Removing Mildew

 

 
Mildew stains often make an appearance in damp locations, such as bathrooms and basements. Before painting, you'll need to eliminate this black, speckled growth to make sure new coats of paint adhere well.
 

Test the stains by washing with some warm water and mild detergent. Ordinary stains will wash out, but mildew won't. If the stains don't wash out, gently sand them out with 150-grit sandpaper.

 

 

 

 

Put on some rubber gloves and eye protection before you wash walls with bleach, which will kill the mildew spores. After the bleach treatment, wash mildew away with some TSP solution or a phosphate-free substitute, then rinse the area with clear water. Allow the wall to completely dry.

 

 

 
 

RELATED PROJECTS


Patching Peeling Paint
 

Preparing Woodwork for Painting

 

Masking Wood Trim
 

Removing Stains
 

Using a Heat Gun

 

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