Preventing Mildew Stains on Your Fiberglass Shower Floors
Fiberglass shower floors look filthy when mildew starts to grow. Try some of the methods below to stop mildew from staining the fiberglass shower floors.
Maximize Natural Ventilation
Ventilation helps the floor dry quickly after a shower. Open the windows during or after a shower. Open the door as well, to improve air circulation inside the room. If there are not any shower windows, leave the door open after each use and provide sufficient ventilation.
Install an Exhaust Fan
A shower exhaust provides artificial ventilation in shower rooms that do not get enough air circulation. An exhaust fan can be installed as part of the light fixture, or it can be installed separately. Run the fan during and after taking a shower. Be sure to turn it off when the floors and walls are dry to save energy costs.
Install a Dehumidifier
Shower dehumidifiers remove the moisture from the room and prevent mildew from growing. If exhaust fans or natural ventilation are not enough to dry the floor, a dehumidifier is a good investment.
Clean the Floors Regularly
Mop the floor dry or clean it with a mild detergent and sponge every time it gets dirty. Mildew cannot thrive on clean, dry floors. If the floor always has dirt or debris, the moisture may not escape easily, providing the nasty organisms with a sustainable environment to live in.
Make it a routine to mop the floor dry each use. If the floor gets dirty, flush the dirt away with water immediately, or mop it with a damp mop. Remove hair and debris from the floor to avoid trapping moisture. If the floor gets really dull and dirty, clean it with vinegar and baking soda. Scrub the paste evenly onto the surface and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing away the remaining residue.
Always Clean the Drain
The drain grid attracts mold and mildew. Clean it with vinegar. Pour the vinegar on the drain surfaces and scrub it clean. Add a solution of baking soda and water afterwards. Pour it down the drain to neutralize the effect of the acid. The baking soda will also eliminate any foul smells. Rinse the drain clean with water.
Remove Any Trace of Mildew as Soon as Possible
If the floor begins to develop mildew stains, address the issue right away. Mix oxygen bleach solution in a bucket and pour it over the entire floor. Scrub the floor after 10 minutes using a light abrasive sponge. Rinse the throughly bleach with water.