Can Someone Recommend a Good Mildew Remover?

frank1203July 6, 2009

Hi - I have some accumulated mildew in my shower stall (specifically on the grout in each of the corners where the tile meets the base). I have tried various cleaners, including brushing in cleanser with bleach, tilex, etc. but nothing seems to remove this inbetted black stain. Is there some product you can suggest that will work. Thanks.

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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

Sounds as if the mold is in behind the chalk and your tilex(etc) is not getting too it. You will need to remove the chalk and then clean and re - chalk, using a mildew resistant chalk.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 6:06AM
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If the black marks are mildew, chlorine bleach should remove it quickly. Try applying FULL STRENGTH, UNDILUTED Clorox -- use rubber gloves, and ventilate the room as much as possible. Let the bleach soak in for a few minutes. Then rinse and repeat if necessary.

If that doesn't work, try a hand grenade (just kidding!).

Good luck.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 10:39AM
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Hi - Thanks for your responses.. to try and answer some of the questions asked.

- I did use a mildew resistant caulk. In fact, about 6 months ago - I even removed the caulk and re-caulked. It went mildew free for about 3 months and then it started appearing again in almost the same areas.

- Chlorine bleach has not worked. I let it soak in for a while. I even tried using a Chlorox Bleach pen. Nothing works. The hand grenade is my next idea!

Any other suggestions. I would have to think that there is some over the counter product that could work.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 11:58AM
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I'd suggest taking a small amount of toilet tissue or paper towel and saturating it with full strength bleach. Place that over the offending area and wait 15-30 minutes.

Since the mildew appeared in the same areas that might indicate you didn't clean up the old stuff sufficiently when you re-caulked.

You might also take a look at your bathroom ventilation. If you don't have a fan, add one. If you do, add a timer to ensure it runs for 15 minutes after you are done showering.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 12:58PM
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Put a solution of 1:1 (50% to 50%) water and chlorine bleach in a spray bottle.

Throughly saturate the area with the solution and leave overnight.

The mold/mildew will be completely gone by morning.

Repeat weekly and you'll have no further problems.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 10:46PM
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Diluted bleach is actually better than undiluted.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2009 at 2:06PM
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