Mold Myth #1: Does Bleach Kill Mold?
Updated: Dec 20, 2022
Have you ever wondered if bleach can effectively kill pesky mold? Many people do, and this is one of the most asked questions in regard to dealing with mold. While it's true that bleach does a great job at wiping out surface-level molds on materials such as tile or other non-porous surfaces, unfortunately, it may not be enough when targeting deep-down mold growth inside porous materials like wood, drywall, or foundations. Knowing which chemicals work best for eliminating different types of mold on different types of materials is key to successful 'mold busting'.
Using bleach to treat mold on a porous surface may seem like an effective solution at first - it could appear to vanish for several days after cleaning. However, this only serves as a temporary fix; instead of killing the mold, it's just being pushed further into the material where the moisture and water content from bleach can help feed its growth and cause bigger problems down the line. In order to properly remove any traces of mold, you'll need more specialized treatments that will actually get rid of them.
A healthy home starts with keeping moisture and water issues at bay. Mold growth can be dangerous, so the top-ranked fix is to physically remove any mold present, vacuum up surrounding debris, disinfect the area completely and use a ‘dry fog’ technique which eliminates airborne mold spores. Equipment for proper mold remediation can come at a steep expense. That is why Healthy Homes is here to help. By taking the initiative to prevent water damage and mold growth, you can cultivate a healthy home for you and your family.
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