People often ask us what kills mold. They want to know what to use to kill mold safely and effectively. Unfortunately, we’ve found that many people have incorrect information on killing mold and often spend time, energy and money trying to kill mold with inadequate products. Not only does that waste time, energy and money, but mold grows and spreads in time so by the time they realize their efforts are not working, they may be dealing with greater amounts of mold than they started with.
People use a variety of products to kill mold, but some are more effective than others. We’ll tell you about some of the most commonly used products and let you know which are mostly likely to get the job done.
It should be noted that there are many different types of mold commonly found in homes, including stachybotrys chartarum, sometimes referred to as black mold, and penicillium, the type of mold from which the antibiotic penicillin is made. Knowing what type or types of mold you’re dealing with (you may have more than one kind of mold growing in the same area) can help you determine what to use to kill mold in your case. If you have trouble identifying the mold growing in your home, you can request a free consultation from a mold removal professional for assistance.
When asked what kills mold, the first thing many people think of is chlorine bleach. Many people have the idea that chlorine bleach kills everything. While it is a good disinfectant and does kill many germs, bleach does not kill all strains of household mold and in fact the Environmental Protection Agency no longer recommends using bleach for that purpose.
Since mold is often found in the bathroom, many people attempt to clean it using standard bathroom cleaners like Tilex, Scrubbing Bubbles, Clorox bathroom cleaner or Lysol bathroom cleaner. While these products may do a good job removing soap scum and making your bathroom fixtures shine, they don’t kill many strains of mold commonly found in the home.
Mold is a type of fungus, so a good fungicide like Foster 40-80 is what kills mold best. If you can’t find a good fungicide at your grocery store, check with local hardware stores or home improvement stores. You can ask store associates about what to use to kill mold in your home, but be aware that many associates will not have any special training in dealing with household mold and so they may not be able to advise you well. We suggest asking a mold removal professional if you have questions about what kills mold best.
A quality fungicide like Foster 40-80 will kill most types of mold, although some products may be more effective against some types of mold than against others. You can use your favorite bathroom cleaner to scrub the moldy area before applying a fungicide and you can also use your preferred bathroom cleaner after using a fungicide to clean up the rest of your bathroom, but you’ll need a good fungicide to make sure all traces of mold are removed. Even though other cleaning products may remove most of the visible mold, small traces may remain and then mold can simply begin to grow again.
If you have questions about what to use to kill mold in your home, you can always consult with a professional mold removal specialist. A professional will be familiar with the available products and will know what will work best on the strain or strains of mold growing in your home. Most mold removal specialists offer free consultations, so you can get some professional advice about the best products to use at no cost to you. During your free consultation, a professional will also make sure you’ve located all the mold in your home and advise you about important safety precautions that should be taken during the mold removal process.
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