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Mold problem in bathroom. How to best prevent?

We are renters with a nice but somewhat slow-to-act landlord. We have a 700 sqft apartment that has one bathroom with one window but no exhaust fan. Even though we live in SoCal (dry and warm all year) and open the window and door after showering, we still get grayish-black mold growing on the ceilings and grout, and sometimes in the garbage can. We get rid of it with bleach but it always comes back. Will installing a window fan that exhausts air out (either twin or single) help this at all? Or is that a waste of money?
posted by emily37 on Jul 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Monitoring mycotoxins in the home

Is there a way for a homeowner to monitor mildew, mold and/or mycotoxin levels in a room?
posted by retiree on Jun 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Cleaning mould from curtains with several constraints

I need to clean a bunch of white curtains with black mildew spots. They all have plastic rings sewed on for hanging and no tags to show what material they're made from, but they look like a cotton blend. I don't have a washing machine (I bring clothes to a laundrette) and have serious space limitations (no room to air dry, unless *absolutely* necessary). What is the best approach to cleaning these things? Will a dryer melt the plastic rings? Will a hot wash damage the curtains? Is dry cleaning an option? Thanks!
posted by hannahlambda on Apr 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Window condensation and mold: How to nuke it from orbit?

My Portland, OR area condo has condensation inside the windows that causes recurring mold growth. Please help me remedy this. Pic and many details inside. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Feb 25, 2014 - 25 answers

Is my San Francisco bathroom required to have an exhaust fan?

SF renter here. The bathroom in my apartment has a window but no fan. The window opens onto an outdoor space that gets little breeze. Recently in the humid weather, my shower has began to smell like mildew even though I've scrubbed it down. This SFGate article says SF bathrooms with showers or tubs are required to have a mechanical fan. Is this only for newly-built houses or does this apply to all homes? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Feb 24, 2014 - 7 answers

What are these stains on my pillow covers?

I have blue stains on my new pillowcases, and I'm scared it could be mildew. But I don't understand how it could have got there so fast, and I don't know what to do now. Can anyone confirm what it is, and give me ideas for what to try next? [more inside]
posted by jlibera on Nov 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Help identify a musty smell in a bathroom?

Our small main floor 2-piece bathroom has had a musty smell for the last couple of months. We can't seem to identify the source and aside from the smell there is no sign that anything is wrong. We had a plumber in and he spotted a very small amount of (orangy coloured) mould inside the toilet tank, but even after cleaning that up with MoldEx the smell has not abated. What could it be? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Oct 29, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I get mildew smell/mildew out of paper?

Our firesafe and everything in it smells like mildew. I'm not exactly sure why, I'm not seeing visible signs of mold. But I know a few older documents went in there smelling musty. It's gross, and many of the documents are important stuff that would be difficult/expensive and in some cases impossible to replace. So what can I do? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Aug 13, 2013 - 7 answers

How to keep mildew at bay?

Is there a best practice for keeping my walls free of mildew? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Jun 24, 2013 - 7 answers

What has gone wrong with my squash, cucumbers, and peas?

Oh no! My winter squash, cucumbers, and peas are failing. Can anybody tell me why and what, if anything, I can do about it? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Hot air heater for a cold damp bathroom?

Can anyone recommend a sub $100 heater for a bathroom? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Sep 29, 2012 - 14 answers

De-stinkify canvas

How can I de-stink these canvases? [more inside]
posted by at the crossroads on Sep 23, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I set up a mildew-free workout space in my unfinished basement?

I want to use my unfinished basement as a workout space and have laid down some interlocking foam tiles on the bare concrete floor. However, the floor under the tiles has started showing mildew after a few weeks in place. How can I set up a comfortable workout space in a typically humid but not wet basement without having to lift the tiles every couple of months to scrub out the mildew? [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts on Feb 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Mold? Mildew? Fungus? Pod Person?

Name That Infestation-Filter! What's growing on my in-laws' wall? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Eww, mold/mildew in my shoes! Please help!

