How to Remove Mold From Painted Walls

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Mold on painted walls doesn’t only ruin the look but also smells bad. It’s dangerous for health also. But you have to understand first, what is on your painted walls, is it mold or mildew? 

Usually, Mildew is grey or white, And mold is black, green, and yellow. Mold is slimy in texture and causes structural damage in the home. But mildew doesn’t do any damage. So, find out what it is, and start finding a way to clean the mold from the walls immediately.  

Removing mold from painted walls isn’t so difficult. You have to just follow some simple steps and the walls will be all cleaned. Want to know the simple procedure of removing mold from painted walls?

This guide is for you. We will tell you the whole process of cleaning mold from the painted walls. Scroll down and be with us.

How to Remove Mold From Painted Walls 

There are many ways to remove mold from painted walls. You can use a commercial cleaner or DIY homemade cleaner to clean the mold from the painted wall. 

Try to avoid chemical-based cleaners, it can damage the paint. Or choose a cleaner with a little number of chemicals that is safe to use on painted walls.

We prefer using DIY homemade cleaner, as it doesn’t contain any chemicals and is safe to use on painted walls.

We are sharing the effective DIY cleaning solution along with the cleaning process below. If you want you can follow the process for better results without harming the painted walls.

Equipment you will need

You will need warm water, borax, vinegar, a sponge, a piece of cloth, a spray bottle, distilled water, tea tree oil, and protective gear.

Prepare the room

Before you start using any cleaning solution to remove the mold, you should prepare your room. And before that, you should wear a mask, hand gloves, and goggles.

Transfer all the furniture and home accessories from the room and ensure the room is vacant. You will use the solution on the walls, so chances are there of a spill, so cover the whole floor with a plastic sheet to protect the area.

Prepare The Solution

We will tell you about the making process of three solutions that you will need to remove mold from painted walls.

One solution is for basic cleaning, one is for removing mold and one is for getting rid of dullness and stopping the mold from returning.


Take one gallon of warm water, add half a cup of dish liquid. Mix until bubbles show up.


Take three-part of lukewarm water and one part of bleach. For better understanding, take one gallon of warm water, add one cup of borax into it.

For better results, you can add one cup of white vinegar to this solution. Mix all the ingredients until the borax is distilled fully with water and vinegar. Trust us, this is the best cleaner for mold on walls.


Take two cups of distilled water in a spray bottle and add one tablespoon of tea tree oil. Stir well and make sure the oils and water are mixed perfectly. 

Removing The Mold   

We have told you about three solutions. The first solution won’t remove the mold but will help in removing the mold from the painted wall.

So it’s necessary and the third one is your wish, you can avoid it if you want.

We’ve provided some simple steps to remove mold from your painted walls so you can breathe easy again.

Basic cleaning: 

Take a sponge or piece of cloth, dip in the solution one, wring well, and wipe away the painted wall. All the dirt and dust will be clean with this solution. 

Now the painted wall is free of dirt and dust; the only mold is there. It’s time to use solution number two. 

Mold Cleaning: 

Take another clean sponge or cloth and dip in the solution. Wring well and remove the excess solution. Scrub the painted wall gently with this damp sponge.

Keep repeating the process until the mold is deeply clean. Make sure the sponge is clean, don’t use the dirty sponge; it will ruin the process and will increase your workload. 

Now the mold is clean, take a damp sponge damped with plain warm water and wipe away the painted wall.

Using Tea Tree Oil: 

Tea tree oil is best to remove fungi and bacteria. It’s actionable to remove mold also. Spray the solution three on the affected area, wait for five minutes and wipe away with a clean cloth.

It will remove the mold and will also ensure the mold doesn’t return so soon. You can use this process for painted walls and wallpaper walls.

Stop Mold From Growing On Painted Wall

As we know mold grows where it finds moisture. So the first thing is, don’t let your wall be moisturized, keep it dry always.

If it gets in touch with water like any drinking spills, wipe away immediately and then do basic cleaning and next wipe away with a dry cloth.

So,If there is any leakage that is causing moisture on the walls, fix it immediately.

If you want mold doesn’t come again then try to circulate fresh air in the room and let the walls get air and daylight.

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How Long Does It Take for Vinegar to Kill Mold?

Vinegar is a mildly acidic product that is effective as a cleaner, deodorizer, and disinfector. It can kill mold or black mold from any type of surface. To kill mold completely it will take approximately 60 minutes. Spray vinegar on the surface. Wait for 60 minutes, then scrub and rinse away. 

How Do You Get Rid of Mold on Walls Permanently?

Getting rid of mold on walls permanently is possible. For that, you have to use harsh chemicals like bleach or hydrogen peroxide. When you want the mold to be gone permanently, Bleach is the last and best option. Mix water and bleach in the ratio of one cup water and one fourth cup bleach and mix them until bleach dissolves completely. Take a sponge, dip in the solution and place it on the mold area and scrub gently. Repeat the process until you get rid of mold on walls. 

Can Cleaning Black Mold Make You Sick?

Yes, cleaning black mold can make you sick. If you have allergies or asthma, then black mold exposure can irritate your skin, eyes, nose, etc. So, before you start the cleaning process, wear a mask, goggles, hand gloves and make sure the mold or the cleaning solution doesn’t touch your body. 

Is Vinegar or Hydrogen Peroxide Better for Mold?

Both vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are effective in cleaning the mold. If the mold is just growing, then using vinegar is more effective. Hydrogen peroxide isn’t often usable; it can damage the surface. It’s the last option when something else doesn’t work. So try vinegar first, then hydrogen peroxide. 

Is Vinegar Safe to Use on Painted Walls?

Yes, vinegar is safe to use on painted walls. Not only for a painted wall, but it’s also safe to use on carpet, floor, clothes, etc. Vinegar is a mild acid, and you can also use it for various purposes. If you don’t use it in excessive quantities, it won’t harm the painted walls. 


Mold isn’t good for health, so whenever you see it growing, use our simple mold removing process and get rid of the mold problems.

Our shared process is 100% actionable in removing mold from walls. We have tried and are satisfied with the result. So you can try it too and let us know how magically it works.

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