Effective Ways to Remove Mould from Ceilings

How to prevent and remove mould on ceilings

Discovering mould on ceilings can be disconcerting for homeowners, landlords, tenants, and responsible property managers. Beyond the unsightly appearance, mould on ceilings poses potential health risks. In fact, according to recent studies, indoor mould exposure has been linked to respiratory issues and allergies.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the various types of ceiling mould, delve into the reasons behind its appearance, and provide effective strategies on how to remove mould from ceilings and prevent its return.


  • Variations of mould on ceilings
  • Why is mould appearing on my ceiling?
  • How to get rid of mould on ceilings
  • DIY tips to prevent mould from coming back on your ceilings
  • Why removing mould from your ceilings is important
  • How to remove mould from ceilings for good

Variations of mould on ceilings

Ceilings, particularly in bedrooms and bathrooms, are susceptible to various types of mould. From the common Cladosporium to the more problematic Stachybotrys, each variation has unique characteristics and potential health implications. Understanding the specific mould strains present on bedroom and bathroom ceilings is crucial for implementing targeted removal and prevention measures.

Why is mould appearing on my ceiling?

Mould growth on ceilings can be attributed to a range of factors, emphasising the importance of identifying the root cause. In bedrooms, poor ventilation, condensation, and dampness are common culprits. Meanwhile, bathroom ceilings may be prone to mould due to excessive moisture from showers and inadequate ventilation. Learn more about how to get rid of mould on bathroom ceilings here.

Structural issues, leaking roofs, or plumbing problems can exacerbate mould growth in both areas. By examining these causes, homeowners and property managers can tailor their approach to effectively address the issue at its source.

How to get rid of mould on ceilings

When addressing mould on ceilings, it’s crucial to recognise that cleaning only removes the visible mould, not the mycelium roots – the deep-rooted structure of the mould. As a result, even if the ceiling looks clean, these roots persist and will likely lead to mould regrowth.

Given this, we don’t recommend just ‘cleaning’ your mouldy ceilings as it doesn’t address the core issue. To effectively and permanently eliminate mould from your ceilings, continue reading for some DIY methods, or consider consulting with one of our mould experts for specialised advice.

DIY tips to prevent mould from coming back on your ceilings

To help prevent the recurrence of mould on ceilings, consider the following preventive measures that you can try at home first.

Improve ventilation

Improve airflow by regularly opening windows and doors. Consider installing exhaust fans in bathrooms to reduce moisture.

Outdoor drying 

Dry clothes outdoors to minimise indoor humidity levels.

Address structural issues 

Repair leaks promptly and fix any structural issues contributing to dampness.

Use dehumidifiers

Use dehumidifiers in areas prone to excess moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Why removing mould from your ceilings is important

Mould on your ceilings is not only unsightly but also poses significant health risks to those in the space. Varieties like black mould release allergens and mycotoxins, potentially causing nasal congestion, coughing, skin irritations, and eye discomfort.

Furthermore, mould can damage and deform your ceilings, shortening the lifespan of your property and increasing maintenance expenses. For landlords, members of housing associations, or homeowners, our company provides comprehensive strategies to protect your property and prevent mould growth on ceilings.

How to remove mould from ceilings for good

At Cornerstone, we understand the challenges associated with mould growth on ceilings. Our expert team is equipped to provide personalised solutions, addressing not only the visible mould but also the root cause. By offering our expertise, we aim to empower homeowners, landlords, tenants, and responsible property managers with the knowledge needed to create mould-free living spaces.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve a mould-free environment. Your well-being is our top priority.

About the Author

David Bly

David Bly

Managing Director

David has an Engineering and Management background having been involved with the property damage management industry sector for the last 20 years encompassing the management and dissemination of key reporting protocols. His field-based experience aligns to the creation and production of unique reporting systems that serve to uphold professionalism and transparency of data interpretation for the industries Cornerstone serve.

In addition, his experience aligns to the understanding of damp, condensation and mould related issues in properties combining all industry approved surveying techniques to deliver a bespoke service clients demand.

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