Mold and bleach seem to be mated
in every situation. But is it safe to clean up mold using bleach? The
answer is yes and no. Yes - the bleach will kill the mold that you see.
No - because the bleach leave moisture behind that the newly released
mold spores from your cleaning can cling to. Also, for big clean up
jobs bleach could easily overwhelm you with the fumes.
I use bleach to clean up small mold issues. Mold and bleach have always
been the combination in my background. Even in health care, bleach is
used exensively in different medical equipment to prepare it for the
next patient. Dialysis equipment uses bleach to disinfect the system
and anything exposed to hepatitus is cleaned with bleach to
disinfect it too.
Here is the mechanics behind cleaning up an area of where mold has
grown. You start out usually with a rag soaked in a mix of bleach and
water. So the bleach is diluted. You then place the rag over the area
to be cleaned. The slightest of air currents is created over the moldy
area. This air current releases spores into the air (mold spreads). You
continue to clean and simultaneously release more mold spores. The area
that you bleached remains damp and the mold spores already riding
around on miniscule air currents settles on the wet spot. That's the
biggest drawback with the cleaning process.
To my knowledge no product is going to keep those mold spores from
escaping. But I do happen to discuss in great detail a secret weapon
that will eliminate even those mold spores that got away. You'll have
to read it in "How to Get Rid of
Black Mold" which is exclusively
available on this site. But other than that I believe that mold and
bleach is a good combination.
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