I've got black mildew stains on the grout and a couple other places in
my bathroom over the bathtub. Tilex isn't removing them.
Is there something better I can use?
Is X-14 really better than Tilex, or is it the same stuff?
Thanks in advance!
Scrubbing Bubbles is the best product I have found for the tiled shower,
and I use it for cleaning fronts of cabinets in kitchen:o) I also
occas. use a window mop with strong bleach to clean and then rinse the
shower - don't have to get wet using that. I have tried Tilex, CLR,
straight bleach, etc. For grout to be free of mildew, you need to clean
off the crud it feeds on, like soap scum - used a razor blade scraper
half-way into my regrouting when I kept smelling soap. Matte glazed tile
made it hard to see the soap scum, but there was a lot of it. I keep my
shower curtain open a bit on both sides after showering, which seems to
help. I eventually regrouted my shower, after grinding out the old
grout, and being a weakling, didn't get grout lines filled in a couple
of places; that seems to encourage mildew, but not extreme, probably
because the little pockets hold some water. If there is black, yucky
caulking, it should be removed and the area ABSOLUTELY CLEAN and wiped
with f.s. bleach before redoing the caulk. Another problem area of our
shower is the middle of the floor - it is about 40 y.o. and is difficult
to get real clean. Most likely that is because the glaze on the tile
has worn somewhat.
Tilex mildew formula is bleach and lye. It should have a long shelf
life, but the high pH makes it harsh to work with and limits its efficiency.
X-14 is bleach and washing soda. It should be more effective and less
harsh than bleach and lye, but it would go bad sooner on the shelf.
There's something cheaper, milder to work with, and more effective:
equal parts bleach and baking soda in water. You mix a little when you
need it because its shelf life is in hours.
If you have a bad stain, a paste of baking soda and bleach should remove it.
Another approach uses borax in water. You can't dissolve much borax in
water, but a little goes a long way. Adding a little vinegar or ammonia
to the borax solution can help it clean better. If you clean with borax
and don't rinse, you may find that it's a long time before mildew will
grow there again.
Is it possible a sealer is keeping the tilex away from the mold,
household bleach[ sodium hypochlorate] does its alot cheaper and
works. You pay 10x as much for tilex and its no better, if bleach wont
do it I can only guess its been sealed with some type of sealer. The
active ingrediant of bleach is what many other products use, but you
overpay for them.
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