Friday, February 25, 2011
Got Mold? Should You Reach for the Bleach?
Mike Ciavattieri, Bonsai Home Inspections addresses this issue in his Blog
Mold and Bleach - The Real Truth A great read!
I thought this topic was especially interesting after talking with a number folks that had the unfortunate experience of water penetration due to ice dams this winter.
Most of them, thought as I did, that bleach is your first defense in the clean up of mold. But, is it? I guess not!
While it could possibly be used on non-porous materials such as counter tops, tiles and tubs, a safer option would be old fashioned soap and water!
It most certainly is not recommended for porous materials such as drywall, wood, and flooring. In fact using bleach on those materials may be counter productive! It could just remove the mold that is on the surface, not touching the underlying roots and it will return!
EPA Guide to Mold and Mildew (recommendations on what to do, consulting a professional, etc.)
Anyone that knows me, knows I love Bleach.... the smell makes me think clean, fresh and crisp.
but, after reading Ciavattieri's post, and similar articles.. ..I think I'll just confine it to the laundry.
( and, I guess that opens another can of worms, doesn't it??? )