Using Bleach To Remove Mold
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Using Bleach To Remove Mold?
Good News! Bleach can kill virtually every species of indoor mold that it comes into contact with!
That sounds like every homeowner’s dream come true, doesn’t it? Why pay for an expensive mold remediation when you can run down to the nearest grocery store and pick up a gallon of super mold killer, better known as chlorine bleach?
Why doesn’t this idea work very well? The answer is that bleach will only kill mold that it comes into contact with. If you try to use chlorine bleach on a porous material, bleach will only affect the surface mold. The chlorine in chlorine bleach, sodium hypochlorite, does not, and will not penetrate into porous materials.
Chlorine is scientifically designed NOT to penetrate.
The component in bleach that will penetrate however, and provide the one thing that mold needs to thrive, is water. Bleach is 94-95% water.
Many so-called experts recommend you use a solution of bleach and water to kill mold. They recommend a ratio of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water (roughly one cup of bleach to one gallon of water). So, let’s see if this makes sense. You take a product that is already 95% water, and then you mix it with 10 times as much water. Then it’s expected it to be a mold killer on porous materials.
Bleach Is For Disinfecting
Bleach is a great disinfectant. It is not a great mold remover. Bleach will kill on the surface, but it will not kill the roots. The water in the bleach will then penetrate to the roots. You do know that the best way to keep a living thing alive is to give it plenty of water, don’t you?
“Gee, why does that mold keep coming back?”
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