Your ceiling is one of the most ignored surfaces in your home and for a good reason — it takes making an effort to look up and look at it unless you happen to have a sufficiently impressive design that it merits looking up.
As a result, it may be that it could take quite a while before you happen to notice when you have a water stain on your ceiling — and it can be quite ugly by the time you get around to seeing it.
Water stains don’t just appear of their own volition — there has to be a reason you find yourself with a water stain on the ceiling in the first place.
If you don’t figure out what that reason is, you will find that the water stain will come back after you are done cleaning it all up and repainting your ceiling.
Sometimes a water stain comes about because you have a leaky appliance — if that’s the case, you will need to get the appliance repaired or replaced.
Alternatively, you might just have a bigger problem in the form of a leaky roof — in which case you will have to get the roof repaired, which may be a lot more difficult than a simple appliance repair.
Before you get started, you’re going to need to determine if the paint that you have for painting the ceiling will match the color that is already there — this is an important step.
If it turns out that the color does match, you won’t have to paint as much as you will need to if it turns out that it doesn’t match.
This is because if the colors don’t match, you’re going to have to paint your entire ceiling and not just the area where you had the stain.
It’s a good idea to clean the actual stain area before you paint it — you don’t want to have that mess underneath a nice coat of paint.
Get some bleach and mix approximately one cup of bleach to three cups of water and use that solution to clean the stain.
Make sure, of course, to allow the ceiling to dry after you do this.
The next step is going to be to prepare the ceiling for painting, which will involve first gently sanding the ceiling (from this point you will have to either do the whole ceiling if your colors didn’t match or just the stain area plus a little extra if it did match).
Sanding the ceiling will prepare it to be painted as it will get it smoother, and you need a smooth ceiling in order to apply the paint to it.
Related to this need, you are going to apply a coat of primer paint, preferably one that blocks stains.
The reason it’s a good idea to use a primer coat that blocks stains is that even though you will use the solution in the third step to clean the ceiling, you want to block out anything that may have been leftover from it.
The last step includes, well… painting the ceiling!
At this point, it should be fairly straight forward — you can follow our guide to painting a ceiling.
Make sure to allow time for the ceiling to dry before you apply a second coat, then allow that to dry… and then you will be able to claim victory over the stain!
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