A variety of mold removal products are marketed to remove stubborn fungi and prevent its spread to other locations. A few different types of products commonly used in mold cleaning include sprays, indoor foggers and organic mold removal products. Bleach may also be used for removing fungi, but may cause added health concerns and is, therefore, not always the most recommended ingredient for getting rid of mold. Safe, effective mold removal products may be purchased at hardware stores or from online vendors.
Mold removal products do not always work on certain surfaces. For instance, mold can survive quite easily on porous surfaces, such as wood and textiles, despite rigorous mold cleaning efforts. Even with repeated applications of a mold killing product, mold may survive on these surfaces, which is why health experts recommend disposing of porous objects that have become infected with mold as necessary and whenever possible.
Most mold removal products contain biocides, which are chemicals able to kill living organisms. In the United States, certain biocides have government approval for the use of killing mold. Effective mold cleaning products containing biocides will feature registration numbers issued by the Environmental Protection Agency on the outside of each container.
Mold removal products come in various different forms and each is effective in its own way. Spray fungicides are effective in that they may be used for places where mold is growing, but that are hard to reach by hand. By repeatedly spraying a fungicide directly on molded surfaces, the fungus can be killed. Some mold sprays also help form a barrier that stops new mold from attaching to previously treated surfaces.
Specially formulated products have been approved for organic mold removal. Such products do not contain any synthetic chemicals or bleach, nor are they accompanied by any harsh fumes that may cause lung and eye irritation. These products work by changing the genetic makeup of mold, thus, renders it powerless and stunts its growth. Organic mold removal products are sold for commercial, industrial and residential use.
Mold removal products also come in the form of foggers. These are commonly used in enclosed spaces that have been attacked by mold, but that are difficult to reach by hand, such as crawl spaces or air and heating ducts. Some mold cleaning foggers may also be circulated throughout air control systems to spread the product throughout other systems and rooms.