Leakage and damage due to excessive rain or storms is difficult enough to fix, the unsightly reminders they leave behind can be even more troublesome. Stains left behind by water damage can ruin the aesthetics of your home or commercial property. If you don’t have the time or the patience to work on the water stain yourself, you can easily call a professional. However, if you’re determined to repair your ceiling then read on to get a few pointers.
Before you proceed
You need to access the condition of the ceiling before you go ahead fixing how it looks. First, make sure that the underlying problem has been dealt with. That is, ensure that the leakage has been sealed and the ceiling wouldn’t be exposed to water again.
Before you start working on it, also ensure that the surface is dry. If the surface is still moist, any repair work you carry out on it would be useless. Also, if the drywall has a little give to it and feels soggy and soft, you need to peel it back and address water damage and mold underneath. You might also need to replace the drywall entirely.
What you might need
Before you go about addressing the water stains on your ceiling, you need to have a few things on hand:
- A household cleaning agent
- A strong wire brush
- Either Caulk or Spackle
- Paint of your choice
How to address the stain
Once you’re certain that the surface is ready for treatment, you can proceed with the following steps.
- Clean the area you’re about to work on thoroughly, with any household cleaning agent. There might also be some mold on the area that you need to get rid of
- After cleaning the surface, remove any lose flakes of paint on the surface with a wire brush
- Apply caulk or spackle over the water-stained area and leave it to dry
- Sand the surface to ensure it is even and smooth
- Apply shellac and leave it to dry again
- Once the shellac is dry, apply primer. It is best to apply a few coats, let the primer to dry for a few hours in between
- Apply a few coats of paint; wait a few hours between coats
If you follow these steps, it is likely that your ceiling would look as good as new in no time.