Ewww, my summer sandals (technically a water shoe) have visible mildew or mold in them! Help me fix this. Plus, now I'm paranoid about all my shoes and I physically can't smell. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on Jan 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Does my bathroom need a fan?

Does my bathroom need to have a fan? [more inside]
posted by sarae on Oct 30, 2011 - 13 answers

It's not all in my head!

There is a mold or mildew problem under the kitchen sink in my new apartment. My allergies are a curse that cause me to detect smells that normal people can't, and my landlord can't smell it and thinks I might be crazy. [more inside]
posted by Dilemma on Sep 28, 2011 - 7 answers

out on a line

Laundry intervention! Washed clothes, but no dryer and no space to line-dry...how can I make it so my clothes are minimally wrinkled and mildewy in the morning? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Sep 18, 2011 - 19 answers

Why won't my paint stay attached to the wall?

I need to repaint a section of damaged-and-repaired sheetrock above my shower, but I can't seem to get the primer (Killz, anti-fungal and water-based) to stick. It goes on okay, but peels away at a touch. [more inside]
posted by pla on Sep 10, 2011 - 8 answers

How to get rid of mildew in my bag?

My garment bag reeks like mildew and I need to put a suit in it for a trip on Tuesday. There are no same day cleaners near by. What should I do?
posted by mizrachi on Jul 31, 2011 - 16 answers

How to mask a mildew smell

How can I mask a mildew smell completely for a day or two? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Mar 17, 2011 - 29 answers

Not exactly the menage-a-trois we were hoping for

Mold or mildew have gotten into bed with us. Is the furniture doomed? [more inside]
posted by armoir from antproof case on Jan 10, 2011 - 15 answers

I'm a Aeroputz and need magical solution for mildew smell on rubber

You guys are my last hope: is there anything I can do to remove the mildew smell from my Aeropress plunger? It turns out I accidentally put the Aeropress away without removing the used coffee "puck" first — and it stayed that way for weeks. Of course, the rubber end of the plunger has a mildew smell, which seems invincible. We removed the rubber bit and I've tried covering it with baking soda, soaking it in vinegar, soaking it in vinegar and soda, soaking in dilute bleach, and then dilute peroxide. THEN... my husband sanded down the rubber end a bit, and I tried it all over again, to no avail. [more inside]
posted by taz on Aug 11, 2010 - 23 answers

Ford Prefect would be ashamed

Please solve my weird towel problems! [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jul 30, 2010 - 54 answers

My fancy shower has mold. Help me!

My huge fancy stone-tile shower is growing mold like crazy. What can I use to clean this up that won't hurt the septic tank? [more inside]
posted by jeoc on Apr 21, 2010 - 13 answers

I think I'm getting the Black Lung, pop.

This is the inside of my A/C. Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Mar 20, 2010 - 14 answers

How to remove mildew from small rubbery bathroom items

Can I remove mildew from rubbery bathroom items? [more inside]
posted by wondermouse on Jan 31, 2010 - 7 answers

Stinkfoot (Duhn duh-duh-duhhn)

After working in the rain for 3 days straight and never having enough time to dry all the way out during those 3 days, one of my work boots smells punguntly of mildew. There's no footy smell, only mildew. Is there any way to get rid of it and save the boot? I imagine the mildew isn't doing any favours for the binding or the fabrics either.
posted by Evstar on Aug 17, 2009 - 5 answers

How can I prove my workplace is making me sick?

I think my work place is causing respiratory problems for me. How do I go about proving it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2009 - 8 answers

BugFilter: Unbeknownst to us, water got under our kitchen flooring. The bad section has been pulled up and cleaned but I'm seeing some small bugs in that general area. Help!

BugFilter: Unbeknownst to us, water got under our kitchen flooring. The bad section has been pulled up and cleaned but I'm seeing some small bugs in that general area. Help! [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel on Aug 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Remind me to get a dog and teach it to sniff out mold.

