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Removing Mildew in the Shower

I would like to know how to get rid of nasty mildew/mold in the bathroom. My bathroom really has a bad case of this stuff because it does not dry out properly. This particularly happens in the winter where there is a lot of moisture. I try cleaning it with regular commercial products but I end up taking the cement part between the tiles off.

So, I have to continuously re-do this cement part (don't know the right word for it). Also, when I remove this cement part in the cleaning process water gets through to the adjoining walls and ruins my rooms next door. I really would like to find something to help me avoid this problem. Thank you.



Removing Mildew in the Shower

There is something in the UK called Sugar Soap, its a liquid. If you use that with some warm water it will clean it spotless and is gentle on the cement stuff in between the tiles.


Removing Mildew in the Shower

Use a mixture of bleach and water. How much bleach depends on the amount of mold. Usually 1 part bleach to 3 parts water. Let stand until the mold dissolves.Then rinse with clean water. (11/12/2007)

By Dean

Removing Mildew in the Shower

Clean and disinfect (bleach and water will work). Then spray the grout and tiles with WD40 (it repels water). You can wipe it off the tiles after a little while, if you want to. Next, AND MOST IMPORTANT, STOP USING BAR SOAP. It contains wax which coats your tiles and grout, trapping moisture behind it. It does not need to be an expensive liquid soap or one that leaves you feeling "slimy." Liquid soap from WalMart or the dollar store works fine. Experiment until you find one you like. (11/12/2007)


By ccarnow

Removing Mildew in the Shower

Hey, this doesn't help you get rid of the mildew but what helps me to keep my bathroom dry is to buy a small cheap fan $5-$10 at Walmart etc and run it when you are showering and after until the bathroom is dry. Sometimes in the summer when humidity is high we just let it run 24/7. For the mildew it self you might try a strong solution of bleach. God Bless (11/12/2007)

By Becki from Missouri

Removing Mildew in the Shower

The cement part between the tiles is called grout. If that helps. (11/12/2007)

By Holly

Removing Mildew in the Shower

Putting a fan in the bath is really important to keep ventilation going and air moving. When you have the bath really dried out and mold gone paint it with a product for baths with a mildew retardant in it by Zinzer. It can be tinted to your preferred color. Keep the fan going as well. (11/12/2007)

By Rasta

Removing Mildew in the Shower

Use Tilex. Its a bleach solution.

Also, once you've removed your mold you may be able to seal the grout with a sealant, but I don't know much about that. I've only read about it. (11/13/2007)


By Carol in PA

Removing Mildew in the Shower

Put on mask, safety glasses, gloves to the elbows--take some bleach--pick your scent that pleases you. Stand in shower (keep clothes on! may want old ones on.)
Dip a rag or washcloth in it. Sponge the bleach to the areas. Get out, let soak, rinse. For lasting effect of bleach on areas, make a paste of baking soda and bleach to putty consistency, rub on and let soak.

This works on walls in the bathroom too. We pulled the vanity out as I could SMELL mildew somewhere. There it was. Water follows water pipes and drips, etc.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE VENTILATION at all times. Have someone to call for help if necessary.

You learn the first time, 2nd time doesn't take as much time. OH-if you have to do walls, put a kilz' etc over it and paint. If you have to cut out the sheet rock, etc. DO. (11/13/2007)

By Grandma J

Removing Mildew in the Shower

After shower use, pull curtain toward center to let air circulate and dry, and heat/humidity gone. (12/02/2007)


By Annette

Removing Mildew in the Shower

After thoroughly cleaning all visible evidence of mildew, buy some "Damp Rid" they sell it at most stores. It will come with a plastic basket type thing-a-ma-jig that you put the "Damp Rid" granules into the top of. They draw out moisture from the air and the water seeps to the lower basket part, empty every so often as needed and add more granules when needed. My mother used to have the same problem in her bathroom, not anymore!!

The seal that goes to the trunk of my car has a hidden leak somewhere. I still cant figure out where! It would make the whole car smell awful a few days after a heavy rain, but I put a basket (they're no bigger than a 3lb butter tub!) of damp rid in my trunk and it draws out the moisture before it ever gets smelly! Just remember to check the basket at least once a week in the bathroom so the water it draws out, doesn't overflow into the granules. its hard to explain, but google "damp rid" and check out their site! Tried and true! It GREATLY cuts down on mildew by pulling the moisture out of the air! Hope that helps! (12/19/2007)


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