You might think that the shower area, which gets daily doses of warm water, soap and shampoo, would remain naturally clean. This is not the case – in fact it is the furthest from reality. Mold, mildew, soap film and other stains mar the shower surfaces and curtain. If not cleaned constantly, they become the ideal habitat for mold and mildew.

Mold and mildew are both forms of fungus that grow where things are warm and moist. Ideal conditions for mold and mildew involve heat and relative humidity of 60% or more for several days in a row. Given moisture and a suitable surface, all that the mold and mildew need to sprout is a supply of food.

Here are some tips to help keep shower stalls or tub showers clean and free of mold and mildew:

– Clean your shower right after using it – simply wipe off the damp surfaces with a paper towel.
– Remove mildew from the grout between ceramic tiles by wetting the surface with water, then spraying them with a solution of 1 cup of bleach and 1 quart of water. Scrub the grout lines with an old toothbrush.
– Unless the care label indicates that a shower curtain is machine washable, wash it in the bathtub with warm water and detergent. Hang the curtain on its hooks to dry. If the curtain can be washed in a washing machine, put in two or three large towels to balance the load.
– Make sure your curtain is not touching the shower or bathtub floor. If the curtain is long, trim it from the bottom.
– Stretch out a wet shower curtain to dry after every shower. Creases and folds hold trapped water that provides the ideal climate for mildew and mold to form.

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