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Old 27-12-2015, 08:03   #46
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Re: Mold Remover?

Originally Posted by sparrowhawk1 View Post
But the war with mold does not rest. Lamorocha so what is best: borax, boric acid or the combo of the two.
Any of the two works great to prevent mold from coming back. These are good biocides that will control stuff without vertebrae (from mold to ants) but safe for vertebrates when applied reasonably because they are water-soluble and do not bioacummulate. They do not act extremely fast but that is the price to pay to get something that is safe for people and pets.
Borax is easier to find cheaply in the US for a consumer. Boric acid is more concentrated. The mix is only worthwhile if you have trouble making the solution in low temperatures or if you can get it easily from a fertilizer place. If you use boric acis make sure you get "powder" not "granular" form. The latter may be difficult to dissolve.

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Old 22-01-2016, 16:05   #47
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Re: Mold Remover?

Originally Posted by GordMay View Post
Bleach kills bacteria and viruses and sanitizes the surfaces it's used on. Bleach also kills mold if it comes into contact with it. The spores and allergens from mold are neutralized as well.

Bleach will kill mold growing on non-porous surfaces like fibreglass, glass, tiles, bathtubs and counter tops.

However bleach cannot completely kill mold growing in non-porous materials like fabric, carpet, drywall, and wood. Bleach does not penetrate into these non-porous substances and so only the mold growing above the surface is killed. Molds have roots (hyphae) and bleach’s ion structure stops chlorine from penetrating porous materials, therefore when you spray all the chemicals are going to stay on top of your surface while the water part of the solution just soaks through. Bleach won't kill mold on dirty, metallic or porous substances either.

OSHA was the first federal agency to announce a departure from the use of chlorine bleach in mold remediation.

Steam cleaner. Does fabrics too (also kills bed bugs and their eggs - which are apparently becoming epidemic in some parts).

Make sure it isn't one that's too cool (a lot of the small hand held units are).

It's just water. Can be handy to use something to give a 'pre-clean' soak before hitting it with steam.

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