leaking and water/moisture penetrated to cause a breeding ground for mold to set in. Chlorine bleach and water usually removes light mold, but if it returns in a matter of days the mold problem is serious. (09/14/2009)
I think I saw an article the other day on peroxide removing mold. Google peroxide and mold removal to make sure. Good luck! (09/14/2009)
By Robyn Fed
How can mold be cleaned off a textured ceiling?
In the past, I've dealt with this same thing. I took one part bleach mixed with 3 parts water and put cheap plastic painters-plastic over my carpeting and furniture. I then put on old clothes then put on goggles and dipped a sponge into the bleach-water then wring it out about half way leaving sponge fairly wet bit not sopping.
Press wet sponge to ceiling and leave for 10 seconds then repeat everywhere the mold is. Do this again in 2 weeks to get any mold spores that you didn't get the first time. Lastly, seal with a quality stain-killing tinted primer. If you tint the primer you might not have to also paint. If it were a wall you could use a sprayer, but not on the ceiling. A fairly large sponge works best. (10/12/2009)
I use a spray of straight bleach. And it needs to be on the ceiling for a few minutes. I have mildew, which is a nuisance, but not harmful. For heavier infestations, I use a kitchen scrubbing brush or a large nail brush. It does take off some of the texture, but that can't be helped. (10/15/2009)
By Louise B.
How can I remove what looks like mold in the paint above a shower? The ceiling is white, but looks be-speckled with black.
I need some tips on cleaning mold off the ceiling of my daughter's bathroom.
How do you get rid of mold on painted walls? I scrub it off but a black stain is left. Elaine from England