When I get in the shower I smell that earthy smell associated with mold. Help me figure out what the source may be! [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Jan 26, 2009 - 12 answers

And in that sleep of death what dreams may come

Help me choose a bed. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Jan 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Mildew-smelling hip flask - can it be salvaged?

The hip flask I haven't used in a year smelled like mildew when I opened it. I last used it to hold a cream-based liqueur. Is it safe to use? How can I clean it properly? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Jan 16, 2009 - 23 answers

cleaning mildew off microsuede?

After 4 months in storage, my red microsuede couch is now a gray velvet couch. Can I clean mildew from microsuede? How? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Nov 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Something is rotten in my state (not Denmark).

Last Wednesday I was assaulted by a foul smell in my front (guest) bathroom. I have been trying to pinpoint the cause for several days. I'm about to go out of town and need advice on what to do, especially since I'm extremely broke and have tried all the usual methods of attack. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Oct 27, 2008 - 13 answers

smelly cap, smelly cap

The baseball cap I wear at the gym gets soaked in sweat. And now it smells like mildew. Help. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Sep 28, 2008 - 16 answers

Mold and Mildew Prevention

What is the better mold & mildew prophylaxis: a steam cleaner, a dehumidifier, or something else? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Sep 10, 2008 - 9 answers

What happened to my tub?

What did the mildew remover leave in my tub? [more inside]
posted by messylissa on Aug 3, 2008 - 11 answers

How do hotels keep their shower curtains mildew-free?

How do hotels keep their shower curtains mildew-free? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Jul 2, 2008 - 21 answers

How to dry moldy clothing on humid days

Will line-drying damp clothing on humid days make our clothing smell mildewy? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Jul 1, 2008 - 8 answers

help me not kill my new lemon tree!

Help! I was just given a potted lemon tree! What do I do? [more inside]
posted by beandip on Jun 7, 2008 - 7 answers

Why is there a mildew smell in car during rain?

Can someone tell me where a mildew smell in my car might be coming from on rainy days if there are no apparent leaks? [more inside]
posted by supertouchme on May 19, 2008 - 13 answers

Foodsafe after mildew damage?

Can I adequately clean a mildewed bookshelf for food storage? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Apr 14, 2008 - 9 answers

Oooh that smell.

What is the strange smell emanating from certain areas of our apartment? It's very strong and sour, like boiled cabbage...and it's confined to the front hallway and the bathroom. [more inside]
posted by cowboy_sally on Apr 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Help for killing a mildew odor that I can't smell myself

How do I kill a mildew smell -behind- a sink? [more inside]
posted by The Giant Squid on Jan 20, 2008 - 8 answers

Can I seal furniture in plastic to prevent mold?

Is it possible to "seal" furniture in a plastic bag to protect it from mold while stored in a basement? Please help me protect my inheritance until I have a bigger house! [more inside]
posted by intermod on Jan 20, 2008 - 15 answers

Stinky Genitals

What would cause a woman's vaginal discharge to smell strongly of mildew? [more inside]
posted by Drohan on Dec 7, 2007 - 14 answers

Why does our kitchen sponge smell like mildew after less than a week?

Our kitchen sponge starts to smell like mildew after less than a week of normal use. We use a standard "scrubby" sponge that has an abrasive side and an absorbent sponge side. Has anybody else experienced this problem, and if so, what did you do about it, or do you have any general advice about keeping sponges from mildewing quickly? [more inside]
posted by ezrainch on Aug 13, 2007 - 37 answers

sump pump concerns

I have 2 related questions about sump pumps. 1) Will bleach damage the pump? 2) Is there a way to monitor the pump for failure (or the water level which would tell me the same thing) easily? [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey on Jul 24, 2007 - 9 answers

Clean and mean here on the Green

What are your favorite heavy-duty cleaning products and super-cleaning secrets? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Jul 11, 2007 - 28 answers

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