How to get rid of mildew

By Tal | 2013-08-21

Mildew is a type of fungi that grows on damp surfaces such as bathroom walls and is caused by damp and humid conditions. Damp is particularly common in winter when it is cold and steam fills the bathroom and forms condensation on the tiles and grout.

To prevent mildew, keep the bathroom well ventilated and moisture-free. Ensure good airflow by opening windows after showering or taking a bath and if possible, fit an extractor fan in the ceiling.

Tiles and grout accumulate dirt in many different ways and bathroom tiles and kitchen splash backs can get pretty grimy from dirt and mildew.

In the bathroom, it's usually mildew that causes the grout to stain. In the kitchen it could be a combination of food stains, general household traffic, grime and mildew. Do not attempt to clean tiles and grout with an abrasive cleaner as this will damage the tiles and bathroom ware in the long run.

To clean grout spray or apply a general household cleaner, such as TAL Glint, onto a small area and scrub with a brush or cloth to remove the dirt. Scrubbing in small circles rather than straight up and down will remove more dirt and grime from the grout. Rinse well with clean water and mop up any remaining moisture with a sponge or cloth.

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TAL Glint contains a special blend of mild chemicals and detergents, designed to clean and shine ceramic tiles and to rejuvenate grout. It removes calcareous deposits, grease and soap residues and is ideal for use in areas such as the kitchen and bathroom.




  • Cleaning of tiles: Dilute TAL Glint up to 5 times with clean water to clean tiles
  • Cleaning of grout: Apply undiluted TAL Glint to the grout. Use a soft scrubbing brush to help remove the loosened dirt. Rinse the TAL Glint off with clean water.

For more helpful tips visit the DIY tab on TAL’s website.



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