Almost everyone has heard Concrobium mentioned when it comes to mold remover products. It is one of the most widely used on the market.
Concrobium Mold Control claims to effectively eliminate existing mold, prevent mold re-growth and eliminate musty odors with no harmful chemicals. This is marketed as a no-scrub product.
How Does Concrobium Work?
You see, the active ingredients in Concrobium create a tri-salt polymer that is very alkaline. Mold does NOT like an environment with high alkalinity. When the formula is sprayed onto active mold growth, the solution’s molecules dehydrate and pull in on each other, which crushes the existing mold spores and their colonies. Even when the solution has dried and remains in place over the mold-affected area for several months, it continues to leave a lasting alkaline barrier that prevents the possibility of mold regrowth. Once the mold is dried, it can no longer continue to grow.
Concrobium works on drywall, wood, composite wood, plastic, concrete, siding, shakes, metal, brick, stone, tile, grout, stucco, fabric, furniture, upholstery, flooring, and many more surfaces.
You can use it as a spray or in a fogger.
- Sodium Carbonate
- Trisodium Phosphate
- Alkali Metal Carbonate
Pros of Concrobium
- Kills mold at the root
- Prevents mold on surfaces
- Easy to use
- Non toxic
- Environmentally friendly
- Various formulas to best suit your needs
- It can safely be used in a mold fogger
- Ready to use – no dilution required
Cons of Concrobium
- Although it does prevent mold growth it only works on the surface and doesn’t address mold that might have made its way deeper inside building materials or furnishings.
- In order for Concrobium to effectively prevent mold it must stay on the surface of whatever you applied it to. This means that if the surface does get cleaned or wet you need to reapply it.
- Does not eliminate mycotoxins.
Toxic or Non-Toxic
Totally non-toxic. Trisodium Phosphate does carry some small risk of increasing asthma symptoms but the amount used in Concrobium is quite small and shouldn’t pose much of a risk.
Final Verdict on Concrobium Mold Control
I like Concrobium. While it is still safer to physically remove mold, Concrobium encapsulates mold and then dries it out rendering it “dead.” I’ve used it in the past successfully and would use it again in the future. I think this is a great product to use in places like attics, basements, and crawlspaces as part of a mold prevention plan.
I prefer to remove the impacted material and THEN treat the area with Concrobium. The big pitfall for me is that mycotoxins are still in play with this product. If you have mold you have a strong chance of mycotoxins and I prefer to reduce them with the EC3 mold solution.