12/28/2009

How To Prevent Mold, Mildew and Soap Scum From Ever Coming Back

Posted in housecleaning tips, How To, speed cleaning tagged , , , , , , , , , at 9:32 pm by cleaningproz

So you’ve done all the really hard and nasty work of removing all those growing, spreading things in your shower: the soap scum (ugh!) and the mildew (double ugh!!), and frankly, you’d be perfectly happy not to ever do it again. Right? Well, it’s not only possible to banish those enemies forever, but it’s actually easy to prevent mildew and soap scum from every coming back.

The easiest method is, of course, to hire a housekeeper–that would surely be our suggestion–but there are DIY methods that are almost as easy. Read on.

Preventing Mildew

Mildew is a pink, brown or black mold that grows in any dark, warm, moist environment. So how do we prevent it? By making our bathroom a light, cool, dry environment!

  • Leave your bathroom lights on before, during and after you take a shower or bath.
  • Turn on the fan, open a window so the air circulates.
  • Keep the bathroom as dry as possible.
  • Do a wipe down of the tile with a squeegee, chamois or microfiber cloth.
  • Open the shower door or spread the shower curtain out over the shower rod. (If you have a shower curtain that is already stained with mildew, replace it with a mildew resistant one. They really do work!)
  • Spread towels out to dry; pick up any clothing from the floor.

Preventing Soap Scum

The easiest way to prevent soap scum is to stop using soap!

  • Start using a shower gel or liquid body wash instead of bar soap.
  • If you can’t give up the bar, switch to Zest (I read it’s the only bar soap the Navy allows, so that should give us a hint) or try Dove which also advertises no soap scum.
  • There are literally dozens of daily shower cleaning sprays available. Our favorite is Method since is non-toxic, biodegradable and it works as well as the chemical-based cleaners. Arm and Hammer also makes an excellent product. All you need to do is spray the entire shower area while it’s still wet. You can spray the shower curtain or door as well. If you do this consistently (and, really, is it so hard?) your mildew and soap scum will be gone forever. You can also find recipes online to make your own shower cleaning spray.
  • Don’t want to use a commercial shower cleaning spray? You’ll find recipes online to make your own.
  • But if even that is too much trouble or you’re likely to forget, try the ultimate is self-cleaning showers: Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner. Just press a button and walk away. It cleans every nook and cranny except the floor (it would make it too slippery). Now that’s the next-best-thing to maid service!
  • Preventing the Ring Around the Tub

    • If your water is fairly soft, all you may need to do is run a scrubby pad around the ring area as the water is draining. Kids love to do this.
    • For harder water, sprinkle a little Epsom salts (available at your pharmacy) or Calgon Water Softener. Many bubble baths also eliminate bath tub ring.
    • And as above, you can change your brand of bar soap or use a liquid body wash.

    There are plenty of other ways to prevent mildew and soap scum from coming back. What’s worked for you? What comments and or questions do you have. Please share.

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    22 Comments »

    1. The problem we have with mildew is exasperated due to having no ventilation in the bathroom. I try to keep it dry as possible, but my kids (being kids) always insist on splashing half of the bath water onto the floor.

    2. A very practical advice indeed..and it helps if we do this after every use of the bathroom, the more frequent the less cleaning it needs.

    3. I use baking soda and vinegar in cleaning my bathroom. I don’t worry about my bathroom smelling like salad since the smell will eventually go away. All natural!

    4. Becky said,

      Brilliant, I didn’t think about the leaving the lights on after taking a shower, and I am embarrassed to admit that I didn’t even know there WERE mildew resistant shower curtains. I think I will recommend this to my clients, as it will keep me from having to do so much work! :-)

      Becky

    5. Brilliant knowledge of subject area.

    6. Very essential tips…the bathroom floor should not be left wet or even damp then it will cause such problems…I have therefore fixed a ceiling fan with an exhaust in the bathroom.

    7. This is a great article. Keep up the good work!

    8. John Castro said,

      Very good advice on your blog.
      We all know it takes water, warmth, moisture and something for the bugs to snack on. It doesn’t take long before they take over the bathroom and don’t want to leave.
      If mold and mildew gets out of control, it can make a person frustrated and angry. In a worst case scenario, they can get sick. To save time, money and their health, a professional should be called.

      We provide Maid and House Cleaning Services in San Diego North County.

      Keep up the good work.

      Sincerely,

      John
      Webmaster for Dutch Touch, Inc.
      Dutch Touch Maids

    9. I like the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner. With just a press of a button, everything is done! Nothing to worry about. Nothing more to do.

    10. 7 blade ceiling fans have much better performance compared to those three bladed fans ,;:

    11. Wonderful article to prevent molds and mildew! Well, I got a dehumidifier and I can say that it is really one of the best and most effective way to prevent and remove moisture in the air that produces the molds! And I recommend this as well to my friends.

    12. Ralph said,

      These are some pretty good tips, I try most of them myself with good results also HG mould spray works wonders.

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    14. Very helpful tips indeed. Thank you for sharing

    15. Baking soda is the best for cleaning. All natural, safe for everyone.
      Especially for the people around the house.

    16. Nick said,

      To prevent stains and other nastiness in the bathroom since ( i have a porcelin sink) I’ve polished it with turtle wax. it has worked great for keeping things clean and has almost a water repelling quality to it. Has any one tried this on tile or the sides of their tub, wouldi t be a good idea to try it?

      • cleaningproz said,

        Hmmmm…. This sounds like a good idea at least for the sides of the tub. I don’t know about using it on the tile grout, but I bet any tile dealer could advise you. Let us know if it works!

    17. Mike said,

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