Removing Mildew, Roll Bleach on the Ceiling
I have a minor mildew problem in one of my bathrooms. It’s a bathroom with a shower that’s frequently used. The problem is it has no ventilation and no window. There tends to be a fair amount of condensation on the ceiling and walls. As a result, small black specs emerge out of nowhere on the ceiling every now and then, and they have to be dealt with.
My experience shows that one of the easiest ways to deal with this is to use a paint roller with an extension handle, and use a mild bleach solution. I roll it back and forth on the ceiling to kill the mildew and make it disappear. It’s easy to do, it obviates scrubbing and damaging the textured finish, and I think it helps reduce recurrence of those damned tiny black spots.
Just a word of caution, this will only work on a white ceiling, as I assume most people have, and be careful how much bleach you’re using. I moisten the roller with water and then apply a little bleach on the roller through a squirt bottle. The concentration I use is about 25% of what comes out of a bleach bottle. Also, roll slowly so you don’t splatter. As necessary, remove or cover things like rugs, towels and other items that won’t take well to having a little bleach land on them.
When I rolled the ceiling, I could see it was wet, but not dripping wet. I just started with one section and worked it until the spots were gone, then moved to another section. When the bathroom gets remodeled, I’ll put in a window and a fan, but for now bleach and a clean foam rubber paint roller are my friends when it comes to making mildew disappear.
Clair Schwan is a regular writer here at Self Reliance Works, and he’s a regular roller of the bathroom ceiling. He’s uses bleach in a careful manner to deal with stains on walls and clothes, sanitizing various items around the house, and getting rid of mildew on the bathroom ceiling.