4 Reasons Not to Use Bleach to Remove Your Outdoor Mold

4 Reasons Not to Use Bleach to Remove Your Outdoor Mold

You have an outdoor mold or mildew problem and want to take care of it the easiest way possible.  A lot of Do it Yourself websites suggest creating a bleach solution to remove mold or mildew from outdoor areas such as decks, roofing, siding and sidewalks. We are all for DIY cleaning projects, but we have a few reasons why bleach based products are not the best way to go. Wet & Forget is a no scrub, no rinse, no power washing alternative that is easier on the environment.

  1. Bleach based products require scrubbing and rinsing. Instructions for removing moss, mold and mildew with bleach based products are time intensive and require several steps. First you have to scrub the bleach product into the surface you want to clean. This involves using a stiff bristled brush. Plus, a lot of time on your hands and knees and a lot of elbow grease. After scrubbing, you have to rinse the product off the surface to prevent damage. Just the thought of this makes our knees hurt and our backs sore. Save yourself the hard work and use Wet & Forget. All you do is spray it on and walk away. No scrubbing, rinsing or elbow grease required. After that, let Mother Nature take care of the rest as Wet & Forget works with the wind and rain, gently cleaning away the moss, mold, mildew and algae.
  2. Bleach based products are harmful to surrounding vegetation and sprayer equipment. Bleach based products will harm any plants and vegetation they come in contact with near the outdoor surfaces you are cleaning, not to mention spotting up your clothes and damaging your sprayer equipment.  Wet & Forget is much gentler on surrounding vegetation and will not harm your sprayer equipment. A little common sense goes a long way when applying Wet & Forget. While Wet & Forget is not designed to be sprayed directly onto plants or vegetation, a simply rinse the plants down before and after the Wet & Forget application with water to protect them from overspray.
  3. Bleach based products are 10,000x more caustic. Wet & Forget has a pH of 8, which is almost neutral. For example, water is neutral and has a pH of 7. Bleach based products have a pH of around 12.  This means that bleach based products are 10,000 times more caustic than Wet & Forget. This is why bleach based products harm surrounding vegetation, sprayer equipment and the even the surfaces you are trying to clean.
  4. According to the American Public Health Association Resolution No 3904: Virtually all chlorinated organic compounds studied exhibit at least one of a wide range of serious toxic effects such as endocrine dysfunction, developmental impairment, birth defects, reproductive dysfunction and infertility, immunosuppression, and cancer, often at extremely low doses.

When cleaning up outdoor moss, mold, mildew and algae, work smarter, not harder by using Wet & Forget.  It’s easy to apply, gentle on the environment and gives you more time to sit back and relax. Simply spray and forget about it! Find Wet & Forget at a store near you.

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14 comments:

  1. Ken Heist

    Can I use this product on my driveway and walkway? I assume neither surface has been sealed.

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    1. Wet And Forget

      Hi Ken,

      Thanks for your inquiry! Wet & Forget can be used on any outdoor surface where you have moss, mold, mildew and algae. It is safe for all types of driveways and walkways. If you have any further questions or concerns, please let us know.

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  2. Richard Pernicano

    I used Wet & Forget on the steps leading up to the deck on my house which is on the North side of the house (which were really black with whatever). How often should I redo the application since it is REALLY bad on that side? Also, I used it on my lanai in Florida, and my neighbor says it is getting much better…part was always in the rain and had lots of mildew on it!!

    Thanks,
    Rich

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    1. Wet And Forget

      Hi Rich,

      Thanks for letting us know how Wet & Forget worked on your lanai. We love to hear from our customers! For your steps where you have an extreme case of black mold or mildew, you only need to apply Wet & Forget once (as long as you saturated the surface well with the product), but it takes some time to work. We usually say at least 2 months for extreme cases.

      If the steps are made of wood, you can agitate the area with a stiff bristled brush after a rainfall about one month after application. This may help the process along. Otherwise, it just takes time and contact with rain.

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  3. Maureen Bennett

    Can I use Wet & Forget in a plastic sprayer that says don’t use bleach or any other caustic liquid in it?

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    1. Wet And Forget

      Maureen,

      As long as you’re using a pump-up sprayer and NOT a hose-end sprayer, you should be fine. Linked below is an article we wrote on the topic. Let us know if you have any other questions. Thank you!

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  4. Becky

    Can you use Wet & Forget on clapboard houses to remove mold? If so, is it the same way you would houses with wood or vinyl siding? It won’t hurt the paint will it?

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    1. Wet And Forget

      Hi Becky,

      Thanks for your inquiry. Wet & Forget is a pH 8 product and will not harm any outdoor surface you apply it to. It is safe on clapboards and you would apply it the same way as for wood or vinyl siding. Wet & Forget will not damage the paint on the clapboards. If you have any further questions or concerns, please let us know.

      Thank you!

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  5. Jim

    HI!

    IS WET & FORGET SAFE FOR “PLASTIC” COMPOSITE DECKS (FAKE WOOD MADE FROM PLASTIC)? IT NEVER REALLY SAYS THIS EXPLICITLY. UNFORTUNATELY i DON’T KNOW THE MANUFACTURER OR MORE SPECIFICS ON THE MATERIAL.

    THANKS SO MUCH!

    JIM

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    1. Wet And Forget

      Hi Jim,
      Yes, Wet & Forget is safe to use on all types of composite decks. For best results, fully saturate the entire deck and leave your application to dry. Over time, the wind and the rain will scrub and rinse the deck clean.

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  6. Helen

    Can you use this on a fifth wheel camper?

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    1. Wet And Forget

      Hi Helen!

      Yes, you can use Wet & Forget on a fifth wheel camper. If you have any after market stickers on your fifth wheel I would avoid spraying them, or cover them during application. Any before market stickers will be fine!

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  7. Ted

    Can I use this on marble grave stone marker? it has stains. Does it both clean and seal?

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    1. Wet and Forget

      Hi Ted,
      Wet & Forget is safe to use on a marble gravestone marker. It will not seal the surface but will clean up moss, mold, mildew, algae, or lichen growths and stains.

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