As soon as you start to notice water stains accumulating in areas of your walls and ceilings, it is important to act fast. Your first priority should be to locate and remedy the source of the water staining, which is generally a water leak. Once you have your water leak under control, you can move forward with treating your drywall to remove the unwanted stains left behind. Continue reading to learn one of the most recommended practices for removing water stains from drywall and plaster.
Tools and Supplies to Get:
→ Large Bucket
→ Clean Water
→ Rubber Gloves
→ Soft Sponge
→ Drop Clothes
→ Oil-Based Primer
→ Water-Based Paint
→ Paint Brush or Roller
After you gather all your needed materials, start by laying down your drop cloths under your work space. You can use old bed sheets or plastic tarp as well.
Once your surrounding floors and possessions are protected with drop cloths, mix together equal parts of bleach and water in your bucket.
Put on your rubber gloves, and begin to apply the bleach solution to the drywall using your soft sponge. You may also pour the solution into a clean, plastic spray bottle for easier application. The bleach and water combo will remove any mold.
Allow the drywall to dry completely from the bleach water application.
After the area is dry, apply a shellac or oil-based primer to cover the stain. One coat should be enough. You may use a spray can or a roll-on primer.
Allow the primer to dry completely.
Apply your acrylic or water-based paint over the area covering the stain. You may need to re-paint the entire wall or ceiling to ensure the paint shades match.