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January 18, 2012

Spraying Mold on Window frameHere 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.

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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.

Prevention Tips:

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.

Removing Mold

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.

  1. Open your windows and turn on your bathroom fan so that you have good ventilation. Spray the Mold Armor Mildew and Mold Remover directly on the mold and let it sit for 30 minutes.
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  2. After 30 minutes, using a wet sponge, wipe off the area. Most of the mold should be gone. If any remains, reapply the spray again and wipe it off with a sponge after 30 minutes.

  3. The last step was spraying the mold effected areas with Mold Armor Mold Blocker.

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.

Homemade Mold Remover:

  1. You can also make your own mold remover using bleach and water.

  2. Mix 1 cup of bleach with 1 gallon of water.

  3. Wearing rubber gloves, use a sponge or rag to use the bleach mixture to remove the mold from the wall.
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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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January 18, 2006

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

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By Robin (Guest Post)
January 18, 20060 found this helpful

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!

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By Dean (Guest Post)
January 19, 20060 found this helpful

Uaually the mixture is 1 part bleach to 2 or 3 parts water.Wear saftey glasses to protect the eyes.

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January 20, 20060 found this helpful

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.

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The Kilns will cover anything left that that Clorox doesn't clean. Then just paint your color choice right over the Kilns. Good Luck.

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April 5, 20060 found this helpful

You can use this product to reomve mould and any odour associated with it. www.furnitureclinic.co.uk/Mould_Neutraliser.htm

More importantly though, it kills all bacteria and so prevents the mould re occuring

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February 8, 2010

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

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February 8, 20100 found this helpful

Make a mixture of bleach and water and apply to the ceiling. In short order the mold will disappear.

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Rinse with water. Use eye protection. You didn't say what the wrong paint was, that was applied.

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February 10, 20100 found this helpful

After Foxrun41's remedy, always use a mold preventive prior to painting in an area subject to moisture, ie: Kilz..

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February 11, 20101 found this helpful

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.

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July 16, 2010

How do you get mold off painted walls?

By suki

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January 19, 20111 found this helpful

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.

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January 17, 20181 found this helpful

I go for the bleach and water method. By the way, my name is Suki too! It's a nick name. Happy cleaning.

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May 31, 2016

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.

Cleaning Off Mold on Textured Ceiling
 

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July 7, 20171 found this helpful

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.

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January 17, 2015

Does mould sink into painted ceilings so that it does not come off?

By June

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February 7, 20150 found this helpful

Yes, and you have to remove it and kill anything left over. It will continue to grow if you do not. J

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November 26, 2013

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?

By Al

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How can I remove what looks like mold in the paint above a shower? The ceiling is white, but looks be-speckled with black.

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