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My last flat was riddled with damp, mould and mildew and this is the reason why I acquired and used this product often. I bought my first bottle which is 750ml in a Poundland store for of course just a pound and after using that first bottle and being very impressed with it I have bought and used several bottles since and I wouldn't like to be without it!
The product comes in a bright green plastic bottle with a dark blue trigger action sprayer to the top of it and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and what its for and also that is has 'Powerful action and prevents return' and of course the size is stated and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told where it can be used and how to use it, the ingredients are given as well as warnings, we are told that this is Vegan friendly and contact details for the manufacturer are given.
You can use this anywhere really where there is mould and/or mildew and those places include upvc window frames, plastic shower curtains, bathroom and floor tiles, grout, silicone and concrete. You do need to avoid contact with fabrics and to use it all you do is spray the clear, bleach smelling liquid to where you want to clean, leave it a couple of minutes and using a damp and clean cloth to remove it and the mould/mildew should come off easily.
This is really simple to use. I don't find it to irritate my skin, it leaves a clean sort of light bleach aroma behind itself but above all it really does remove most of the black, horrid marks I have found (in the past) in my tiling grouting and around the window frames in my old flat. It didn't remove all of it but it was really built up when I started to use this however in my house I have used this on marks on my shower curtain after washing it first to remove some black mildew marks from it left behind from my old flat and it worked brilliantly and me now I use this as a preventative treatment especially around my window frames and within my tiles and so far so good....I have no mould or mildew appearing and no weird scent of it either!
This is very good for smaller jobs though messy in use on larger areas and sometimes doesn't work a 100% but for me its better than alot of much more expensive cleaners such as this on the market and thats why I continue to stay faithful to it!
Available from all good shops at about a pound a bottle and thumbs up from me!
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A few weeks ago in Home Bargains I bought a spray bottle of mould and mildew remover. There was a choice of two both 99p but as I've had stuff before from one of the brands and it's generally rubbish, I decided to get Astonish. I wasn't really hopeful but thought I'd try it.
I have used these products in the past but most of the time I wash out an empty spray bottle then fill with ordinary household bleach and water which is okay but stinks.
The above picture is out dated the bottle is now bright green with a dark blue spray top. It's a good size for 99p- 750ml. It says it has 'Powerful Action, Kills & Removes Mould and Bacteria and prevents return'. It contains less than 5% Anionic surficants, Sodium Hydroxide and 2.25g Chlorine- based bleach agents- so bleach basically and as such has the same precautions and says it will turn fabrics and some things white- upto now I haven't had an incident even though I have accidently sprayed things, they don't appear to bleach so I dunno but it wouldn't be a good idea to put it to the test......
I hate using bleach and try to avoid it but it's a necessary evil for this job, sometimes I just use detergent and water but this just moves the mould around without killing it. I need a mildew remover because living in a cottage we get a lot of condensation resulting in black mould patches mainly on the walls especially during the winter. Aesthetically it looks horrible but mainly it's the health risks of breathing in mould spores I'm mithered about. I know bleach isn't good but it does get washed away.
The bottle doesn't really say if it's suitable for paintwork only that it's not suitable for 'damaged' paintwork but it's paintwork I use it for and have had no problems doing so, the paint colour hasn't faded or anything. There is a list of suitable surfaces for example upvc window frames, plastic shower curtains, bathroom tiles and concrete. There are plenty of surfaces that aren't suitable- damaged paintwork, rubber, vinyl, metals, chromes, varnished wood, damaged enamel and unglazed tiles.
Directions are to spray the area, leave for 3-4 mins then wipe off with a damp cloth and water. In my experience 3-4 mins isn't long enough.
