Okay, so I've let my shower go far too long without a proper
cleaning, and now I have very thick mildew in the corners around
the bottom. It's a ceramic shower (walls and floor).
What's really the best thing for eliminating all this thick mildew
I know bleach is good, but there is literally no ventilation in
Thanks in advance,
Once you remove the mildew by scrubbing and using a bleach solution, you
will need to establish some ventilation. You can use a small fan if you
can't open a window. I think that even with the best effort, you will have
a little mildew to deal with. I use an after shower spray and that helps a
lot. About twice a year I still have to spot treat some areas.
Add a fan that vents to the outdoors or install a window. If you
already have a bathroom fan, replace it with a stronger one and put a
30 minute auto-shutoff timer on the switch. Dry the shower after use
(I use a squeegee and an old towel). If you do these things, I doubt
mold or mildew will be a problem.
I suggest you start by applying paper towels well-soaked in vinegar to
the mildewed areas, and leave them a couple of hours to kill off a good
part of the mildew, and then a scrubby-sponge and a little detergent
to remove most of the muck. Then see if a mildew-cleaning bathroom
cleaner can handle the remainder. Vinegar may not be the most pleasant
smell, but it's nowhere near as bad as full strength bleach fumes.
I did find that ZAP cleaner lived up to its TV promises to whiten
particularly nasty mildewed bathtub tile when I moved into my previous
apartment, but its are fumes as nearly as bad as bleach, so I wouldn't
suggest using it without ventilation.
Most places I ever lived had health codes requiring either a window
or a ventilation fan in all bathrooms. You should see about getting
a ceiling fan installed.
If there's literally no ventillation you'll have worse problems than
A paste of baking soda and chlorine bleach will remove some tough mildew
stains. Let it sit.
If you scrub mildew with a mixture of bleach and water, add a tablespoon
of baking soda for each tablespoon of bleach. It's effective for
cleaning and killing microbes but easier on the skin and nose.
Water with a little ammonia and a little borax can remove mildew. If
it's not rinsed away, the trace of borax that remains will inhibit
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