DIY Bathroom Mildew Removal
In this article I’m going to talk about removing mildew stains in your bathroom. Don’t worry if you have a small amount of mildew in your home. Many homeowners face trouble with mildew. Most of us will encounter it during our lives, and the bathroom just so happens to be one of the suspect areas.
Mildew loves the damp environment found in bathrooms. The trouble with mildew is that once it’s visible, it’s often hard to remove. Take some time out of your schedule, follow these tips, and get ready to remove that mildew.
The first thing you should do is lay a dry towel down on the bathroom floor. This will help prevent you from slipping if the floor gets too wet.
The next thing to do is to identify the areas affected by mildew. In my own experiences, I’ve often found mildew behind the sink and toilet, and on the tile grout. You’ll likely find more than one type of mould or mildew. If the mildew covers a large area you should consider getting in professionals. Mould and mildew can be dangerous when not removed properly.
In my own bathroom I found mildew beneath a mop bucket which had seen infrequent use. It had a pinkish colour and only covered a small area. I also found mildew behind the sink, where I suspect water had leaked down. This mildew had a more brownish/green colour to it. Whatever the type or colour of mildew you may have in your bathroom, the tips below will help you to remove them.
Start With Some Hot Water
Before reaching for the strong bleaches and cleaning products, pour some hot water into a clean bucket and grab yourself a grout brush. Using the grout brush and water, try to remove as much of the mildew as possible. If the mildew has been present for some time, you may find it quite tricky to remove all the stains. If this is the case, you will have to move onto using a stronger product.
Move onto a Chlorine-based Bleach
Remove the water from your bucket and fill it with a gallon of clean, hot water. Then, carefully pour 3/4 cup of chlorine-based bleach into the bucket. You should always wear protective gloves when working with bleach products. Also ensure that the room you are working in is well-ventilated and is getting plenty of fresh air. I also recommend wearing a dusk mask and eye protection. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
If you are sensitive to chlorine-based bleaches, consider using oxygen based bleach instead. If you do use oxygen based bleach, you won’t be required to dilute it beforehand.
Again, using your grout brush, dip it into the bleach mixture and start scrubbing the affected areas. Don’t be afraid to use a bit of elbow grease. You should find that the mildew can be removed much easier with the bleach mixture.
If you need to scrub down a fairly large area, consider using a scrub brush instead of a grout brush. Use the same method as before with the grout brush. It’ll save you some time using a scrub brush instead of the grout brush.
Tackling the Tricky Areas
Areas such as corners and behind radiators can be particularly tricky. You’ll probably not be able to use a grout brush to successfully remove mildew in these areas. Instead, grab a cotton ball and dip it into your bleach solution (wearing protective gloves of course). Then place the cotton ball in the corner. Remove the cotton ball after a minute and the mildew should be easy to wipe straight off.
If you want to remove mildew from behind radiators use the same method, but instead, replace the cotton buds with paper towels. The mildew should come right off using a damp towel.
Your bathroom should now look clean and fresh, and be free from mildew. Keep in mind that this will not be permanent if you have not first tackled what is causing the mildew. Using an extractor fan and keeping the door open after showering can greatly reduce mould and mildew build up.
I hope this article has helped you on your quest to a mildew free bathroom.