Borax Versus Bleach

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Borax versus Bleach

Should you clean mold yourself?

We do not recommend for customers to clean mold themselves, unless cleaning it from an item such as clothing or a non-porous item. For areas inside of your home greater than 10 square feet, make sure to contact a professional to handle this for you. It is imperative to not only remove the mold properly, but also rectify the moisture problem. Also, a professional can make sure the proper containment is set up to ensure that the mold spores do not spread to other areas of the home.

There is generally quite the misconception when it comes to cleaning mold yourself. People tend to think they need to use Bleach to clean mold, when it is the exact opposite. Bleach will change the color of your mold to a clear and/or white color, as it would your clothing. Unfortunately, all you have done is to create a biosphere for the mold to grow in and you may have possibly ingested the bleach fumes & airborne mold spores (never healthy). Usually, within three to four months, the mold will return and do so with a vengeance.

What is Borax?

The only product that we recommend to our customers to use in order to remove mold is Borax. We NEVER recommend using Bleach. Borax is unique in the fact that it is a naturally occurring substance.
Borax is a common ingredient in detergents and cosmetics. It is prized for its effectiveness as a cleanser and deodorizer. 

What Are the Advantages to Using Borax?

  • Borax is helpful as a mold killer because of its natural anti-fungal properties. 
  • Borax is chemical-free, does not emit harmful gases, and is significantly safer than other mold killing products.
  • Borax has can be used for multiple purposes including a detergent and cleanser. It is inexpensive and available at most local grocery stores.
  • Borax is not harmful to the environment, in comparison to bleach and other mold cleaning products. 

Why Should I Not Use Bleach?

  • Bleach does not kill all types of mold.
  • Bleach only disinfects the area.
  • Bleach has a shelf life of approximately one year, dependent upon the storage conditions.
  • Bleach is a caustic substance. We Do Not Recommend Its Use in Any Circumstance

If you have any questions about mold growth in your home, call us at 585-235-6182 or visit Comprehensive Mold Management's website for more information at 

What to Look Out For When Searching For a Mold Remediation Company

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What to Look Out for When Searching For a 

Mold Remediation Company

There are many different tactics and sales techniques used when trying to sell home improvement projects such as mold removal. Mold remediation can be a costly expense and you want to make sure that you are hiring an honest, legitimate and experienced company. It is not a project where you just want to go with the cheapest quote, you do not want to cut costs for quality. Here are some tips to keep in mind and questions to ask when searching for a Rochester Environmental or Mold Remediation company:

Ask how many employees work for the company. (You want to check they have staff in house that can complete the mold work versus subcontracting it out.) 
Verify the number of years that they have been in business and the number of years they have been conducting mold remediation. (Many companies have recently just started offering mold remediation. You want to make sure that you are hiring a company that has experience with this type of work, to ensure it is done properly.)
Check to make sure that they are fully ensured and can provide a certificate of insurance.
Conduct a thorough background check by checking online reviews through the BBB, Angie’s List and other reputable sources that can provide reviews and insight into the company. 
Beware of scare tactics. Saying things like; “You Have a Big Problem Here!”  or “Your home isn't safe or healthy to be in.” before they've even done a thorough visual inspection or tested for mold.
Ask the contractor for references from customers that have had similar projects completed. 
Watch out for mold removal companies that only take care of the mold. The quote may be cheaper upfront, but if the moisture issue isn’t resolved, you may face a more severe problem down the road. Comprehensive Mold Management does all the work start to finish. We take care of the moisture issue, remove the mold, and complete any other necessary work that is required.
Inquire to make sure that the company offers a warranty. With cheaper quotes, sometimes there is no warranty associated with the mold remediation. Our work may not be the cheapest, but we do the work correctly. We follow industry standard protocol, so any work we complete is covered with a lifetime warranty* where our mold proof coating is applied. 
Beware of companies that do not follow the proper standards or protocol, having a need for less materials. Comprehensive Mold Management is fully ensured, a NYS licensed mold remediation contractor and CMM always uses the best materials available. We use the highest quality materials available to insure the job is done correctly. 

If you have any concerns or questions about mold growth or moisture issues in your home, call Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182. Make sure to educate yourself and do a thorough check before hiring any contractor, to protect your biggest investment, your home. 

(*Lifetime Warranty applies to wherever our mold proof coating is applied.)