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Getting the mold from a bathroom ceiling

Q. How can a moldy ceiling in a bathroom be prevented and how can I get rid of the mold? Mrs. Frederick Brand Winthrop, Maine

A. A mixture of Clorox bleach and water will inhibit the mold on that bathroom ceiling. The mixture can be anywhere from 4 ounces per gallon of water up to 8 or 10 ounces per gallon depending on the tenacity of the mold.

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In most cases this washing will deter but not prevent recurrence.

Should the mold recur, you may need to provide extra ventilation. Usually, a ceiling or wall exhaust fan induces the needed air change and humidity reduction.

If you have a question on maintaining your house, send it to the real-estate editor, The Christian Science Monitor, One Norway Street, Boston, Mass. 02115. Forrest M. Holly is a longtime California builder now living in Arizona.

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