Will Bleach Remove Black Mold Permanently?by Alana Morein
If you have ever had an experience with black mold (stachybotrys chartarum), then you know how dangerous it can be. This deadly toxin can wreak havoc on your lungs and do some serious damage. And while there are many products that can safely eliminate the dangerous fungus, bleach is the most common because it’s cheap and easy to find. But, many are concerned as to whether or not it will remove the fungus permanently. And because of the danger that this particular fungus can cause it’s a question that is worth exploring.
When a fungus like stachybotrys chartarum enters your home it can be a nerve-racking experience. Sometimes the problem isn’t even noticeable until it’s too late. By then, the danger has already affected us in some way and we’ll do almost anything to stop it.
Unfortunately, what many people don’t know is that just bleaching the affected area won’t eliminate the problem forever. It’s only a temporary solution that’s been mistaken as a permanent one. While bleaching does remove the spores of fungi’s like stachybotrys chartarum, it can’t go deep down to the root of the problem where the spores hide. So while it may look like the fungus has been removed, it’s still there.
That’s because bleaching doesn’t kill the spores or prevent a barrier to keep dangerous molds like stachybotrys chartarum from coming back. Those pores must be suffocated in order for the problem to be eliminated for good.
One way that can be accomplished is by using a product that will of course kill the spores. Some are convinced that the only way to do this is by using a light source such as the sun to get rid of the source. However, this really isn’t a practical method for many of us and there are other commercial products that have had some recent success with killing molds.
On a final note, another problem with using bleach is that it can be just as dangerous to your lungs if proper ventilation isn’t used. So you really will be better off just using a commercial product that is meant to remove black mold permanently.