The Shower Doctor explains How To Remove Mould and Mildew from a Shower

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Homeowners are well aware that mould and mildew can be a constant cleaning challenge in bathrooms and other damp areas of the home - The Shower Doctor advises on how to tackle it.

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Both are types of fungi that thrive in moist areas and when left untreated, give off an unpleasant, musty odour.

Mould and mildew will grow in the areas of a house that don't have good air circulation or tend to be dark, and indeed any places that stay warm and humid.

A spokesperson for The Shower Doctor, the UK's largest online retailer of showers and shower spares, said: "The best way to eliminate mould and mildew in your home is to change the environment. You can turn on your bathroom fan, open a window to let the fresh air in or run the air conditioning to decrease the humidity in damp rooms. Mould won't grow if the space is kept dry."

The Shower Doctor has put together a list of other tips for removing and preventing mould and mildew growth:

1)    Once you've turned off the shower head, wipe down the shower walls, door and shower head holder or other shower accessories that are wet.

2)    Leave the shower door or curtain open to facilitate better air circulation. Leave the door ajar until the interior of the shower is dry.

3)    Keep the bathroom lights on as mould and mildew prefer a dark environment. Growth will be discouraged if the area is bright.

4)    Reduce your use of body oils and remove soap scum from the shower walls on a regular basis. This type of residue can quickly build up and give mould and mildew a place to grow.

5)    For existing mould or mildew removal, a solution of one part chlorine bleach and one part water will do the trick. Spray the mixture onto the mould, wait a few minutes and then wipe or scrub to remove. If you'd rather not use bleach, the solution is equally as effective in killing mould spores if used with one part vinegar to one part water. Vinegar also has the additional benefit of reducing musty odours and is safe to be used on a regular basis. Some find that keeping a spray bottle with the 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water in the shower stall makes it very convenient to spray the walls after every use.

Removing mould and mildew from your shower is a fairly straightforward job, but it requires on-going maintenance for the effects to last.

To view the entire range of products available at The Shower Doctor, visit http://www.showerdoc.com.

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Kevin Thomson