Mildew in the tub or shower is more than just an annoyance. It’s almost unbearable looking at those dark green and black stains in the corners of the tub. You can’t even enjoy a nice hot shower because the only thing on your mind is how to get rid of the mildew buildup in the corners, cracks and crevices. I’m going to tell you how to clean the mildew out of the shower and stop it from recurring.
First lets take a look at what mildew is. Mildew refers to certain kinds of mold or fungus.The term mildew is often used generically to refer to mold growth, usually with a flat growth habit. Molds can thrive on many organic materials, including clothing, leather, paper, and the ceilings, walls and floors of homes with moisture management problems. Mildew often lives on shower walls, windowsills, and other places where moisture levels are high. There are many species of molds. In unaired places, such as basements, they can produce a strong musty odor. Gross, isn’t it? Definitely not something you want to be taking a bath or shower in or around. Yuck!
OK so now that we know exactly what it is lets talk about methods to rid our bathrooms of mildew. The main places you will find mildew in the shower are the corners, along the edges of floor, and between the tiles. The highest concentration of mildew is usually in the corner of the shower.
The first thing you need to do is give the tub and shower a good cleaning. Clean the shower with a good degreaser. Something that will just melt the grime off the tub and shower walls and glass. If you have a very problematic mildew problem in your shower get something specifically for soap scum. The mold/mildew sticks to this. Scrubbing Bubbles is good for this. If you have hard-water then you are probably gonna have the calcium, lime and rust buildup which only helps the mildew thrive. CLR is a very good product for this. Its get the toughest calcium, lime and rust stains out. I love it! OK once you’ve determined exactly what you need to use to clean the mildew out of your bath or shower get the products and get it done.
There maybe a little scrubbing involved but it will be minimal with the above mention products. Make sure to pay extra attention to the cracks and crevices. These areas hold moisture and help the mildew to thrive. Now that you’ve cleaned your tub and shower, tiles, glass, and all its time to rinse. Rinse it good with hot water, wiping down as you rinse. Make sure to get all the remnants of any soap scum and left over cleaner. Now dry the shower with a clean dry towel. OK, the tub and shower are now clean & dry…mold and mildew free. It was hard work but it was worth it!
It is now time to prevent that mildew from coming back. Take an empty spray bottle if you have one handy and mix it with half bleach and half water. If there is no spray bottle handy use a cleaning bucket and towel or use the tub. Take the bleach solution and spray those corners and crevices. Make sure you get all the places you saw mildew. If your problem was bad there maybe some stains left behind. The bleach solution should fix this. If you are using a bucket and towel wipe those spots with the solution, tile and all. This will kill the mildew that was left behind. Give it about 5-10 minutes then rinse.
You should now be free of most if not all of any mildew. Do this every week until the staining is gone. And remember the most important thing to prevent mildew in the tub or shower is to eliminate moisture. Keep the shower curtain pulled back or the shower door open after you have taken a shower so that it can air dry and the mildew will not have time to thrive. Or dry the water with a clean dry towel as soon as you get out of the shower. This will prevent the mildew from coming back and will definitely allow you to relax and enjoy that long bubble bath or hot shower.