I've been around the house with it this morning for this review. Turning the nozzle to on I set off. The walls have a few unslightly patches so I've started with them. The nozzle gives a wide fine spray that covers quite a good area and saturates the wall quickly. The light mouldy areas disappear quickly, heavier areas take time, infact after half an hour I've applied some more which has pretty much tackled it. You can see it working as it drips down, it bleaches streaks in the mould that hasn't be sprayed yet. It absolutely stinks of bleach same as when I use 'bleach' so smell wise I'm disappointed but on the plus side at least being able to smell means people know it's there if you see what I mean. Wiping it off is easy enough, giving a wipe down takes the rest of any lingering black marks off too. It works well on the windows and window frames, again these are painted and I have so far never had a problem using these products here, but still it would be wise to be cautious.
So for mildewy and mouldy walls it works pretty well, same as the dearer brand and better than my 'homemade' bleach and water solution. But does stink and takes longer to work than stated. Also it claims to stop mould coming back, but if that was true I wouldn't be going around the house again a few weeks later spraying everywhere, but it does prevent regrowth better than when I just wipe it off with detergent.
Now for the bathroom- not so good. In here it works great on the walls but not so good on tiles and grout, it doesn't touch the mould on the sealant around the bath and sink. I have in the past ruined plugholes with bleach and mildew removers so am careful to rinse any bleach product away as soon as it runs off the tiles into the bath (this brand would probably result in the same damage- but I'm not going to test it for you). Again this morning I've squirted some on the tile grout and there's only a tiny difference even with a scrub off. I find cream cleaners better for this job. I don't bother wasting it on the loo area as I use toilet cleaner for that and neat value bleach if necessary which is cheaper than this stuff (this is what I use when mixing my own- so it's then a lot cheaper).
In conclusion I'm pleased with the results from this cheaper alternative to the well known brand, it is very similar but it does smell a bit stronger. It's much better than other cheap ones I've used. I will be using and buying it again.
I'll give it 4 stars because although it's very effective on walls, it's not good on tile grout or sealant for me anyway. The smell is pretty powerful too.
I live alone in flat in Weston Super mare have done for the past 18 months (lived alone). I am soon to be handing in my tenancy and moving to Warwickshire. My best mate is moving there and I have family there too.
I have a huge problem with damp in this flat. I have made the landlady aware however all she wants is her rent and doesn't care less!
Please note that the colour of the packaging has changed, it is no longer blue but is green instead.
Astonish mould and mildew remover is a well known brand and is cruelty free meaning that it has not been tested on animals. It contains chlonie based bleaching agents that kill all bacteria and mould and prevents it from retuning. the spray bottle contains 750 ml and I have discovered from using it that a little does go a long way.It tells us that it is to be used for upvc window frames plastic shower curtains bathroom tiles and grouting. However I used it on my walls. This is a trigger spray and has a on and off dial to prevent children or toddlers from getting in to it. They also have a website: www.astonishcleaners.com
As I mentioned earlier I have a flat riddled in damp, I suffer from asthma and have found it is making my breathing very bad indeed. I desided enough was enough the land lady was doing nothing neither are the council. Today I used this product in my bathroom and porch. I simply turned the trigger spray on and sprayed all down my walls and left it to soak for about ten minutes. I then used a damp cloth and it wiped of straight away leaving no trace of any damp ever being there at all. I know this product is not meant to use on walls but I have used it on mine and it has done no damage or discoloured any thing. This product smells of chlorine like being at the swimming baths. Not a very pleasant smell but much better than smelling the damp of course. Please be aware that this is only being used as a tempary measure as the damp does need professionals to find the course. A very good product.
I bought mine from my local B and M store costing me 99p.
When we removed a shelving unit from our kitchen, we discovered a patch of mould and mildew behind it, patchily covering a tiled wall. There was also a few spots on a plastic window frame that I already knew about. I found scrubbing with soap and water had some effect on the tiles, but it was a slow process and being in a hurry to get the kitchen organised prior to a refurbishment, I decided to try a specialist mildew remover spray. I chose one from the Astonish brand because they have a strong no testing on animals policy, and there products are also approved by the Vegetarian Society. An added bonus is that I was able to get the spray for £1 in Poundworld. [750ml.]
