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myinhousebigdog

12:26AM | 03/21/03
Member Since: 01/18/03
14 lifetime posts
Hello,
I have a bathroom that has a deep well skylight. I also have a new powerful exhaust fan in this bathroom. Yet, I still keep getting mildew, not on the walls but on the ceiling.
About 18 months ago, I painted it with a basic bathroom enamel.
Around the ceiling corners and up in the skylight I have a build up of this Brown colored mildew.
Can you please tell me what the best way there is in removeing this mildew without removing the paint? Any mild liquid (homemade) solutions? Thanks!!!

MrPaint

01:03AM | 03/21/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
196 lifetime posts
Bleach and water is the absolute best way to remove (kill) mildew.

3 parts water - 1 part bleach.

Wash the wall with this - rinse and you should be all done.

As long as you bought a good quality Semi-Gloss paint - the bleach won't hurt it.

That paint wasn't oil based was it? If so - you need to prime and re-paint with a latex topcoat - alkyd binders are food for mildew!

Also - make sure you leave your fan on AFTER your showers for about 15 minutes.

Mr. Paint

5slb6

12:38AM | 03/22/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
The bleach and water solution needs to stay on the surface for 15 minutes to kill the mildew. It will bleach the color out of the mildew very quickly , sometimes in a matter of seconds but it has not killled it.
You also need to make sure the fan is working and that the vent pipe/tube is not running to far (only a couple of feet) or is kinked up and not allowing the moisture to get outside.
Oh be sure to wear rubber gloves when using the bleach solution.


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