Bleach Does Not Kill Mold

bleachBleach alone is not an effective way to combat mold, because Bleach Does Not Kill Mold . The Clorox Company has stated that bleach is not an effective product for mold Remediation. It won’t reliably kill mold, especially if dirt, and dust has not been cleaned away first. Mold is like a plant in that it needs to be killed at the roots. Bleach is only effective if the mold is growing on non-porous materials such as tiles, bathtubs, glass and counter tops. Bleach cannot penetrate into porous materials and so it does not come into contact with mold growing beneath the surface of materials such as wood and drywall. Using bleach on these materials will kill the mold above the surface but the roots within the material will remain and the mold will soon return. Bleach has a very high concentration of water 99% or more that actually encourages the growth of mold and fungi. The chlorine is left on the surface of porous materials and only the water component of the bleach is absorbed into the material, providing more moisture for the mold to feed on. Some of the mold on the surface might be deadened but the roots of the mold are left intact meaning the mold soon returns, leaving you in a cycle of repeated bleaching. Perhaps this is why some people believe that spraying bleach on mold doesn’t affect it but instead just bleaches its color so you can no longer see it.

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2017-02-09T17:43:53+00:00 January 27th, 2012|Blog|
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