3 Tips For Keeping Your Bathroom Free Of Mildew

by Diane Barnes

Nothing is quite as refreshing as a nice hot shower. But when your bathroom is coated in unattractive mildew, that hot shower starts to get a lot less appealing. Luckily, it may be simpler than you think to whip your bathroom back into shape. If you've been wondering how to battle that unsightly mildew, read on. This article will present three tips for a mildew free bathroom.

1. Ventilate your bathroom.

Mildew thrives on heat and moisture, which is one reason why bathrooms are so susceptible to mildew outbreaks. As the warm steamy air cools, water begins to condense on the walls and ceiling, providing prime conditions for mildew growth. Proper ventilation helps such moisture evaporate more quickly, thus reducing the chance of mildew outbreaks.

If your bathroom is equipped with an exhaust fan, be sure to switch it on before your shower, and leave it running for a while after you get out. If you don't have an exhaust fan, consider opening a window, and/or keeping the door cracked while you shower. This will help promote air flow and keep moisture from aggregating on the walls.

2. Keep your grout clean.

When it comes to looks, nothing beats ceramic tile walls in a bathroom. But while the tiles themselves are easy enough to keep clean, the grout between those tiles is a prime breeding ground for mildew. Grout is a highly porous material, and in a moist environment it tends to soak up water like a sponge. This makes grout an ideal breeding ground for mildew.

Luckily, grout isn't too hard to keep clean, if you act on a regular basis. Start by ditching those harsh chemicals, which over the years can dull the finish of your ceramic tile. Instead, pick up a jug of distilled white vinegar--a natural and highly effective mildew killer.

Just fill a spray bottle and give your ceramic tile a good soaking--the longer the better. If you find the smell too distracting, consider adding a few drops of essential oil to add a more pleasant aroma. After a few hours, scrub down the tiles with a nylon bristle brush, and then rinse them off with water. Voila, mildew exterminated! 

3. Sanitize your drains.

Even if you've thoroughly cleaned the ceramic tile in your bathroom, you may be frustrated to find that mildew begins appearing again before long. That's because mildew spores often have secret hiding places. One of the most common is inside of your shower and sink drains, where mildew often builds up in a gross black layer.

Periodically sanitizing your drains can do wonders to help keep your bathroom mildew free. Simply pour a small amount of bleach--or, if you prefer, vinegar--down the drain. To be even more thorough, soak an old toothbrush in bleach and use this to scrub out the inside of the drain.