WHAT THE PRODUCT IS SUPPOSED TO DO
Astonish say that their spray will remove both mould and mildew "without the need for scrubbing". It is suitable for use on window frames, tiles, glazed enamel, concrete and shower curtains. Like all of the other products I looked at, there is also a list on the bottle of the surfaces that this is not suitable for - these include rubber, damaged woodwork, fabric, and vinyl. In some of those cases, such as with fabric, it is advised that permanent damage could result if contact occurs. I therefore wore old clothes when using this.
The spray contains bleach, and therefore it must be used in well ventilated areas. I always open windows before I begin cleaning as I rarely like the smell of the products I use. The spray comes in a bottle with a trigger action spray on top. This has a fitting on the end which if twisted in one direction will lock the spray. I do not have young children in my household, but if I did, I would not feel that this was a very child proof deterrent as it is easy to move. Apart from that, the spray works well. It is poweful and dispenses plenty of the product in one go. As the mould remover is watery in form, it is easy to in fact dispense too much, which is a small problem as it runs down any vertical surface. I spread newpaper and kitchen roll below my tiled surface to prevent it dripping messily to the floor. Once applied, the remover needs to be left in place for 3-4 minutes before removal with a damp cloth. After this, the area needs to be rinsed with clean water. I wore gloves, as this is recommend for prolonged use, or if you have sensitive skin.
The most troublesome part of using this for me was the strong chlorine like smell that was apparent as soon as I made the first spray. I do not expect bleach based products to be pleasant smelling, but this was very strong. Sadly it also lingered for several hours after I had rinsed the remover off, despite several windows remaining open. I would have put up with this on an occasional basis had the mildew been removed easily but..
DID IT WORK?
I used the spray on a part of the tiled wall that I had not yet attacked with soap and water. This was mainly affected by mildew rather than mould which was on a portion of the tiles above. After the first application very few of the black spots had been removed. The bottle does state that repeated applications may be be necessary. After the second spray, the majority of mildew still remained. I therefore decided to scrub away at it rather than just wipe and rinse on the third attempt. This was much more successful, but I was left in two minds as to whether my scrubbing or the spray had made the difference. When I compared the area on which I had used Astonish to that on which I had merely used soap, water and elbow grease, I could see little difference. The spray had perhaps saved me a certain amount of arm work, but when I considered the amount of time that I had had to leave the remover in place, it had not saved me any time. I decided that the minor cleaning advantage the spray may have given me was not worth the smell that resulted, so I decided to abandon it's use on the tiles. I finished that area the way I started it - with soapy water. Neither Astonish nor scrubbing had any affect on the grout between the tiles, but I was not personally troubled at this because it was decided that the area needed to be regrouted.
I tried it on the window frame, which had mould in a corner, and most of this was removed after one application of the remover, but not without some scrubbing by myself. The mould has not returned in 6 weeks, but as it is only an occasional problem , I can't confidently credit Astonish with this. The window frame looked very clean when I was finished, but I did not buy the spray to use as a cleaner!
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
Astonish specifically say that this remover works without the need for scrubbing, but I have found it ineffective without that. I would not recommend it if you really want to save yourself this trouble, despite the low price. I disliked the smell intensely, and this is another reason I would have hesitated to repurchase the cleaner even if it had worked more effrectively. For this reason, although I suspect results will vary to some degree depending on the surface it is used on, I would recommend trying another product. My kitchen is being renovated at the moment, so I will hopefully have no need for a similar item again!
Available at Wilkinson, Poundstretcher, the pound shops, Amazon and numerous online suppliers among other places.
[This review also appears on Ciao under my user name.]
The bathroom in my house gets very steamy when we have showers or baths and as such I noticed some black spots developing on the grout around the shower. I think there is nothing worse than a manky looking shower and so I wanted to try and get this under control quite quickly. I had used astonish bathroom cleaner and found it to be really good and so when I saw the same brand had a mould and mildew remover in my local discount store for just a pound I decided to give it a go.
