5 Tips for Using a Mildew Remover

Because mildew and mold can cause allergic reactions, an effective mildew remover is a must for your home. Using mildew remover regularly will prevent the unsightly black patches on tile and around taps caused by this fungus. Learn more below about the best mildew removers for porous and non-porous surfaces, and 5 tips for using them effectively.

1. When to Use Mildew Remover

Use mildew remover regularly if you live in a humid climate, or if your bathroom just has a ceiling fan and vent, but not a window. Use it twice weekly in the bathroom after the last person has showered in the morning. If you find you have frequent occurrences of mildew in your bathroom, replace your shower curtain with a glass or fiberglass shower door. Mildew forms much less easily on these surfaces. Also use mildew remover in the kitchen under the sink and around the taps. Have your taps resealed or put in new washers if they are leaking. Every time you clean out your refrigerator, especially the vegetable crispers, clean them out with mildew remover too. Rinse the vegetable crispers out well with warm, then cold water before putting the vegetables back in.

2. Where to Use Mildew Remover

Use it in the bathroom, the kitchen, the laundry room, and anywhere that moisture remains unevaporated for any length of time. Use mildew remover at the start of every summer on your air conditioner filter before turning it on for the first time. Clean your refrigerator every 3 months with an effective mildew remover.

3. How to Use Mildew Remover

Several kinds of mildew remover preparations exist. They can be foaming aerosols, liquids in a spray form or that is diluted before using, automatic dispensers that attach to your shower head nozzle, or solid—like the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (TM). The foaming aerosols, sprays and solids are best for permeable tile, backsplashes, granite, marble, and porcelain surfaces and grout. Avoid using chlorine bleach-based mildew removers on porous tile and grout. They will remove surface mildew blots, but will also allow the mildew to penetrate into the material, forming stains that will never come off.

4. What are the Active Ingredients in Mildew Removers?

Chlorine bleach is often included in mildew removers, but it has limited effectiveness. Vinegar makes an inexpensive and nature-friendly mildew remover when diluted 50-50 with water. Tea tree oil at full strength or diluted at 50 percent is also effective as a bacteria and virus killer. It also works well on the fungus that creates mildew. Both vinegar and tea tree oil can penetrate porous surfaces to clean out mold and mildew more deeply. The Magic Eraser (TM) is made of specialized polymers that generate a mild foaming cleanser when the eraser is dampened with water.

5. Safety Tips

Always use any kind of mildew remover in a well-ventilated area. Turn on the shower fan while using mildew remover in the bathroom. Open the window in the kitchen or turn on the fan over the stove. Open the nearest exit door to the yard from the laundry room. Wear gloves and keep the mildew remover out of your eyes and away from your face.