Will Bleach Solve Your Mold Problem?

Bleach and mold has been a topic of debate over the lat 10 years. The discolored spot on your unfinished basement wall has become more of a black patch, and you now realize it is mold. No problem, right? Just get a little bleach and clean it! Wrong! Mold removal is rarely that simple of a process. That’s why it’s called mold REMOVAL. If mold was as benign as dust, we’d simply call it cleaning.

Bleach does kill mold, however, and it is an acceptable way to remove mold from non-porous surfaces. Bleach will kill bacteria, viruses, and mold if it comes into contact with it. This means it will also kill any allergens and mold spores that can cause health concerns.

Bleach does not kill mold on non-porous surfaces. This means it will not kill mold that is on/in your walls, carpets or wooden surfaces. The problem with mold is that you cannot see its spores, and if you are seeing it on your wall, it may have infiltrated other places.

Other Problems with Bleach

1. Corrosive

Bleach can eat through many materials and will damage metals and plastics if care is not taken. This is why it is commonly diluted before application.

2. Rough on Hands

If you’ve ever used bleach without gloves, you probably won’t be doing that again. It is very rough on the hands, and you’ll have dryness and irritation for days. Of course, this problem can be solved with gloves.

3. Dangerous if Mixed with other Chemicals

Possibly the biggest problem with bleach is its ability to become chloramine gas if mixed with other household cleaners containing ammonia. These mixtures can be deadly.

Will Bleach Solve Your Mold Problem?

The answer to whether or not bleach will solve your mold problems is…sort of. Bleach will kill mold, and it is a simple and inexpensive way to get of rid of mold on non-porous surfaces. The problem is that mold rarely only shows up on non-porous surfaces. Porous surfaces often have an environment that is more attractive.

If you are going to attempt to clean your mold problem with bleach, make sure the area is well-ventilated, wear gloves, and be thorough. You may want to wear eye protection to avoid splashes and burning from fumes.

Following your mold cleanup, consider calling a professional mold remediation service. They have the experience and knowledge to make sure you are not at risk for latent mold resurrection. If it is in your walls or carpet, these items will have to be removed from the home. This involves careful sealing of spaces and covering of removed items in order to stop the spread of spores. Bleach will kill mold, but it may not solve your mold problem.  

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