How to Remove Mold and Mildew Stains From Polyester Shower Curtains

Oftentimes, shower curtains come in different material, make and type – polyester being one of the most common. Given that shower curtains are in constant contact with water, they are predisposed to get stained, whether as a result of mold build up or due to mineral deposits that come from hard water. Polyester materials need special maintenance and care as they are made from delicate petroleum based fibers that may melt if exposed to extreme temperatures.

Shower curtains serves a variety of purposes in the bathroom, for example preventing water from splashing out when you are taking your shower, thus they become a breeding ground for the harmful as well as difficult to remove mold and mildew. Mildew is a kind of a mold that develops in dump environments, for instance on the frequently wet shower curtains. When mold spores, which more or less are always found in the air, land on humid surfaces, they instantly start to grow. Basically, synthetic materials such as polyester are mostly resistant to mold’s growth. However, if they get dirty or stained, mold and mildew now have a source of “food” and will start to grow immediately. Keeping the polyester curtains cleaned up normally helps prevent the mold from getting a surface to grow on. Once the mold has made its presence and has started to grow, it is advisable to clean it thoroughly so as to halt it from spreading out. Below are some steps to help remove the mold and mildew stains from your polyester shower curtains.

The first step is to take down the curtains from their rack and remove the hanger hooks from them. Take them outside or out to some open spaces and brush off the dried mold and mildew with an appropriate hard brush. When doing it, keep your face turned away from the curtains so as to prevent yourself from inhaling the harmful mold.

Next, launder the shower curtains using a suitable laundry detergent that can wash away the mold spores. It is recommended to use warm water when washing polyester curtains so as to ensure that they stay soft during the washing session. Add a cup of bleaching agent to remove the stubborn mold’s stains.

Then add a cup of white vinegar on the cold rinsing water in order to halt the bleach’s corrosive action that may not have stopped its effects. If you are using a washing machine, set it for a cold water rinse. The polyester curtain will almost be dry by the time the final machine spin has stopped. Remove it from the washing machine and dry it normally.

Your polyester shower curtains are now clean and you should prevent a new buildup of mildew or mold. So, how do you do this? After you are done with your shower, ensure that you vigorously shake the water off the shower curtains. After you are done with this, the shower curtains should be fully extended lengthwise on one side of the bathtub in order for it to get as much drying as possible through the larger exposed surface area. If your bathroom has a window in it, open it so as to reduce the moist air after taking a bath or a shower.

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  1. shay says:

    Great article! These are some great tips for keeping your shower curtain mold free. I recently started using vinegar and baking soda to clean in the bathroom and kitchen and I love it, especially when you add some good smelling oils. I also found the Air-it-Out Shower Hook on one of the cleaning forums, and have been using that for about 3 months now. It’s great because its way less cleaning to keep mold out, and I got a free shower curtain with it. It’s basically a suction cup device that keeps the curtain away from the tub so that it doesnt stick to it and get moldy.

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