Bleach is an item commonly prized for its high strength cleaning abilities around the house. Many people use bleach on mold and simply think that this kills it. Well, it may have worked or it may not have. What many people don’t know is that bleach cannot eliminate all types of mold.
Over 100 Types of Mold
There are over 100 different kinds of mold that can be found to commonly grow in your home. That’s why unless you know what kind of mold you’re dealing with, bleach can often be useless. Mold has existed and evolved in nature to grow in all types of ways on all kinds of surfaces. Some are resistant to certain cleaners and easily removed by others.
Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) say that bleach is not recommended for eliminating mold from your home. Bleach is known to be corrosive and cause damage to the surfaces that you are using it on. It is completely ineffective against porous material such as wood or furniture cushions, where it fails to penetrate deep within the pores to eliminate mold.
How to Actually Kill Mold
Unless you know what kind of mold you have, it’s hard to know what’s going to kill it. Many hardware stores sell an array of mold cleaners that may or may not solve your problem. Removing mold from all surfaces such as wood, carpeting, or furniture will be hard. In these scenarios it is best to clean them as much as you can, disinfecting them with spray, and wrapping them in plastic so that air cannot get inside. Always where a mask, goggles, and gloves when cleaning mold so you don’t ingest any mold spores or dangerous chemicals.
This is the most recommended course of action when dealing with a mold problem. Water Damage Zone specifically provides services that will identify the mold and select a specific product that will work the best against that strain of mold. We know what materials can be salvaged and the ones that are sources for mold growth and need to be eliminated. Our equipment is top of the line and some is accessible only to mold removal companies. Consult with us first, even if you are determined to handle your mold problem on your own.
Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.
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15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411