Bathroom Cleaning – Mildew Stains in Tubs and Showers

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Christine Merrilees with Merry Maids teaches us how to remove bathroom stains. This video will focus on mildew stains in tubs and showers.

    Christine: Hi! I am Christine with Merry Maids and today I am teaching you how to remove bathroom stains. Mildew thrives in the damp environment of a bathroom and once it's in place it will be difficult to remove. So be prepared to spend some time on it. Okay, let's get started.

    First, for safety place a dry cloth at your feet. So when the surface becomes wet you don't get too slippery. Notice we have two mildew stains, we have the greenish-brown, and then if we move down here we have this pink and almost orange colored mould which is created by leaving a metal can though moisture is trapped underneath and then becomes to discolor that route.

    Before we start with the product, I want to just try hot water and a grout brush and see what we can remove. You want to try remove as much as you can with the tough bristles of the brush. Okay, I was not able to remove all of this discoloration but let's try the stain down closer to bucket.

    Okay, we have had more success with this stain but there is still a little discoloration. I am going to mix three quarters of a cup of chlorine bleach with about a gallon of hot water. When working with bleach make sure you are wearing protective gloves, eyewear and you are in a well-ventilated room.

    If you prefer a greener solution, if you have a problem and sensitivity to the smell of the chlorine bleach or if you have a septic tank you want to use the oxygen bleach. Because we are using the oxygen bleach for the purpose of this demonstration I will not be wearing a protective eyewear.

    Also because we are using oxygen bleach I do not need to dilute it first. I am going to pour the bleach into the bucket and I am going to again try with my grout brush. We are having better luck with the bleach.

    If you need to cover a larger surface area try a scrub brush. You will notice the stain coming right off. Let's try that lower stain. Because I am working with a smaller area I am going to use that grout brush.

    The bleach did a great job removing the stain from that area, but if you noticed I had a difficult time reaching that corner spot because of the brush and bristles. As an idea use a cotton pad or a cotton ball. Saturate it into the bucket of bleach and place it in the corner allowing the saturated cotton ball to come into contact with the mildew will make for an easy cleanup.

    If you have stubborn mildew stains on the vertical you can also take a paper-towel saturated in the bucket and then place it across the wall allow it to dry and then when you remove it, it will for a nice easy wipe down also.

    Keep in mind that if the mildew has penetrated the grout the only way to remove it will be to remove and then replace the grout. A great way to keep up on maintenance in the showers and tubs is to completely dry them out when finished using them. It takes just a few minutes but it will really cut back on maintenance.

    I hope these tips will help you tackle mildew in your bathrooms. Next we will discuss soap scum.