Fast Facts About Bleach

Bleach is a common household item that is often misused in both residential and commercial settings causing an unhealthy environment and damaging surfaces and equipment. Here is what you need to know about bleach:

  1. Bleach is a whitener and when used correctly kills many types of germs and bacteria.
  2. Bleach is effective in combatting mold but only on smooth non-porous surfaces. When used on grout and caulk it will whiten the mold but will not eliminate it.
  3. Bleach does not contain surfactants and therefore is not a cleaner.
  4. When bleach is introduced to ammonia it creates chloramine gas which is hazardous to humans and animals. Urine contains ammonia as do cleaners containing Quaternary Ammonium, neither of which should come into contact with bleach.
  5. When beach is combined with common dish detergents it can create Mustard Gas which is also hazardous to humans and animals.
  6. Bleach deteriorates quickly. Once the bottle is open and air is introduced to the product the efficacy will be reduced by 50% in 90 days.
  7. Bleach is extremely corrosive and will break down and eventually destroy metal surfaces such as kitchen equipment and drain hardware.

Rust on Prep Table
Prep Table Cleaned with Bleach

Bleach has many practical uses but only when used properly. If you have questions about the use of bleach or other professional cleaning chemicals please contact Imperial Dade. We have experienced consultants who can perform a complimentary assessment of your cleaning products and practices. Visit us at www.ImperialDade.com.

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