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DOES BLEACH KILL MOLD?
No. You need a commercial mold specialist.
What you might not know is that most chemicals, including bleach, have been proven ineffective against eliminating mold in the long run. Contrary to popular belief, when you apply bleach to kill mold on a porous surface, (i.e. wood, drywall, grout, carpet, etc.) it actually facilitates mold growth. The chlorine molecules stay on the surface and will only kill a fraction of the mold, while the water in bleach (bleach is mostly water) sinks into the material, promoting growth.
Mold Symptoms and Allergies
Mold can be an allergen and irritant, creating mold symptoms which make it likely to pose health problems for certain individuals. Some people are particularly sensitive to mold and exposure can cause mold symptoms such as mold allergies. Mold symptoms include eye irritation and itchiness, sneezing, coughing and other respiratory issues. Extended exposure to mold can worsen the symptoms of asthma and mold allergies.
SOME PEOPLE ARE SENSITIVE TO MOLD. FOR THESE PEOPLE, EXPOSURE TO MOLD CAN CAUSE MOLD SYMPTOMS SUCH AS:
- Nasal stuffiness
- Eye irritation and redness
- Skin irritation
People with serious mold allergies may have more severe mold symptoms which can include fever and shortness of breath or even mold infections in their lungs. In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with mold symptoms such as upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough and wheeze in otherwise healthy people. Recent studies also suggest a potential link of early mold exposure to development of mold symptoms such as mold allergies and asthma in children, particularly among those who may be genetically susceptible to asthma development.