?-cleaning the water marks left by steam

callie8799December 29, 2012

this is a bit off topic-in the sense that this is not about a remodel, but on topic that this deals with bathrooms....

any suggestions on how to wipe off or even blend the water streaking marks left on the walls when dh doesn't use the vent when taking his "hour showers"? I do have bathroom paint up there (Benjamin Moore) so it is wipeable, but I haven't been able to keep up with it so now it's bad.

what can I use to make the marks "go away" or less noticeable? or what do you use?

thank you!

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mongoct

Sometimes water marks from steam can indicate a slight re-emulsification of the paint. If that's what the marks are from, the only real way to get rid of the marks is to repaint.

If you're using a glossy bathroom paint, and it sounds like you have, that's your best bet.

If you have a shower light switch and a shower fan switch, you could pigtail the wires together on to one switch, or add some other automation feature (motion or humidity) to the fan (motion or humidity).

Or hide the remote to the television until he learns to flip the fan switch.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 11:03AM
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Bethpen

I've had some success using a little vinegar and water and wiping the walls. It is SO annoying..both kids using our newly renovated bathroom and it looks awful already. We did a lot of work to the fan to help, but it wasn't enough.

Beth P.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 6:05AM
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lazy_gardens

any suggestions on how to wipe off or even blend the water streaking marks left on the walls when dh doesn't use the vent when taking his "hour showers"?

Change the bathroom vent fan for one that automatically turns on when the humidity goes up. :)

That will solve the problem, and maybe end the marriage

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 4:00PM
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diy_gal

I spray it with 409 cleaner and wipe it with a cloth. Works great for me. Can't even tell there used to be water marks.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 10:39PM
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dianne47

Another idea would be replace the bathroom vent fan switch with one that's a timer. Leave switch set to 60 minutes after taking shower.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 5:57PM
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Fori is not pleased

How about having the light go out after 20 minutes? ;P

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 9:56PM
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