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Misconceptions About Cleaning Mold

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Mold is a tricky and pesky problem in the home. While molds are part of the natural environment and can be found anywhere, it becomes a serious problem when mold begins to grow within the home. While many people believe they know the basic way to remove mold in the home, there are quite a few misconceptions that everyone should know to ensure that they are removing the mold properly. Green Home Solutions of Versailles, Kentucky, we want you to be aware these common misconceptions about cleaning mold to protect yourself and your home.

Misconception #1: Mold only grows and thrives in moist areas of the home.

Unfortunately, mold is not this simple. While it is true that mold needs moisture to begin its growth, mold does not require moisture to keep growing. The moisture in the area can be completely dried out but the mold will continue to grow once it has started. Mold is an interesting substance in that once it has begun to grow, it takes in the moisture that is found in the air to thrive. If the humidity in your air is below 4% then mold will not thrive, but this is impossible to achieve without using absorbing or drying agents and sprays.

Misconception #2: Bleach is a cure all when it comes to mold.

Nope. While bleach may appear to rid the area of mold, bleach does nothing to clear the area of mold that will grow in the future. Bleach is only good for combating the stain that mold produces, which is what we all associate mold with. Bleach only gets rid of the color that we can see by stripping the melanin composites from the mold membrane. While this will cause the mold to look like it has gone away, it is still lurking, invisible to the human eye and in the same spot you just bleached. In addition to not being effective on mold, bleach causes mold to grow back stronger and more prepared to resist the chemical components of bleach. Because bleach has such a high pH, mold will grow back with exoenzymes which will make the bleach completely ineffective the next time it is used and cause the bleach to become fuel for the mold to grow quicker and spread farther. OSHA and Clorox have both stated that bleach should not be used to clean mold.

Misconception #3: Black mold is toxic or deadly.

No. This misconception actually contains two incorrect ideas about mold. First, mold is not toxic. Some forms of mold can produce toxins, but the actual mold is not poisonous or toxic. They can however cause extreme allergic reactions which can be incredibly harmful. Second, as stated above, mold produces melanin composites which can turn several colors depending on the environment in which it grows. Mold is commonly found in black, white, green, brown, and yellow colors. Color should not be associated with the hazard levels of the mold. All colors of mold are bad and can potentially be harmful.

If you have a mold problem in your home and you do not know how to properly remove the mold, it is necessary to call a professional to handle to issue. Let Green Home Solutions, serving Central Kentucky, including Lexington, Georgetown, and Nicholasville, help you with all your mold issues. Contact our team of experts today with any questions or set up an appointment for mold testing today!