Acetone against mold

Acetone is a solvent that is not only used in industry and crafts. It can also be found in many private households. Since it is basically used for cleaning, often raises the question of whether acetone would be suitable against mold. Below you will find out if and how you can use acetone against mold.

Acetone, a natural solvent

Acetone is a solvent that also occurs in nature. This is how it is when fermenting fruits, even the human body can produce it. Nevertheless, acetone also carries various risks. Also, the disposal of acetone must not be done simply on household waste or wastewater.

Uses of acetone

On the skin acetone leads to a dry, brittle surface. It degreases the skin. Subsequent injuries result so much faster. In addition, acetone can be used for many operations, which also quickly show that the use against mold is only partially possible:

  • as a solvent against resins
  • as a solvent against synthetic resin
  • as a solvent for fats and oils
  • for the production of polymers and PMMA (acrylic glass)
  • as a plastic adhesive

Plastics and acetone

In particular, as a plastic adhesive is to be considered that acetone attacks various plastics. Polystyrene, better known by the colloquially used brand name Styrofoam, is completely decomposed by acetone. This also applies to polyurethane. Therefore, Acewton will use for cleaning foam or PU spray guns.

Paints, copper and acetone

But it is also suitable for stripping resinous colors. In other words, you must not apply acetone to paints and varnishes. It can also attack copper. If you want to use acetone against mold, this is basically possible. However, you can see for yourself that the list of substances is relatively long, on which you can not use acetone because it destroys or attacks them.

Health concerns with acetone

In addition, when using acetone for mildew, inhalation may cause dizziness and even loss of consciousness. Although acetone is not carcinogenic, as is often assumed, it can certainly damage one's health. Especially if you want to use acetone against mildew indoors, you should always take that into account.

Acetone is also highly flammable in the air

In addition, acetone is also highly flammable. The vapors are even more easily ignited in the air. If larger mold stains are to be removed, the risk of ignition increases in non-ventilated rooms. Thus it can be stated that acetone is basically suitable for removing mold.

Instead of acetone it is better to use other anti-mold agents

On the other hand, the limitations are so great (other substances being attacked, health risks, risk of ignition) that you may want to resort to less dangerous products. Of course, you can continue to use acetone as a nail polish remover, because the amounts required here are extremely small and therefore not too risky.

Tips & Tricks

Because of the special properties, and since numerous substances are attacked, we have also provided in the house journal a detailed guide to acetone and plastic for you.

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