removing black mold from shower curtain
I got a new polyester curtain from Linens & Things about four months ago.
I notice last weekend that that reddish algae -- or whatever that reddish gunk is -- had started to colonize the area around the hem. I took it down to wash it and discovered a small patch of black mold (ick!) as well.
I sprayed the hem with Zout (I figured the extra surfactants would help loosen the gunk), set the Miele to 180 degrees F, and washed on the long Cotton cycle in Mexican-made Ariel OxyAzul. I hesitated to crank the machine's temperature to its highest setting for fear it would melt the plastic suction cups sewn into the side of the curtain.
The curtain is sparkly white, reddish stuff is definitely gone, but the black mold stain remains. Is the stain there permanently? And did the 180 degree bath in the detergent likely kill everything?