5 Simple Steps for Eliminating a Ceiling Water Stain

Water stains on the roof of a house.

Don’t let an unsightly water stain ruin your favorite room this summer. Luckily, these stains are an easy fix that any homeowner can do themselves. All you need are a few quick steps and some easy to get supplies.

1. Repair the Leak
Before tackling the stain, make sure you fix the root of the problem. Check for any leaky pipes, holes in the roof, or a buildup of rainwater. Make sure to fix the problem so stains don’t become a reoccurring issue.

2. Preparation
Save your flooring from drips and scratches by placing a large plastic sheet below the stain. Safely place a stepladder on the covering and wash the stain with a damp washcloth. If you find mold, take the proper precautions to remove all mold from the area.

3. Small Stain Repair
Gently blot the stain with bleach and water (mixed) until the stain disappears. Then use white chalk or a small amount of paint to cover the area. Doing so will allow the old stain to be hidden better underneath a fresh coat of paint.

4. Large Stain Repair
For larger stains, apply a thin layer of a pigmented stain blocker to the area. For the best coverage, use rollers for flat surfaces and brushes for corners and edges. Leave the area to dry for at least 24 hours.

5. Paint
Once the area is fully dry, simply paint over it with the original ceiling color. If necessary, repeat steps 4 and 5 once more for full coverage. Hopefully you still have that can of leftover paint sitting in the garage!

Do you find yourself repairing water stains more than you would like? Frequent water damage may mean it’s time for a new roof. Call the professionals at Preferred Exterior to schedule a free estimate, at (516) 354-7252.

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