Product Type: Astonish Household Cleaning
Newest Review: ... 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 ... more
This is okay for 99p
Astonish Mould and Mildew remover
Member Name: Elaineee
Astonish Mould and Mildew remover
Advantages: Removes mould and mildew from walls
Disadvantages: Not so good in the bathroom
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.
Summary: I will continue to use it as the positives outway the negative
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