Get Mold, Mildew, and Soap Scum Out of Your Shower (June 26, 2001):
Heres how to
clean mold, mildew, and soap scum from the shower and keep it out! There
are three things that make your shower look bad. These are soap scum,
hard water build up, and mold & mildew. This means you need to use
several cleaners; one will not do it. First, get a good soap scum remover
and clean the shower with that, you can also use a heavy-duty cleaner
like 409 or Mr. Clean. Make sure you don't use a harsh abrasive cleaner,
because this will scratch the surface. Next, clean the shower with a lime
and calcium cleaner like Lime Away, CLR, or a cleaner with a mild acid.
Be very careful with these cleaners, they can burn the skin, eyes etc.
Do not let these cleaners sit on any chrome or brass finish on your valves
and drains, because they can ruin the finish. If you get them on any chrome
or brass rinse it off and don't let it sit.
Now that you have
all the soap scum and lime build up removed, lets work on the mold and
mildew. Take about a cup of bleach and mix it with about a gallon of water.
Be careful bleach will take color out so don't splash it around. Get it
in every crack and crevice to kill the mold and mildew. You can use a
spray bottle to get do this. You can also use a product like X14 mold
and mildew remover. Now leave the shower door or curtain open and let
it air out and dry. When it is good and dry, seal all the cracks with
a good tile and tub sealer. If you have ceramic tile in your shower area,
make sure you seal all the cracks with a good tile and tub sealer or new
grout. Then take a grout sealer with silicone and coat all the grout with
that. You can use a product like Thompsons Water Seal, which is
a silicone sealer. Make sure the grout is completely dry before sealing.
Now keep it looking this good! Your shower needs air. When you get done showering and you close the door or curtains you never let the shower dry out and it is a perfect place to grow mold and mildew. If you have sliding doors or a curtain, move them to the center and leave both ends open so air can circulate and dry out the shower. If you have a door, leave it open for several hours or all day while you are at work or all night when you are sleeping. Clean your shower weekly and seal the grout once or twice a year depending on how much you use it. The most important thing you can do is leave doors open and let it dry out everyday! If you need any of these products stop by Home Hardware!
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