I have owned and operated a water damage restoration company since 1999 and believe this Concrobium Mold Control review will prove helpful to homeowners who want to do-it-themselves, as well as mold removal professionals. I am an IICRC certified mold remediation technician (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a non-profit organization for the cleaning and restoration industry). For years I never used anything but a biocide to remove and clean mold on structural materials that I intended to salvage. The downside to this particular product was that it was toxic, required complete occupant evacuation (even pets), and required the use of respirators and protective clothing for my technicians who were applying the product. Today, homeowners and mold remediation specialists are both becoming more and more aware that it is a bad idea to add toxic chemicals to any indoor environment.
Using a biocide to kill mold is now considered by many professionals to be an old fashioned method. Besides that, dead mold, when left behind, is still a possible danger to people that are sensitive to mold, mold spores, and the mycotoxins they produce. Although I continue to use a biocide in certain cases, I have now added Concrobium Mold Control to my arsenal of mold elimination products. Concrobium Mold Control contains no bleach or harmful chemicals. It will work on wood, laminates, concrete, siding, and many other surfaces, and is non-toxic.
There is one particular mold remediation project that comes to mind in which I used Concrobium Mold Control during the remediation process. I did a mold remediation in a home that was built in 1901. This home had a third story that was actually an attic. It was over 8 feet high in the center and you could easily walk upright in it. One side of the attic’s unfinished ceiling was mold free. The other side was spotted everywhere with mold. I didn’t want to tear off one entire side of the roof, especially since the owner made her living babysitting children daily in the home.
Concrobium Mold Control can be purchased in spray bottles and aerosol cans, but for this job we poured gallon containers into pump-up sprayers and then applied the product to the inside of the roofing material. Since no special clothing or ventilation is required concerning occupants, we felt safe using it in the attic with the access door closed, while the owner and the children remained on the first and second floors of the home. As a safety precaution against mold exposure, we wore N-95 full-face respirators and gloves while applying the product. The Concrobium was allowed to dry and we did not wipe it off. As Concrobium Mold Control dries it creates a barrier that kills, then contains the mold, then acts to prevent the re-growth of any mold.
Another recent remediation project that I used Concrobium Mold Control on was a concrete block basement. The basement walls had been painted with a latex paint and this became the food source for the mold (latex is an organic compound). That and the added humidity caused by the owners turning off the HVAC system during the humid summer months. The house had been empty for several months due to a family member’s passing. Mold started growing down low on the painted concrete block walls. We obviously couldn’t remove the concrete blocks, so I decided to use Concrobium Mold Control.
We vacuumed the walls with a HEPA vacuum and then used our pump-up sprayers to apply Mold Control to the concrete walls. After allowing the Mold Control to dry, we set up a dehumidifier to remove any excess moisture. The end results were great. We later applied a coat of new paint and the owners were very pleased. The house was put on the market, sold, and the basement passed a home inspection with flying colors. See the pictures below.
Don’t think that this product should only be used on structural components in the home. It will also work great on furniture, fabrics, boats, and seat covers and cushions. Before using Mold Control on any type of furniture and fabrics make sure to test it in an inconspicuous area first.
One of the only negative things I can say about Concrobium Mold Control, and this is a very minor concern in regards to remediating mold, is that it has no effect, whatsoever, on the stains caused by the mold. Since Concrobium contains no bleach or whitening agents, it will do nothing to alleviate any staining that has taken place over time. Sometimes, people tend to associate the mold’s staining with an incomplete or an imperfect mold removal process, which is not necessarily true in all cases. Concrobium does, however, make a mold stain remover called Mold Stain Eraser. Because people still see a stain, they are tempted to wipe or scrub the affected areas. This ruins the shield barrier that helps to keep any of the molds from returning.
Mold Control can be found at many home improvement stores and on Amazon. A 2-pack of spray bottles generally cost around $25. The aerosol version is about $10 and by the gallon it runs about $35. There is another Concrobium product available on Amazon called Mold Stain Eraser that can remove the stains that may be left behind. It contains no bleach and can be used outside as well as inside. It retails for around $25.
Concrobium Mold Control is a versatile product that will work well on a variety of different materials and surfaces. It can effectively eliminate mold and then it helps to prevent the mold from returning by creating an invisible shield or barrier. It has several different methods with which it can be applied; by aerosol, spray bottles, and for larger areas it can purchased by the gallon and used in an ULV fogger. If your mold problem encompasses a larger area, it would be wise to get a free mold consultation, or just some free qualified advice, from a local mold expert. These experts have been pre-screened and are licensed mold remediators. Just follow the link to get a list of local experts.
Written by Mark Huey.