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Fungicide

A fungicide is a chemical compound used to eradicate fungi. The term is most commonly connected with fungus control in agriculture, such as crops, gardens, and landscaping. Chemicals manufactured for these purposes are too hazardous for use by people who have not been trained how to handle and apply them.

 

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Inside the home, fungicides are associated with the removal of two types of fungi, mildew and mold. In most cases, common cleaning chemicals such as solutions of water and chlorine bleach, or water and sodium borate (borax), will kill fungi blooms effectively. Denatured alcohol will also remove mildew and mold effectively when used as a spot cleaner on certain surfaces, such as leather.

To clean up fungi on household surfaces, wipe one of the following solutions onto blooms with a sponge or soft cloth, allow it to work for several minutes, and then wipe thoroughly with clean water. Dry all treated surfaces thoroughly. Use adequate ventilation when working with bleach; an exhaust fan or portable fan left running after you finish the job will also help speed drying.

Caution:
Use only one method. Never mix cleaning chemicals together, particularly those containing bleach, in an effort to boost effectiveness.

Bleach method: Mix one part chlorine bleach with five parts water. This method works well on surfaces such as ceramic tile, grout, metal plumbing fixtures, or vinyl flooring. Don’t use bleach solution on acrylic or solid-surface fixtures, hardwood floors, painted walls, or wallpaper to prevent permanent discoloration or damage.

Borax method: Mix 2 oz. (60 ml) borax powder into 1 pint (475 ml) water. Borax is mildly abrasive, so avoid using it on chrome or brass plumbing fixtures.

 

 

Fungicide:  Created on November 3rd, 2009.  Last Modified on March 31st, 2010

 

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