Cleaning Stubborn Mildew From Shower Curtains

by maidinbastrop - March 19, 2018

broken white shower curtain

Stepping into the bathtub and noticing that your shower curtain is dotted with mildew can make your skin crawl. It’s bound to happen, even to the cleanest among us. The shower is hot and humid, making it the perfect climate for mildew to grow. It’s is an unsightly guest in your bathroom, and unfortunately, it keeps coming back uninvited.

If mildew goes unchecked it can become hazardous to your health, don’t let this happen to you. You’re not helpless! You can fight back, here’s how:

How to Remove Mildew from Plastic Shower Curtains

Many companies are selling mildew-resistant plastic shower curtains, however, you should take the word “resistant” with a grain of salt.  Claiming a shower curtain is “mildew-resistant” is like saying your iPhone is “water-resistant”.  Even if you buy a mildew-resistant shower curtain, more than likely you’ll end up dealing with it at some point.  Don’t fear, here are the steps to getting rid of that pesky mildew:

  1. Remove the shower curtain and fill the tub with warm water.
  2. Pour half a cup of bleach into the tub and soak the curtain in the mixture. Let it soak for a while.
  3. Run the shower curtain and a few towels through the washing machine with warm water, not hot. You don’t want to melt the curtain in the washing machine.
  4. Hang up the shower curtain back on the rod to dry. Done!

How to Remove Mildew from Cloth Shower Curtains

Just like the plastic curtains, companies also make mildew-resistant cloth curtains. Still, you should be suspicious to the validity of this claim.  Mildew has a sneaky way of showing up unannounced.  If it does, here’s what you can do:

  1. Pretreat mildew spots with stain remover, we recommend using “Shout.”
  2. Wash the curtain according to the instructions on the tag, if it is lined with plastic wash in warm water to avoid melting.
  3. Run it in the dryer on low heat unless directed otherwise. For curtains with plastic lining air dry outside.
  4. Hang the shower curtain back on the rod. Done!

How Often Should I Treat Shower Curtains for Mildew?

We recommend cleaning your shower curtains every one to two months so the mildew doesn’t get out of control.  Washing them more frequently would be ideal but every couple of months seems to be more manageable.  The bathroom climate is perfect for an increase in mildew growth, so sticking to a monthly cleaning will decrease your chances of excessive mildew.

Looking for more advice on bathroom cleaning? Look no further. We’ve got the tips you need to keep the bathroom and shower sparkling.

And if you ever find yourself needing extra help keeping your bathroom clean, then schedule Maid In Bastrop today!