How can I remove mildew from the shower?
Michelle W. from NV
Do you have a fan in your bathroom? If not, you might consider installing one (to pull out the moisture)
Mold and mildew can be a very expensive problem if it's not nipped in the bud. I just read an article of a family that needed to leave their home (permanently) because of mold.
I have a spray bottle I keep in the bathroom. It is a 50/50 bleach and water solution. When I see any sign of mold or mildew, I'll spray it and allow it to air dry.
To help prevent mold and mildew, I squeegee my entire shower after each use. Afterwards, I wipe it down with a dry towel. I also wash my shower curtains once a month in hot water with laundry detergent and bleach. You can put the plastic liner in the dryer for a few minutes, just until it gets warm and the wrinkles are removed. Then you can hang it back up in the shower to dry more thoroughly.
For me, Tilex Professional Mildew Remover has worked the best. You can get it at Home Depot. Regular Tilex just doesn't seem to work as well.
To help prevent mildew in the a shower/tub area, figure a way to keep the wet shower curtain pinned away from the side of the tub. My shower curtain has small suction cups on the ends so I stick each side to the shower wall. This holds the shower curtain away from the sides of the tub. The side of the tub and the shower curtain will dry faster which helps prevent mildew.
The shower curtain I had before did not have suction cups on the shower curtain so I rigged one side of the curtain by using a clothes pin and pinned it to a mesh shower pocketed bag that is hung on the back wall of the tub for our shampoos and bath products.
Even pulling back one side of the wet shower curtain would help. I also use an inexpensive clip-on oscillating fan that I bought a Wal-mart for under $10.00 and keep it turned towards the tub so it will dry faster. I have the fan hung on the wall since it had a opening in the back for hanging. I usually keep this fan on all the time and, depending on the weather, will keep the window in the bathroom cracked slightly to let in fresh air.
If you use a shower stall, this tip should also help. I also trim the bottom hem of the shower curtain. This hem holds the water and this is the area that usually is the main mildew problem on the shower curtain. The water will drip off better instead of laying in the hem. I trimmed my polyester curtain and it is fraying a bit, but I would rather have a little fray then mildew.
Does anyone have any suggestions to keep the polyester shower curtain from fraying? Thanks. (01/17/2008)
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