In the June Q&A column, Mac Pearce advises soaking the wood in a bleach bath. Bleach does not kill mold — that’s a fallacy. Maybe it used to, but just as bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics, mold has become resistant to bleach. Even the EPA discourages the use of bleach to kill mold. Secondly, Mr. Pearce states that fogging is ineffective against mold. Again I disagree. I have been using two antimicrobial agents, Anabec and Benefect; I spray them on mold-covered surfaces, and they do kill the spores. We have also successfully used a cold plasma process in fire-restoration jobs to eradicate mold and odor without demolition.

There are new technologies available to us and it is time to stop using outdated and ineffective methods.

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