The upstairs rooms in this house all have gabled ceilings (I think? The ceilings match the slope of the roof overhead), with the peak about ten feet up. The bathroom is small and cramped, with the single-person shower stall installed as an afterthought. Hence, the mildew growing in the peak of the ceiling in there is basically unreachable. Yesterday I used surface cleaner and mildew remover and scrubbed the entire part of the bathroom I could reach -- the floors, toilet, walls, window frame, sink, etc. -- and even stood on a chair to reach as high as I could. Now the bottom 75% of the room is remarkably clean, with some minor mildew stains but nothing horrible, but the peak of the ceiling is still covered with mildew that I just can't reach.
So now I'm going to tell our landlady that something needs to be done about the paint in there. The needed repairs in this house are starting to pile up, and I hate to keep bugging her, but I guess that's my prerogative as a renter, right? Plus, maybe she'll feel guilty that it's been over two months since we told her the oven was broken and it's still not taken care of, so she won't get cranky about other stuff. Maybe.