How can I repair a painted ceiling that has mold growing under it?


2-3 yrs ago painted bath ceiling w/ satin paint. Amber droplet looking things are sprouting up. Now wat, do was off, but return.

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  • Annie Annie on Feb 29, 2020

    Can you take a photo and post it here to your question? That would be a big help

  • Annie Annie on Feb 29, 2020

    Just guessing here but how is the ventilation in the bathroom? Do you have a fan? Do you have a window?

    Could be the steam from the shower isn't able to escape the room??

  • Maura White Maura White on Feb 29, 2020

    It sounds like it would be a type of mold growing on the ceiling. Do you have good ventilation in there?

  • Lack of ventilation in the room. Exhaust fan? Window? Leave the door opening when showering. Even a portable fan will work. Just use a vinegar water solution to wash the ceiling. It's not mold, just dust and dirt.

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 29, 2020

    You have a moisture problem. Do you run or have any fresh air? Do you smoke? Nicotine will do this. If you have gas forced-air heating, then it's from that - a residue is left on the walls. You should be able to just wash them off. To prevent them you need an exhaust vent, or one that does a better job - and make sure everyone turns it on when they bathe!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Feb 29, 2020

    I would say remove it, clean beams and install new ceiling

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Feb 29, 2020

    I would remove it and clean/fix the moisture problem before putting the ceiling back so that it doesn't happen again

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 29, 2020

    I would scrape first. Then kill the spores with white vinegar. Now you can prime and paint. Be sure to use a stain blocking primer and mold inhibitor paint. You sound like you need a fan added to pull the moisture out. We did a small ceiling fan in the bathroom.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Feb 29, 2020

    You have to treat the mold before you repaint it. You have moisture or a leak coming from somewhere that you need to find and repair first so the mold won't continue to grow and spread and mold is not healthy for you and your family. Once the moisture issue is dealt with you can clean it, use Kilz to get the stain out and then repaint.

  • Find the leak first and then go from there

  • There are several ways to get rid of mold, but most importantly, you need to address the root cause to keep it from returning. This article focuses on the bathroom, but is an overall great article that covers methods of how to remove mold, if bleach is safe to use, and how to prevent it from coming back. Hope this helps! Hugs, Holly

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  • Track down the leak into your ceiling, repair both, then repaint.