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Killing the Mildew on Your Bathroom Tile

Killing the Mildew on Your Bathroom Tile By Sarah Clark
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

There are a variety of ways to rid your tile grout of mildew. Here are a few of the products that are most commonly used.

Mildew cleaner

There are many products on the market that are dedicated to removing mildew from bathroom tiles. While these products are usually effective, extra care must be taken when using them. Many contain chemicals that can irritate eyes or skin and can be harmful to people with respiratory problems. If you decide to use a product designed to kill mildew, use it with caution.

Household products

Two ingredients in just about every household--alcohol and hydrogen peroxide--can be used to remove mildew from bathroom tile. Apply one or the other directly to the tile grout with a spray bottle and let the solution soak into the grout for a few minutes before wiping it away with a sponge.

Bleach is another household product that can be very effective in removing mildew. But be careful; if you use bleach you'll need to dilute it with water (one part bleach to four parts water). Failure to dilute the bleach could result in damage to your tile grout. You'll also want to apply the bleach solution with a spray bottle.

Helpful Tips

Wear rubber gloves to protect your skin against harmful chemicals, especially when using dedicated tile mildew cleaners and bleach, both of which can irritate skin. When using these products it's also important to make sure that the bathroom is properly ventilated. Open windows and use a fan to prevent respiratory irritation.

Your tile grout should look just like new after employing one of these mildew-killing techniques. Try them all and find out which one works best for you.

About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Virginia.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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