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Get Rid of Bathroom Mildew for Good

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Get Rid of Bathroom Mildew for Good

What Causes Mildew in Bathrooms?

Mildew in bathrooms is caused by excess moisture. The humid environment of bathrooms allows mildew spores in the air to thrive.

The main culprits that contribute to bathroom mildew are:

  • Lack of ventilation – Bathrooms need proper ventilation to allow moisture to escape. Lack of exhaust fans or windows leads to dampness.

  • Steam from hot showers – Steam condenses on surfaces, allowing mildew spores to grow.

  • Leaks and flooding – Leaky plumbing and flooding provide ideal conditions for mildew.

  • Condensation on cold surfaces – When warm humid air meets cold surfaces like tiles and windows, condensation forms. This moisture allows mildew to flourish.

How to Prevent Mildew Growth

Here are some tips I use to prevent mildew growth in my bathroom:

  • Improve ventilation – I installed a high-powered exhaust fan that I run during and after showering for at least 30 minutes. This significantly reduces moisture.

  • Open windows – I keep the bathroom window open as much as possible to allow fresh air to circulate.

  • Insulate cold surfaces – I used insulation around my cold water pipes to reduce condensation.

  • Clean shower walls – I squeegee shower walls after each use to wipe away excess moisture.

  • Dehumidifier – I run a dehumidifier in the bathroom to maintain humidity below 50%.

  • Fix leaks – I fixed all plumbing leaks and ensure grout and caulk are intact to prevent water seepage.

How to Remove Existing Mildew

To remove existing mildew in my bathroom, I take the following steps:

  • Wear protective gear – gloves, goggles, and mask to avoid contact with mildew spores.

  • Clean surfaces with bleach-based mildew remover. Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.

  • Use a stiff brush to scrub affected grout lines and crevices.

  • Allow all surfaces to dry completely after cleaning.

  • Apply a mildew-resistant paint like Kilz over affected drywall and tile.

  • Replace mildew-stained caulk and grout.

  • Disinfect soft surfaces like shower curtains, rugs, and towels with bleach or tea tree oil cleaner.

  • Improve ventilation and moisture control.

Maintaining a Mildew-Free Bathroom

To keep my bathroom free of mildew, I stick to this maintenance routine:

  • Clean surfaces weekly with antibacterial cleaner. Pay special attention to grout and caulk.

  • Disinfect towels and mats in hot water regularly. Replace if stained.

  • Re-caulk and re-grout every year.

  • Repaint affected walls with mildew-resistant paint.

  • Dust ceiling corners and vents to remove spore accumulation.

  • Check for leaks and immediately fix drips, condensation, and seepage.

  • Ventilate well by running the exhaust fan and opening windows.

  • Limit moisture by taking shorter showers, venting steam, and controlling humidity.

Following these preventive steps and maintenance practices has allowed me to successfully keep mildew out of my bathroom. Consistency is key to preventing the recurring growth of this pesky invader. With proper moisture control and quick cleaning, I’ve been able to achieve a mildew-free bathroom.

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