Seek expertise re: rubber bath mat mildew

jallyMay 7, 2012

To anyone experienced in this matter:

I had finally found a bathtub mat which is both cushiony-comfortable & skid-resistant suction cups for geriatric mom's baths in slippery tub. (I'm talking VERY slippery tub, and no choice for other bath accommodations - long story).

The bath mat I settled for is the Eurotile rubber bath mat, but mildew gathers on it after awhile.

Would either Arm & Hammer Oxi liquid detergent help remove the mildew, or else some sort of peroxide solution? I'm talking about immersing/soaking it awhile in the solution.


..(what ratio of water to add to either solution?

.....and how hot should the added water be?)

I prefer to avoid bleach since it's overwhelmingly strong, thus undesirable, and that's aside from this bleach-mold-myth site.

Also worried re: residues, since the cleaning woman isn't so perfectionist.

P.S. just so you know, I also tried (and still have) the popular Rubbermaid Mildew Resistant Mat but the latter had several disadvantages:

(1) its large suction cups felt sorta bumpy compared to the cushiony-comfortable Eurotile mat

(2) difficult to attach & remove (for draping over tub rail) due to its large suction cups. The Eurotile is much easier to attach & remove, even while it offers the same degree of both skid resistance & adherence-to-tub.

btw, if i someday get hold of a pressure washer & hose, i might try that. But meanwhile, the above questions remain open, and thanks to anyone who can offer experienced advice.

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Someone wrote a review on that mat on the Bed Bath and Beyond website. if you haven't already, for mildew removal, the review suggested sprinkling scouring powder and gently using a brush on the crevices. Worst case basis, get a new mat. Question: Did the mat get mildew despite hanging after every use?

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 11:57AM
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Ha, that review was my own!! (albeit perhaps another pen name)
such are the quirks of the www, that you often get the same mimicked info, where people wind up quoting your own stuff back to you.
(I'm sure it's happened to me before..)

...and btw, i was very frustrated that the BedBath guys didn't enable people to edit, otherwise I'd have edited it to say that soaking in bleach is a much much easier solution.

But bleach is overwhelming (also see my OP for more re: that option.

So once again, can someone please advise
...based on experience, rather than the www?
(note the emphasis on expertise in my OP)

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 12:34PM
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I went to the bleach-mold-myth site and that site is aimed at mold remediation on drywall and other porous surfaces. Your mat is not porous.

Personally, I would improve the ventilation in the bathroom and use a mild bleach solution in a spray bottle - maybe 1 part bleach to 9 parts water and lightly spray the mat after use.

Did you try the recipe for boric acid, hydrogen peroxide and water/vinegar suggested on the mold website?

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 9:28AM
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Hi there, graywings, actually, I didn't, since I was too busy printing out the main page, as well as busy with a handyman doing odd jobs around here.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention, and for the suggestion!

I was going to try Arm & Hammer +Oxi Scum-Spray (just purchased) as well as . I noted that the scum-spray barely made a dent on my own sinks & tub, and I detest the heavy lemongrassy odor

So now i'm thinking either the scum spray done outside with suction cups facing up, then tons of water dumped on it to rid the smell.

Then next attempt:
a crystal burst pak inside a painters pail (anything taller??) with water added. Then roll up the bathmat & dunk inside for awhile, followed by flipping the roll over for treatment on the other side, due to shortness of pail.

Then next attempt:
A vinegar/water solution inside spray bottle (what ratio?
Bleach solution inside painters pail?

The aforesaid article stating boric-acid is too hard for me. I want to try simpler first. BTW, thanks again - you're amazing - so often coming to the rescue!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 6:33PM
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You could soak it in the bathtub filled with 2 or 3 inches of water and cleaning solution or the clothes washer with some towels, or run it through the dishwasher.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 10:25PM
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I've had a problem with our mat getting mildew. Now after our bath or shower, I just hang it up to air dry. I haven't had any problems with mildew.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 11:30AM
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