Removing mold is as easy as spraying a bleach cleaner on the mold. The mold dies when the bleach hits it. There are just a few problems with this approach. As any mold remediation and restoration specialist will tell you, this is just a surface clean. Here is why cleaning with bleach only works on the surface, and not always on every surface.
On Tile, It Is Great (Sort of)
On porcelain tile, bleach removes a lot of the mold. What it does not remove is any mold that has taken root in the grout between the tiles. If you are not going after the mold embedded in the grout, the mold spots will spring up again. If you are cleaning tile with bleach, get an old toothbrush to scrub all of the grout thoroughly with a bleach cleaner. Then wipe with a damp, not wet, cloth.
On Walls and Ceilings, Terrible
When you see mold on walls and ceilings, you can remove the surface stains. The problem is not with the mold you can see, but with what you cannot see. For mold to be growing on these surfaces, it has to first sink through these surfaces from the opposite side. This means that you have something rotting and unpleasant on the inside of the affected wall or ceiling. As such, the reappearance of mold will continue to vex you until you remove the source of the mold and repair or remove the source of the water that feeds the mold and rotting material.
On Furniture, Not Recommended
The problem with trying to remove mold from furniture is that it is already embedded in the fabric, the cotton batting or foam, and may even be affecting the wood frame underneath. Even if you have a totally white chair or couch that will not be bleach-stained by using bleach, there is no telling what is going on underneath the upholstery. Unless you take this piece of furniture into a furniture restoration expert, you really should consider it junk and throw it away.
On Carpeting, Equally as Bad as Furniture
Finally, attempting to bleach mold out of your carpet is just as bad as trying to remove it from furniture. You bleach-stain the carpet, the bleach soaks through to the carpet pad creating a constant stink of bleach every time you step on that spot, and then the bleach barely touches the base floor, where there might be more mold spores waiting. Mold can continue to return on carpet unless you can kill it straight to the sub-floor.
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