Bathroom surfaces, especially tile and grout located in or near your shower or tub, are common breeding grounds for mildew. This is largely because these surfaces are warm, moist and exposed to
light often. While you may want to treat mildew quickly because it’s unsightly, it’s important to treat mildew fast because it can spread and cause mold to grow on your bathroom’s surfaces.
Like its grown-up counterpart, mold, mildew can cause allergies, respiratory problems and more serious health issues that have the potential to affect your nervous system. If you suspect a mold issue, please contact the leasing office right away.
Tips for Treating Mildew With White Vinegar and Baking Soda
Luckily, treating mildew with some common household items is normally a pretty quick and easy task. If you’ve noticed mildew in your bathroom, you can typically get rid of it using some white vinegar and baking soda. To do this, fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, spray the areas that are covered with mildew and let the white vinegar sit for a few hours.
Once the vinegar has sat for a couple of hours, use a moist cloth to scrub the mildew off of broad areas and a toothbrush to remove it from hard-to-reach spaces like corners. When you’re done, rinse the entire area with water.
If any mildew still remains, make a paste that consists of three-parts baking soda and one-part water. Apply the paste to any remaining mildew and spray the affected areas with more white vinegar. Use a bristled brush to scour the area, and then rinse off any residual paste. If mildew is still present, use more paste and vinegar to treat the affected area again until the mildew is gone.
More Drastic Measures for Treating Mildew
If mildew still persists even after you’ve treated your bathroom’s surfaces repeatedly with white vinegar and baking soda, it’s time to take more drastic measures to eradicate the mildew. You can start by putting some hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle, spraying the remaining mildew and scrubbing the treated area.
When hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar are combined, the results can be toxic. For this reason, it’s critical to exercise extreme caution and avoid combining these things or using the same spray bottle to treat mildew with white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
If hydrogen peroxide isn’t enough to rid your bathroom of persistent mildew, you can treat the affected areas with a solution of bleach and water. This solution should be 75 percent water and 25 percent bleach. Just like you shouldn’t combine hydrogen peroxide with white vinegar, avoid combining bleach with other cleaning agents. You’ll also want to put on protective gloves before you treat the mildew in your bathroom with your bleach/water solution.
Mildew is generally pretty easy to treat. If you have any tips for treating mildew with common household items, we encourage you to share them in the comments section below!