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Mildew Tips

Shower Mold

Because it is wet and typically dark, the shower is the perfect breeding ground for mildew growth. Although removing the stubborn mildew can be aggravating, especially with commercial products aimed at the chore, choosing the correct method makes it much simpler. Combine one part bleach with four parts water, then mix this concoction with baking soda to form a paste. Spread the paste over the mildew on the shower wall and floor. After the paste is dry, use a sponge to scrub the paste and mildew out of the shower.

Bleach

Create a concentrated concoction of one part bleach to three parts water. Spray the mixture on the mildewed areas then scrub to remove mildew. Persistent mildew may require multiple applications of the bleach concentrate. When the mildew has been removed, clean the surface as normal.

Alcohol

Since alcohol is an antiseptic, it destroys the minuscule organisms that compose mildew. Pour rubbing alcohol onto a sponge and scour the spot. A sponge with a rough texture will be much more beneficial than the typical sponge utilized in the kitchen.

Vinegar

Because of its acidity, vinegar is greatly effective for the removal of mildew. Spray undiluted white distilled vinegar on to affected areas and allow the liquid to soak in. Use a rough texture sponge to scrub the spot. If the affected spot is on fabric, allow the vinegar to soak in to the fabric and hang to dry. Exposure to the sun will increase effectiveness. When the garment has had adequate drying time, rinse the vinegar with a damp wash cloth. Wash the fabric only after the fungus has vanished. Other acids, such as lemon juice, are effective for removing mildew.

Causes

Since mildew often stems from high indoor humidity caused by everyday activities, such as showering, cooking, and drying clothes, reducing humidity levels to 30 to 50 percent will reduce the threat of mildew. Maintain pipes throughout the house, especially those leading to toilets and bathtubs. The size of the affected area illustrates the cause of growth. A localized spot on a ceiling or wall indicates a water leak; a larger area, such as an entire wall or room signifies high humidity levels.

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