Painting over mould and mildew

Most homeowners know what bathroom mildew looks like. It's that dark and mouldy looking stuff that appears around shower curtains, tiles or above a shower wall. This is not only something that is an eyesore, but is also unhealthy. Not many people have an idea on how to paint over mildew when redecorating their bathroom. It is actually possible with the use of zinsser paint


Mildew is a fungus that continues to grow on moist surfaces unless it is removed. It also causes peeling paint. It this is what's happening to the bathroom, then the owner must remove the mildew and peeling paint prior to repainting. The mildew is removed by mixing a solution of water and bleach, and then spraying on the affected areas. The spray should be applied in every place that has black mildew marks. This ensures the mildew is dead before the bathroom walls are painted. The affected area has to be allowed to dry before proceeding to the next step.


The next step involves scraping all the peeling and loose paint and filling any dents or cracks with a spackling compound. As soon as the compound has dried, it should be sandpapered until smooth. If necessary, it can be re-coated with additional compound as it often shrinks after drying. Any spackle dust is removed using a damp sponge. The walls are then primed using a high-quality primer that should be allowed to dry. They are then painted with an eggshell finish latex paint.


Some homeowners wonder why a flat paint cannot be used. This is because the walls will get exposed to water, facilitating the growth of more mildew in the future. Most probably the mildew will return as it thrives in dark and damp environments. If the homeowner observes the mildew returning, he or she should wipe the walls using waterbleach solutions and a damp sponge. This prevents it from doing a lot of damage to the walls. A high-quality paint that is mould-resistant not only retards growth of mildew, but also holds up to repeated washing extremely well. Such paint is also low odour and is available in a wide range of colours.


The problem may be severe and persistent. If so, the bathroom owner should ask paint store to add a packet of mildewcide to the paint before shaking the can. This way, the paint and the mildewcide will be evenly mixed. For those using at true kitchen or bathroom paint, they contain mildewcide in them already, but more cannot hurt.


When treating bathroom mould, it is vital to ensure that tiles and grout are clear of it. In some cases, the homeowner may have to replace grout or tiles. These are the cases when a beach treatment is used, and one finds that the mould does not seem to respond to the bleach. A probably reason for the lack of response is that the bathroom mould has grown under the tiles, meaning the homeowner will have to dig it out and treat it in order to eliminate it.

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