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Old 10-30-07, 09:21 AM
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Feedback about mold removal

There is a product on the market called Concrobium. It appears new and is intended as Mold remediation. Has anyone have experience using this product? It is non-bleach which is good but as with all new things, there may not be much of a set of "true" testimonials out there.

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Old 10-30-07, 09:22 PM
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Al,

I would suggest that giving testimonials any weight when deciding on a purchase is opening yourself to being duped by either outright deceit or at best by people who themselves have not fully researched the product.

If you were to look at the MSDS for Concrobium you would see that it is 95% Sodium Carbonate which is simple washing soda.

Here is a quote from Wikipedia with reference to Sodium Carbonate:
"When mixed with water and put in a spray bottle it's sold for its anti mold cleaning ability."

Not saying there is anything is wrong with Concrobium just that there may be a cheaper way of doing the same thing.
 
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Old 10-31-07, 05:21 AM
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Al,

I would suggest that giving testimonials any weight when deciding on a purchase is opening yourself to being duped by either outright deceit or at best by people who themselves have not fully researched the product.
And that is why I put the questions out there on forums such as these. Testimonials are weighted against facts and supporting data. I was merely pointing out that the product appeared new from the lack of feedback and testimonials.

If you were to look at the MSDS for Concrobium you would see that it is 95% Sodium Carbonate which is simple washing soda.
I DID see that! In fact, looking further it seems that "soda blasting" is a form or mold remdiation as a hired service.


Not saying there is anything is wrong with Concrobium just that there may be a cheaper way of doing the same thing.
I agree. Do you have an example?
 
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Bleach and water is the cheap (and very effective) alternative.
 
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MSDS for Concrobium

Originally Posted by GregH View Post
If you were to look at the MSDS for Concrobium you would see that it is 95% Sodium Carbonate which is simple washing soda.
It's actually less than 1%

From the MSDS page:
Active Ingredient: Sodium Carbonate 0.95% w/w

But there's some other voodoo going on with their "proprietary" ingredients. Either way, I'll try the old-fashioned stuff in the form of washing soda, Borax, Peroxide etc. I think Chlorine bleach while being in the "old-fashioned" category is a little harsh to be using indoors, especially in a basement with limited ventilation and living space above.
 
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Old 10-31-07, 09:44 PM
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10% bleach to water solution is fine for killing mold and mildew and doesn't have much respiratory irritating ability, especially if you have any ventilation at all.
 
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Yes, it is less than 1%............my mistake.
Best I can tell is that the balance of the product is water.

A cheaper way would be to add a couple of tablespoons of Borax to a gallon of water.
 
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Originally Posted by GregH View Post
Yes, it is less than 1%............my mistake.
Best I can tell is that the balance of the product is water.

A cheaper way would be to add a couple of tablespoons of Borax to a gallon of water.
Do you prefer Borax to Washing Soda? My goal is (hopefully) to eradicate the mold hoping that it is not too deep into the sub-floor. I mean, there's no mushroom like things growing on there (I've seen some pretty nasty example pictures of that) but I hope to kill it from the root of the growth.
 
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Mold is usually a sign of moisture issues and poor ventilation. Are you saying you have a wood subfloor over a concrete basement floor?

Many tend to recommend Borax laundry detergent as a natural mold remover. The washing soda is also effective. Do not rinse after spraying on surfaces.

If moisture, humidity, ventilation issues are not addressed, the mold will return.
 
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Concrobium

We contacted a professional company and they recommended Concrobium. They stated by using bleach, after the chemical break-down, it serves to feed the mold and will come back even heavier. I'm going to give this a try on the mold that has appeared on the inside of the poured foundation of our attached garage. The inside walls do not have any mold .. only the outside walls.

I picked some up at Home Depot today on my lunch hour .. $8.96 for a 32 oz bottle.
 
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Again, Concrobium is just sodium carbonate or washing soda.
 
 

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