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How do I keep mold from recurring on the wall and ceiling in my bathroom?

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  1. jonasdatum

    jonasdatum Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    For years now I've had to have the apartment bathroom repainted because there is always a buildup of mold on the ceiling and the walls where there is paint instead of tile. My question is what type of materials [and procedure] do I use to keep it from reoccurring?

    The last time they painted the bathroom, the scraped it and everything (poor cleanup job though), but it just came back.

    Thank You.
     
  2. Piringa

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    Dude be carefull Iheard its like a mold fungus thing that could harm you. It happens suposedly according to my super with moisture. From taking hot long baths. They painted over mines too. My mom used all kinds of cleaning liquids on it. She invedted her own cocktail of cleaning liquid and sprayed it and brushed it with a broom. It faded away a bit but its still there. Its been painted over a few times. Just use something strong and when you take showers make sure you leave the seeling vent on and your door closed to prevent that mold from becoming airborn and spreading to other places.
     
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    Ventilation is the first thing you have to have. Can you fit a vent or an extraction fan to expel the steam. If not you will need to have all your bathroom surfaces nonporous, eg ceramic tiles (with the grout lines sealed), plastic or plastic coated and any painted surfaces painted with enamel paint and then be prepared to wash and dry frequently as the moisture on its own becomes the medium for mould to grow.
     
  5. hewee

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    Read my post here.

    http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?postid=1246334#post1246334

    Also if you repaint a oil base paint really is the best. But you need to vent out all that steam from the bath.
    Most ceiling fan vent are cheap and the better one's move more air and are not not as loud. They have 3 " duct where the others have a 2 ' duct. Could be hard to replace the duct if it is where you can get to all of it to replace but if you can then replace the ceiling fan with one that moves more air.
     
  6. Stoner

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    In addition to the above advice, which is very important, Next time you paint, consider using a interior latex but dilute with clorox instead of water. It won't completely stop mold growth, but my experience has been that it retards it to a great degree. I have a bathroom with that exact problem. I use a box fan in the doorway to dry the walls and ceiling after a shower.
    I painted it about 7 years ago and the mold problem hasn't come back yet.
    Also check the porcelen that draws condensation. Bottoms of sinks and toilet tanks also grow a black mold. clean with 50% clorox to water.
    I used about a 20 to 30 % clorox mix in the latex paint.
    I also use an ozone generator. This is something to use with caution. Research the issues before you try one. They do help, though.

    Remember, clorox is your friend :)
     
  7. hewee

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    bath fans

    http://www.homedepot.com

    You have to do a search because I could not get the search link to work here. Searc for bath fan.
     
  8. eggplant43

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    I am a professional restoration specialist, and would like to share some info with you.

    Mold and mildew exist in all our indoor, and outdoor environments, usually in a dormant stage, just waiting for the right growing conditions to occur. Ideal growing conditions are lack of light, lack of air circulation, moisture, and heat. So eliminated one or two of the above conditions is the first choice.

    Since this is a rental, I assume you don't have a vent fan. If that is not the case, you need to use it more than you currently are. Moisture condenses on cold (relative) outside walls, so you need to ventilate in some fashion until the walls are dry. I have a customer who leaves her vent fan on for several hours after the bathroom is used by the family.

    Heat helps dry, so if you have a heater in the bathroom, preheat the bathroom for 15 - 20 minutes prior to taking a bath/shower.
    That covers prevention, which is your part. Next is resistance to the problem. Here's the CORRECT procedure.

    Kill the mildew. Chlorox is the most effective method, as it both kills the active mold/mildew, and eliminates any dormant spores as well. Next, seal the effected area with White Pigmented Shellac (Kilz is one brand name), this is critical. Then paint.

    The shinier the paint, the better. The more matte the surface of the paint, the more porous the surface, the shinier, the more non-porous. Many paints now have a mildew inhibitor built into them, so you can look for that.

    Hope these strategies will work for you. If you care to post more specific questions, I'll respond in several days when I return to TSG, or you van PM me.

    Happy showering:)
     
  9. Servant of Eru

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    You could always try this. :D ;)

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    I'm sure Moonie's been dying to get her hands on some of this stuff. ;)
     

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  10. Servant of Eru

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    bump....I mean after all, I can't let my first really good Adobe edit go unnoticed. Especially when it's as hilarious as this. ;)
     
  11. moonmist

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    Ha......... yeah thats a good one............. now you should hide, he will find you. :D
     
  12. Servant of Eru

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    bump...This image is now going for a special introductory rate of...nothing...courtesy of the S.O.E.E. 2003. ;) Save it while you can, because soon it will have disappeared into the depths of random. :)

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  13. eggplant43

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    Too funny:D
     
  14. Servant of Eru

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    You know that's the first time I ever figured out how to take part of an image and super impose it on another image? :D
     
  15. Servant of Eru

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    Uh-Oh, Mouldy has entered the forum. :eek:
     
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