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Is this soot or mold:

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The metal bar you see are the garage door railing. I'm looking up at the ceiling.

How do I get rid of this mold? Do I need to cut the drywall away? Or can I just spray it with something?

Thanks for your help in advance.

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It's mold. Spray some straight bleach on it.

  • damn. looks like it's on the surface for now? – Jenia Ivanov Sep 3 '17 at 0:25
  • It's really hard to say, but typically mold will lie on the surface, choosing the path of least resistance. – NPM Sep 3 '17 at 8:58
  • Hey @NPM Turned out not to be mold after all. It was residue from the garage-door chain ;) – Jenia Ivanov Dec 31 '17 at 17:43

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