Seeing Black mold appear on the ceiling of your bedroom can be frightening.
Mold spores only have to be wet for twenty-four hours before starting to grow & spread into the dark, smelly, harmful substance.
It is important to be able to identify if what you are seeing on your bedroom ceiling is mold & to quickly get rid of it to ensure the health and safety of you and your family.
Identifying the Black Spots on Bedroom Ceiling
When you first see a black spot on your ceiling, it could be an array of things.
Drywall screws, candle flames, fireplaces, and nicotine stains all have potential to cause discoloration that could be mistaken for mold upon first look. It is important to be able to identify the differences.
Exposed drywall screws tend to show in a pattern and stay about the size of the screw head. These could be potentially showing along the studs in the ceiling if the texture or paint is wearing thin.
Soot from things like candles, fireplaces, and nicotine tend to stain in a more cloud like fashion. Baking soda or an industrial soot cleaner can clean this up for you quickly.
You might notice there is a mold-like, black spot near an air vent, ceiling corner, window, or other place of high moisture and low light.
This is most likely mold, not an alternative.
When mold forms, it is not typically uniformed in its appearance. Spots vary in size and tend to be in a concentrated area.
Here’s How to Tell if it’s actually Mold on your Bedroom Ceiling
Visually, mold on ceilings is hard to miss. It is black or dark gray in color and looks to have the texture of fuzz.
When mold spores form, they are typically circular in shape and form in various sizes within an area. However, water damage and odor can also signify that you have mold on your bedroom ceiling.
If a section of your ceiling that starts to bubble or peel paint most likely has water damage and could be growing mold.
Mold does not always come with an odor but if you start to smell a gross musty or earthy smell, it is most likely mold.
What Causes Mold On Bedroom Ceiling
Mold thrives with humidity and needs moisture to grow. Here are common ways that black mold can grow on your bedroom ceiling.
If air can become stagnant in your bedroom, this puts your room at risk for mold. For example, you have a humidifier in your room and air cannot circulate, mold can build up.
Something else to consider is if you have a bathroom attached to your bedroom that does not have a window or fan, your shower steam could create a breeding ground for mold on your bedroom ceiling and corners.
Too much moisture congregating with nowhere to go can cause mold to start growing.
A lack of insulation in your roof or in your walls could cause mold to grow, especially on your ceiling crevices and corners.
Checking your insulation could help alleviate a larger issue from occurring. When the temperature outside causes moisture to form, it can get trapped and mold can make its way onto your bedroom ceiling.
If you do not check your attic regularly for leaks, it might be time to start.
If your roof is leaking into your attic and goes undetected, you might not notice anything is wrong until you see those dark spots appear on your ceiling.
Sometimes you might notice a water spot on the ceiling before it turns into mold, but untreated it will leave you dealing with the dark furry substance.
This cause is similar to a leak in your roof, but you may have another floor above your bedroom ceiling instead of an attic.
A leaky pipe can be hard to detect because most houses do not have exposed pipes, meaning you might only be able to catch this cause of mold once the mold has already grown.
Leaky pipes tend to be a common culprit in bedroom ceiling mold, especially in corners and creases.
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How to Clean & Get rid of Black Mold from Bedroom Ceiling
Before you dive into cleaning the visual appearance of black mold on your ceiling, make sure you find out the cause in order to ensure your cleaning efforts are not in vain.
Ignoring the root cause of the mold will only allow it to return.
Tools needed to clean black mold:
- Rubber gloves
- Clothing that covers skin
- Safety goggles
- Respirator mask
- Plastic tarp
- Duct tape or painters tape
- Scrub brush
- Spray bottle with water
- Spray bottle for cleaning solution (choose one below)
Bleach solution to put inside your spray bottle:
- One part bleach
- Sixten parts water
For a natural alternative to bleach, in your spray bottle combine:
- One part baking soda
- Five parts distulledwhite vinegar
- Five parts water
Ensure your skin is not exposed with the clothing you are wearing.
Put on your safety goggles and respirator.
Put the rubber gloves on your hands.
Following these steps first ensure your own safety from any physical effects of being around the mold and any loose mold spores.
2. Prep the Room
Use the tape to secure the plastic tarp in a position to block off the doorway to your bedroom.
Spray the mold on ceiling with water to prevent any airborne particles.
Prepping the room makes sure that you are containing any mold particles from traveling to another location.
3. Go for Mold
- Spray the black mold on your ceiling with your bleach solution or natural alternative.
- Let it sit for thirty minutes.
- Use the scrub brush to scrub away the black mold.
- Let the area dry
- Repeat this process until you have removed the mold.
It is important to let the area dry before repairing the process to make sure you are able to scrub away the most mold.
Ceiling texture may be difficult to fully remove the mold from, which is why it is recommended to follow this last set of steps multiple times.
Dangers of Mold on your Bedroom Ceiling
While having mold in your bedroom is not ideal, the very beginning stage of a mold problem will most likely not affect you physically.
However, it is important to deal with it swiftly because once the mold starts growing past the initial stage of development, you (and your ceiling) may feel some of its negative effects.
Physical Dangers from Mold
Mold can affect your breathing, bother your eyes, and cause headaches. Mold can also cause you to have an allergic reaction.
Coughing, wheezing, itchy skin, sneezing, and body aches have all been linked to mold growth in the home.
There are more serious potential side effects such as memory loss, asthma attacks, and bloody noses. If you suspect you have a mold problem, it is vital to get it taken care of immediately.
Structural Dangers from Mold
While mold can cause issues for you physically, it can also hurt your home. With mold on the ceiling, you may have to deal with replacing the damaged section in ceiling.
If the mold has just started showing on the ceiling and is coming from the roof or other leaky area, you may also have to repair those spots.
Holes in the ceiling or other moldy parts may cause your home to become unstable.
Is sleeping in a room with mold bad?
Sleeping in a room with mold on the ceiling is not recommended. By doing so, you are putting yourself at risk with some or all of the complications discussed above.
If you notice any signs of mold, it is best to try and eliminate the mold quickly to ensure your best health.
Preventing Mold on your Bedroom Ceilings in Future
Unfortunately mold is naturally occurring and something that happens when the conditions are right.
However, here are a few things you can do to help prevent it from forming on your bedroom ceiling in the future.
Adding a dehumidifier to your room will allow the moisture in the air to be trapped. Lessening the moisture in your bedroom directly lessens the chance mold has to grow.
Allow Air Flow
Using fans, windows, and doorways to allow airflow in poorly ventilated rooms can make a big difference. When the humidity in the air has a place to flow, it is less likely to be stagnant and cause mold to start growing.
Regularly Clean Wet Areas
Paying attention to those pesky spots that maintain moisture can help you prevent mold growth.
For example, if you have that master bathroom with no window or ventilation mentioned above, you may want to dry the ceiling where moisture collects after your shower.
When to Call a Professional
While being able to handle a mold problem on your own is most certainly easier at first, sometimes a professional needs to be called to help make sure the entire problem is solved.
- If the mold is growing rapidly and in multiple areas on your ceiling, call a professional. This could be for many reasons, but a leak is highly likely and will need to be handled quickly.
- If you are having health issues due to the mold, it is best to call a professional so you are not putting yourself more at risk than you already are. Professionals have the proper knowledge and equipment to safely remove the mold for you.
- If you have tried to clean the mold on ceiling yourself and it keeps coming back, you should call a professional. If this is the case, there is something more going on that needs to be looked at. Let a professional with the proper tools help make your bedroom safe.
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