Thursday, September 20, 2012

Quick Fix for Old Leak Stains

Water leak stains are not attractive. If you have a busy schedule or a tight budget, painting the entire ceiling to cover up one stain may not be an option. A $2 bottle of white shoe polish is a great temporary fix. It will cover mild water stains in a jiffy. For a tougher water stain, like the one pictured below, you may be left with just a hint of the stain. Unless your guests walk in with a magnifying glass, they will be none the wiser to your quick fix.

  • Step 1- Remove lid from white shoe polish.
  • Step 2- Press polish downward onto paper plate and gently squeeze sides to release polish.
  • Step 3- Blot end of bottle across stain.
  • Step 4- Repeat until stain is covered. (No need to wait as the polish dries very quickly) 


  1. could that then be painted over at a later time without a problem?

    1. Yes it can be painted over with no problems. Although shoe polish isn't made up of 100% natural ingtedients, like it used to be, there aren't any chemicals that would hinder you painting over the polish. Thanks. :)

  2. You can make a mixture of 50/50 water and bleach in a spray bottle and a spray the ceiling. It will take most if not all of stain out. If it still has some remaining spray again. Be sure to cover your floor or carpet with a tarp or something to protect the floor.