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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.


  • Step 1: Fix the source of the leak Fix the source of the leak before repairing water stains.
  • TIP: Look carefully. The source of a leak may not be directly above the water stain.
  • Step 2: Mix cleaning solution Mix a solution of three parts water and one part bleach in the bucket.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Step 5: Repaint 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.
  • FACT: The largest painting in the world is 'Mother Earth,' by David Aberg.

You Will Need

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

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