Tip: How to remove a water stain from drywall

Do you have a stubborn water stain on some drywall? Before you whip out the paint, try this tip: mix a solution of 10% bleach to water, dab the stain lightly with a rag or brush, and watch it disappear before your eyes! So handy, simple, and inexpensive!

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  • William William on Jan 15, 2017
    Good tip! I've done this on my textured ceiling.
  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 16, 2017
    Oooh I have to try this, we rent our apartment and my husband is always worried that our landlord is going to be upset from the slightest stains on the wall. This tip will definitely give him peace of mind. Thank you!!
  • Amu16952011 Amu16952011 on Jan 16, 2017
    I need something to clean my cloth ceiling in my car. It leaked in the rain and is now stained. Any suggestion???
  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Jan 16, 2017
    Yes bleach will take care of water stains!
    • Jeff Kranz Jeff Kranz on Feb 03, 2020

      Does it work better with a brush or rag? I have a stain that is quite large about 2ft square it is (almost tan) on a white ceiling...Should I increase the ratio of bleach because of the darkness of the stain..?

  • Amu16952011 Amu16952011 on Jan 16, 2017
    Ok thank you!!!!
  • Amu16952011 Amu16952011 on Jan 16, 2017
    No worries thank you!
  • Ric16285265 Ric16285265 on Jan 17, 2017
    Mix 1/3 Clorox with 2/3 water in spray bottle and spray area and let it dry. Spray again and let dry . Repeat until the bleach bleaches out stain. Make sure you put drop cloth down before spraying ceiling.
  • Caparbor Caparbor on Jan 19, 2017
    I just did this and it worked! I had to go over it a couple times and I increased the bleach ratio a bit due to my bad stain. Thanks for saving me the cost of a painter!!
  • Abigail Abigail on Oct 19, 2019

    I have a question; I put stick on decor stickers on my wall....and they left spots on the wall. Any suggestions to get them out

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 06, 2021

    Thank you for this tip!! I will definitely use this!

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