Bleach Does Not Kill Mold Roots or Spores on Porous Surfaces
Article From National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors
These well-intentioned journalists and government officials are obviously unaware of the fact that the EPA and OSHA stopped recommending bleach for mold remediation years ago. Sadly, when they recommend bleach, they are actually making the mold problem worse.
Not only is bleach corrosive and toxic, but studies have shown that the ionic nature of bleach prevents the chlorine from penetrating porous surfaces. Therefore, bleach cannot penetrate and kill embedded mold roots and spores. Only the water in bleach mixtures will penetrate porous surfaces. Ironically, the water will actually nourish the mold roots and spores. That’s why mold and mildew quickly regrow on bleach-treated porous surfaces, thus requiring time, cost and hassle to remove it again and again.
Don’t take our word for it. Check out the following article titled Bleach Does Not Kill Mold. It was published by the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors. They’re certified mold experts.
If you’d like some specific, scientific details about the limitations of bleach against mold, we suggest you read the following article titled Why Chlorine Bleach Is Not Effective in Killing Mold. It was posted by a company specializing in air quality sanitizing products.
For a great explanation that disputes the myth of bleach as a cure-all for mold, read the excellent article published by Spore-Tech, a certified toxic mold inspection and laboratory analysis service. In this article, they state that OSHA, which once recommended using bleach, was the first government agency to stop recommending it. The EPA soon also stopped recommending bleach as well. Hard to believe the EPA recommended such a toxic solution to begin with. The article also mentions that the Clorox company only claims bleach as capable of killing mold on hard, non-porous surfaces. In other words, Clorox is implicitly saying that bleach will not kill mold on porous surfaces like grout, wood, drywall, cement, etc.
So don’t use bleach to try killing and preventing mold. It may remove visible mold branches, but it will actually backfire by feeding water to the mold roots. And besides, bleach is toxic and thus not good for you, your family or the environment.
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