Even though people assume bleach will kill mold on a basement floor, you should never use bleach to clean a cement floor. Besides the fact that bleach is corrosive, there’s a more important reason to never use bleach to clean a cement floor. Have you ever noticed that many times after what appears to be a successful cleaning of mold with bleach, the mold returns worse than it was in the first place?
Think back to the types of surfaces those were. Bleach should never be used to kill mold on porous surfaces like cement. Bleach has an ionic structure and can’t penetrate into porous surfaces. The roots (mycelia) of mold does though. There, deep inside porous surfaces, these spores wait, endlessly until conditions are right for it to thrive.
Bleach is 90 percent water. The chlorine part of bleach can’t make it into the pores, but the water part of bleach certainly can. When you use bleach to clean cement, you clean the top of the cement, and you dump bleach-free water deep into the pores of the cement where mold spores wait for moisture to grow!
So, if you’re about to use bleach to clean a cement floor, stop! Don’t do it!
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