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    • ceri123
    • By ceri123 10th Aug 07, 9:29 AM
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    Pink mould in shower
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    • 10th Aug 07, 9:29 AM
    Pink mould in shower 10th Aug 07 at 9:29 AM
    I have pink mould on all the grout and sealant in my shower. I believe this is due to body fat deposits or something - I presume I've overheard Kim & Aggie muttering about it. I clean the shower regularly, believe it or not, but can never shift it completely.

    The latest attempt was Cif cream with bleach - dabbed it generously all over, left for a while and then scrubbed. It has shifted some but mainly due to the top surface of grout being scrubbed off and sealant coming away. But there is still a lot of pink there.

    Has anyone got any tried and trusted tips to remove the pink? Shower tray is plastic so don't want anything too corrosive.
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  • moozikgal
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    • 10th Aug 07, 10:42 AM
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    • 10th Aug 07, 10:42 AM
    Not heard of it being body fat deposits, i think its most likley to do with the water as it is also around our shower head too. I just use a bathroom cleaner and hot water, comes off no problem.
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    • By *niptuckfan* 10th Aug 07, 10:52 AM
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    • 10th Aug 07, 10:52 AM
    I have this too I used neat bleach and it did work with elbow grease, i have decided to scrape it out and regrout as i think in the long term it will be quicker and more effective, I have read it goes pink to do with a bacteria and air ventilation but i dont know if thats correct
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 10th Aug 07, 11:20 AM
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    • 10th Aug 07, 11:20 AM
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    • 10th Aug 07, 11:20 AM
    Hi ceri,

    It sounds like limescale to me. Pour on some neat vinegar, rub with a cloth, rinse and clean as you normally do.

    Pink
  • AussieLass
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    • 10th Aug 07, 11:45 AM
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    • 10th Aug 07, 11:45 AM
    Funny you should mention this, I noticed this in Pink's shower when I was visiting. I'd do what she said to do.
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    • 10th Aug 07, 1:50 PM
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    • 10th Aug 07, 1:50 PM
    Don't know how MS you want to be, but Ecover's limescale spray is brilliant at removing that pink stuff, I always thought it was something to do with my toiletries.
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 11th Aug 07, 11:46 AM
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    • 11th Aug 07, 11:46 AM
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    • 11th Aug 07, 11:46 AM
    Funny you should mention this, I noticed this in Pink's shower when I was visiting. I'd do what she said to do.
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    • jackieb
    • By jackieb 11th Aug 07, 11:47 AM
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    • 11th Aug 07, 11:47 AM
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    • 11th Aug 07, 11:47 AM
    Hi ceri,

    It sounds like limescale to me. Pour on some neat vinegar, rub with a cloth, rinse and clean as you normally do.

    Pink
    Originally posted by Pink-winged

    I don't think it's to do with limescale. I have the pink stuff too and we have very soft water.
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 11th Aug 07, 11:54 AM
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    • 11th Aug 07, 11:54 AM
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    • 11th Aug 07, 11:54 AM
    I don't think it's to do with limescale. I have the pink stuff too and we have very soft water.
    Originally posted by jackieb
    Hi jackieb,

    It may not be limescale. :confused:

    All I know is that there were pink marks in our shower tray (we live in a hard water area). I looked on here and someone mentioned vinegar. I had tried all sorts of cleaners to get rid of it but it refused to shift. When I poured on the vinegar and gave it a wipe it came off really easily.

    Hopefully ceri will come back and let us know what worked for her.

    Pink
  • janeym8
    im in a soft water area and i always thought it was just the soap reacting with something but ive used various things and they all renmove the pink and i use an old toothbrush on the grout

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    • paddy's mum
    • By paddy's mum 12th Aug 07, 9:45 AM
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    We too have this 'pink' and I believe it to be a form of mould working on the areas where soap or toiletries linger. I find a teaspoon of bleach and an old toothbrush get rid of it pronto, until the next time, of course!
    • Sprinkly
    • By Sprinkly 8th Oct 17, 9:35 AM
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    This pink is very common in gym showers and I believe is body fat loss although others may disagree. I've been losing body fat recently due to doing Keto and the pink spots all over the bath tub has gotten worse not just in the grout!
    • Apodemus
    • By Apodemus 8th Oct 17, 10:27 AM
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    Hi jackieb,

    It may not be limescale. :confused:

    All I know is that there were pink marks in our shower tray (we live in a hard water area). I looked on here and someone mentioned vinegar. I had tried all sorts of cleaners to get rid of it but it refused to shift. When I poured on the vinegar and gave it a wipe it came off really easily.

    Hopefully ceri will come back and let us know what worked for her.

    Pink
    Originally posted by Pink.
    THIS is (probably) your beastie! Growing on whatever residues are on your grout.

    The most likely deposit is soap, which (like lime-scale) is alkaline. Vinegar (being a weak acid) is very good at removing alkaline residues.
    • ancientofdays
    • By ancientofdays 8th Oct 17, 11:41 AM
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    I get this too and it responds well to a quick spray with mould and mildew remover. I know that's not very money saving but it works and as our bathroom gets black mould, however much it is ventilated, I need the spray.
    I was jumping to conclusions and one of them jumped back
    • GlasweJen
    • By GlasweJen 8th Oct 17, 3:14 PM
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    lol it's got nothing to do with body fat, it's a bacteria from the serratia family
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    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 8th Oct 17, 3:32 PM
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    We had a new shower recently, I think it's partly to do with standing water, may be with 'product' in it, as it happens more where the toiletries bottles sit. When the new shower came, I decided to rinse it fully everytime I was in there. I put the shower head onto the concentrated jet and run it round all the edges, ledges and corners. It's OK so far.
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    • Lingua
    • By Lingua 8th Oct 17, 4:13 PM
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    As a future reference, most body fat is lost through respiration - that is, it is broken down and the waste products exhaled as you exercise. It doesn't drip off!

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    • By Living proof 9th Oct 17, 1:07 PM
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    This pinky orange mould is actually Serratia marcescens - a bacteria, google it for more technical information. Bleach is the general remedy or a specialised mould remover.
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    • By rach_k 9th Oct 17, 4:54 PM
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    As a future reference, most body fat is lost through respiration - that is, it is broken down and the waste products exhaled as you exercise. It doesn't drip off!

    Lingua
    Originally posted by Lingua
    Shhh, don't say that. Let me cling to the hope that showering will dissolve the weight I need to lose.
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