The astonish mould and mildew remover comes in a 750ml bottle which is made from a blue plastic which is recyclable when empty which is obviously a good thing. The bottle features a spray which is powered by a trigger and the end of the spray has a button which you twist to put it in to an on position. It is obviously sensible to keep the product switched to off and out of the reach of children regardless though. The bottle features a label to both the front and the back and the one on the front shows some tiles sparkling as well as the brand and product name and the label on the back features guidelines for use and other important information. It is nice to know that the product is not tested on animals in any way shape or form.
You are told on the packaging that this product is a "superb product which removes black mildew without the need for scrubbing. For use on window frames, plastic shower curtains, bathroom tiles and concrete." I have to say I had high hopes for this product and sprayed it liberally on to the areas affected around the shower and left it for around five minutes. I then used a damp cloth to wipe the product off the tiles and whilst the area did look slightly better than before it had in no way removed all of the black marks and I was left feeling pretty disappointed. I have also used this product around my windows when I had an issue with condensation causing black mildew to appear and I have to say it was much more efficient on the plastic surface so perhaps my tiles are just more difficult to treat or need something a bit stronger.
I would say that you need to be aware that the product is very strong smelling as it does contain bleaches and so I would say keep the door open in the room you are using it and perhaps the window too if you are able. The smell once the product has been wiped away does smell very clean and sanitised....almost like a swimming pool in a way I find. I would also advise wearing gloves when using this product as not only can it damage your clothes and other surroundings but it can be quite an irritant on the skin should it come in to contact with them.
I think for treating mould and mildew around your window frames this product is excellent for the price but sadly I think if you need it to tackle the mould and mildew on the grout in the bathroom which is a notoriously difficult task to begin with then you will need something better than this one.
Thank you for reading my review!
I've tried all sorts of products to make our shower look good as it has mildew & mould around the tiles yet nothing really seemed to shift it. I tried Flash, Mr Muscle, bleach & other lesser known products & although it looked a little more clean I wasn't happy.
One of our local shops was closing down so I stocked up on a few of my regular cleaners when I spotted Astonish Mould & Mildew Remover. The regular price is around £1.50 for 500g but this was on offer for £1 for 750ml so it was well worth grabbing I thought - if it didn't work in the shower then I could use it on my patio set.
It comes in a sturdy plastic bottle as shown in the picture & has a well-designed & effective trigger action dispenser & an easy grip neck. The spray is slightly foaming & has a smell of bleach though much less strong than a pure bleach product.
As the pump dispenser is well designed it's wasy to squirt the product exactly where you need it & you don't need to scrub - just leave for 3-4 minutes then wipe (or in my case rub) with a damp cloth & rinse. The full directions plus cautions & ingredients are clearly listed on the reverse label on the bottle.
To be honest after having used so many different products to remove the nasty black mildew, I wasn't expecting much in the the way of results but it really did work. The mould, mildew & other gunge was almost all removed the frst time I used it - it needs another 'good going over' so hopefully, after writing this review,it will give me the incentive to finish it off!
It did take a bit of elbow grease but, considering the state of the shower cubicle, this was to be expected. It was defintitely worth the effort though as we had considered having to buy a new shower - no need now.
On the label it's telling me the product can also be used on window frames bathroom tiles, shower curatins & concrete. It cannot be used on rubber (so avoid rubber seals in bathrooms damaged paintwork,unglazed ceramic tiles,aluminium, copper, brass, fabrics etc - it's well worth taking a couple of minutes to read the label before purchase in case it's not right for the job you need doing.
The ingredients include less than 5% chlorine-based bleaching agents, anionic surfacants & sodium hydroxide so when I've used it I've popped on a pair of rubber gloves.
If you have mildew on tiles or shower/bath surround I'd really recommend giving this a try - the only bad thing is the 'swimming-pool' smell which lingers for a while - but then you can't have evrything can you?!
Removes the unsightly mould and mildew but at the same time kills the spores preventing regrowth.