How to clean a mildew shower?

I can’t even start to describe how much I hate those mildew patches in my shower. I don’t care if these are mildewed or molded areas, I just don’t want them in my bathroom. Yes, I know it is easy to get rid of those using the methods below but I’m also going to tell you how to make sure  It won’t come back.

If you are just looking for to quickly get rid of the mildew here are the steps :

  1. Get hold of mildew removal solution. The best are vinegar, Borax or Bleach. The latter is the most effective one but I suggest to start with the more natural solution and avoid the toxic fumes (see a list of environment-friendly solutions).
  2. Spray or wash the affected areas with the solution. Make sure you form a generous coat and the liquid cover both the tiles and grout on the lower parts of the shower or the infected ceiling area and corners. Pay special attention to all the small crevices, corners and cracks as those as really favored by the mildew.
  3. Let it dwell for 10-15 minutes. Assuming it is not the low tiles on your shower or the ceiling corner it is better to let the solution work for few minutes and make sure it is penetrating all the holes.
  4. Scrub all the mildew. Don’t be shy here scrub as hard as you can and make sure nothing left behind. Use a rough wipe or a toothbrush for the stubborn areas, the grout, and caulking. Remember that these are living fungus that needs to be killed and removed.
  5. Dry all leftovers. Use a cloth, an old towel or anything that you don’t really need (especially if you chose to go with the bleach option). Make sure to leave the treated tiles and walls as dry as possible.

These 4 steps will work in most cases. If you see that you failed then you probably need more advanced mildew and mold removal techniques

But first let’s understand what is mildew and why does it form in our bathroom

Why do I have mildew in showers?

In one word: moist.

Mildew is a living organism that flourishes in a wet environment. Their role in the environment is clear and we need it in order to help organic material decay. The problem is that this quality is also the one damaging our rooms and walls the fungus do not really make a difference between a leafs and grout, they just eat it all.

So what does mildew needs in order to form? Organic material and water (in any form). Theoretically speaking mildew start to form within 24-48 hours in a damp environment. Once formed they keep on spreading the colony while damaging the materials they grow on. Most organic materials are in risk to be attacked by the mold, the usual suspects are:

Insulation, wallpaper, drywall, foods, tiles, carpets, decaying plants, cardboard etc.

It is important to understand that as long as the two resources will be available the mildew will keep on propagate to adjacent material. In general, one needs to remove the source of the moist and kill/remove the fungus. Yet this is not a real option in a shower room… which leave us with removal and prevention.

Black mold patches on white drywall

Is it toxic and dangerous to your health?

On a day to day basis, we are all exposed to airborne mold spores and it’s all fine. Problems occur in one of the special cases:

  • Consumption of  high quantities
  • A sensitive or allergic person
  • individuals with existing respiratory conditions

The symptoms are very similar to an allergic reaction you are familiar with (sneezing, rush, eye irritation, etc.).

Unless we are dealing with a toxic black mold (Stachybotrys atra). How do you identify these malicious creatures? It doesn’t matter! If you really want to you can read about it in the Wikipedia link but the rule is that all mold and mildew need to be removed.

Advanced mildew cleaning techniques

So the bleach solution didn’t make it ha?

The safest solution will be to call an expert mold removal service that will make sure to professionally get rid of it all. They usually have the right tools to detect the source of water feeding the mold