Why Bleach Doesn't Kill Mold
Bleach has always been a staple cleaning agent that can do wonders on stains and killing germs. One common misconception about bleach is that it should be used to remove mold.
Why You Don’t Want To Use Bleach To Kill Mold
- It promotes mold growth on porous surfaces because bleach is made up of about 90% water
- It only removes the color, leaving the roots that will continue to grow
- The EPA and OSHA both advise against using bleach
- Bleach can also be harmful for surfaces. (It will weaken wood and corrode metal)
- Bleach is harmful to your skin, lungs, and eyes
- Mixing Bleach with other cleaners (acids) increases its corrosive nature
- Bleach loses its sanitizing agent when it’s mixed with an organic material
In every mold remediation job we encounter, we follow the IICRC recommended protocol for safe mold removal. This ensures the killing of the mold you see and can’t see.