How to Remove Water Stains from Walls and Ceilings

There’s no need to sleep staring at that water spot on the ceiling. Get rid of it in a few easy steps.


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No matter what you spilled on your clothes or furnishings, we can tell you how to get it out.


You Will Need

  • A bucket
  • Bleach
  • A large sponge
  • Paper towels
  • A paintbrush or roller
  • Stain-blocking primer
  • Paint


  1. Step 1

    Fix the source of the leak

    Fix the source of the leak before repairing water stains.

  2. Look carefully. The source of a leak may not be directly above the water stain.

  3. Step 2

    Mix cleaning solution

    Mix a solution of three parts water and one part bleach in the bucket.

  4. Step 3

    Scrub away mold

    Apply the solution with a large sponge and scrub away any mold. After 20 minutes, rinse the spot with a clean sponge and dry it with paper towels.

  5. Step 4

    Apply primer

    Use a brush or roller to apply a stain-blocking primer to cover the area and ensure that the stain does not come back.

  6. Step 5


    Repaint the area, if necessary, when the primer is dry. You can now sleep soundly knowing your ceiling and walls are as good as new.

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