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How to Get Rid of Mildew

Written by; Joy Smithers / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Wed Aug 26 2009


Mildew looks terrible and can aggravate allergies. The word "mildew" is a generic term that covers a flat mold that thrives in households where moisture is chronic. It can affect clothing, paper, and leather, but this article will specifically be about removing mildew from ceilings and walls.

You're most likely to find mildew where it is damp, like basements, shower curtains, and bathroom walls and ceilings. If you plan to repaint a wall or ceiling that has mildew, you need to eliminate the mildew first, or the new coats of paint may not adhere well to the surface.

Things you will need:

A bucket
A sponge
Rubber gloves
150 grit sandpaper
Sanding block
Eye protection
Drop cloth
TSP solution
Bleach solution
You may or may not need spackling compound and a putty knife.

The first thing to do is to use a rag dipped in a warm water and detergent solution (dishwashing liquid is fine) and try to wash the black stains. If it washes away with soap and water, then it isn't mildew. For the stains that don't wash out, sand them gently with your sanding block and 150 grit sandpaper. If sanding peels away any paint, then you'll need to come back later and spackle over the shallow depressions the peeling paint leaves.

Next, put on rubber gloves and eye protection. Wash the walls with a bleach detergent. Recommended strength of bleach for this job will be on the directions on the bleach bottle. After you've gone over the area with bleach solution, wash away mildew with some TSP solution (again following package directions). Clean the area with plain water. Allow the wall to dry totally.

If there are any shallow depressions in the wall or ceiling from where you sanded, fill them in with spackling compound on a putty knife. Allow to dry for the time recommended by the instructions on the spackling compound. When it's dry, gently sand it smooth.

Ah yes, all clean!


Copyright: 2009

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