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Mold on bathroom ceiling.

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Dontbesilly Tue 24-Nov-15 12:38:28

We have had this problem before. I always leave the bathroom windows wide open after showers. I squeegee the walls and shower area and dry off with a cloth and heat the room etc. We also have a dehumidifier. The bathroom windows are constantly open a crack and locked in position too when not in use.

The trouble is that the shower ceiling is at a different height to the bathroom ceiling and due to a beam, I don't think enough air flow is getting to the area from the window. Hence the return of the mold.

I have mold sprays, bleach and anti mold paint to use before I redecorate again. How can I spray the ceiling and rinse it as the product information instructs? I thought of painting the stuff on, but it's thin and drips, then I thought of sponging it on etc but I have to rinse it off. I could sponge it on, leaving it to dry out and then sponge the area after with clean water and dry it off etc. Is that not making it worse by applying water to the ceiling?

Anyone got any ideas on tackling the ceiling. How can I apply and rinse off the stuff from a ceiling? The rest of the bathroom is fine.

wowfudge Tue 24-Nov-15 17:37:45

As a longer term solution, could you fit an extractor?

Protect the floor, etc with dust sheets, spray then wipe off? Or get up a step ladder, spray the stuff onto a cloth and wipe? Make sure there's plenty of ventilation.

Lunaballoon Tue 24-Nov-15 17:44:56

We have similar mould issues and occasionally I mop the ceiling and walls with quite a strong bleach solution on a damp Vileda-style flat mop (the ones with a removable cleaning pad).

AmberFool Tue 24-Nov-15 19:03:21

I use those antibacterial floor wipes on a swiffer sweeper and sweep the ceiling. Works quite well.

Dontbesilly Tue 24-Nov-15 19:50:11

Your right wowfudge, we desperately need an extractor fan. That is a job for dh to crack on with.

The mop suggestions sound like a plan. I will open the windows wide to ventilate and pour the bleach on the mop head and sponge it on that way. Then I will use a cloth soaked in the bleach and dab it on the edges etc. Then use water and the mop to wipe it away. Think we also have a pack of polythene dust sheets in the garage that were left over from a previous decoracting job.

Brilliant suggestions new mn would have the solution. Thanks.

Dontbesilly Tue 24-Nov-15 19:52:01

Once it's done Amber I will maintain it with the antibacterial floor wipes but on the mop head as I don't have a swiffer sweeper.

VulcanWoman Tue 24-Nov-15 19:57:47

What heating do you have in there?

Mouthfulofquiz Tue 24-Nov-15 20:02:31

We had a mould problem due to condensation in our old house. We had a positive pressure system fitted and it sorted it right out. Before then, we were the same as you - dehumidifiers on loads etc. worth looking into. It's a small box fitted in the attic which cost about £300 I believe, but only about £15 a year to run in the long term. Worth it when you consider the cost of all the redecorating...

Dontbesilly Tue 24-Nov-15 20:17:54

Vulcan, it's just a small double radiator. I don't cover it up with damp towels, so not adding to the problem hopefully.

Mouthful, I have never heard of the positive pressure system. Just off to Google it now smile

VulcanWoman Tue 24-Nov-15 20:31:59

I'm just wondering if you had the heater on high it might help a bit, well, if you're able to change the heat coming out at all.

CheeseEloise1 Tue 24-Nov-15 22:53:14

We had condensation resulting in mould problems around the house. We ending up spending on something we saw advertised by a company called Envirovent. It basically circulates air around your house, preventing condensation and mould. Money well spent and haven't had problems since. Cynical about price at first but really pleased with it

Dontbesilly Wed 25-Nov-15 14:20:27

Vulcan, the bathroom radiator is the lead one and it's turned up high. There are no controls on this radiator to alter the temperature, so it is very hot.

Will also look at Envirovent and see what they do.

Touch wood, the rest of the house is mold free, it's just the shower ceiling and the rest of the bathroom is fine. It's all tiled in the bathroom and serves five of us, so lots of condensation. The window is constantly open and we squeegee and dry everywhere but it's not enough.

Thanks for your replies.

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