Name a homeowner’s arch nemesis. Pests? Sure. Hail? Maybe. Mold? Most definitely, yes. Once you have a mold problem, it can be tough to solve. Mold attaches itself to surfaces quickly, spreads even more rapidly, and its effects are far-reaching.
Besides wreaking havoc on your respiratory system, it can leave stains behind. After you’ve removed mold itself, you’ll probably need something to handle the stain it left behind.
Rmr-86 promises to remove even hard to clean, set in mold stains, but can it deliver? There’s only one way to find out. Let’s break it all down in our Rmr-86 review.
What Is Rmr-86?
Rmr-86 was created by disaster restoration specialists who wanted something to remove tough mold stains without killing your arm scrubbing. Mold stain removal frequently involves things like sand-blasting or wire brushing, which doesn’t sound very fun.
They thought there had to be a better, easier way. The formula for Rmr-86 is designed to lift the stain from a variety of surfaces without scrubbing. The stains disappear before your eyes (or so they claim), leaving you with a refreshed surface.
Where Can I Use It?
It’s safe for most surfaces though we always suggest doing a small spot test before you go spraying it all over.
The list of surfaces includes wood, concrete, tile, drywall, vinyl, siding, and just about any other surface in your house. It’s suitable for interior and exterior stains, provided you have proper ventilation.
How Long Does It Take?
The company claims it will remove stains in 15 seconds or fewer. In our experience, that proved true. The stain we tried didn’t stand much of a chance.
How Does It Work?
It uses an industrial grade bleach product to kill the mold and lift the stain. Sodium hypochlorite is very effective at cleaning.
Although it kills mold and removes stains, it’s not a mold inhibitor. It’s a bit like a nuclear option. You spray it on, and it blasts mold, but the mold is going to come back if you have a problem area. If you’re looking for a permanent solution to deal with your mold once and for all, this isn’t going to be the right product.
How Do I Use It?
It doesn’t need to be diluted or prepared. It comes in a spray bottle, so you just spray it on your problem area, wait a little bit, and wipe it off.
You’ll also need to be in a well-ventilated area because the fumes are a nightmare. If your mold is in an area that’s not well ventilated, you might need a different plan. Don’t put yourself at risk trying to get in and get out without inhaling the fumes. It won’t work.
What Are The Benefits?
Mold stain removal can get really in depth. Sanding, going over the area with a wire brush, icing? None of that sounds like a fun weekend.
The benefit to Rmr-86 is that it works really fast. If you’re planning to paint soon, for example, you could clean off the stains, allow it to dry, and have a pristine surface to work on in a matter of hours.
What Are The Downsides?
As we mentioned, this stuff is noxious. You practically need to wear a hazmat suit to use it. Don’t think you can spray it on and just walk away like you can with other household cleaners. This is industrial strength, and you take the risk accordingly.
It’s sold to consumers, but it’s a commercial style product. This isn’t a casual cleaner either. You need to take a lot of precautions if you’re going to keep it in your house. It could prove to be too much of a hassle to keep it in your house long term. Plus, the shelf life once opened is only about six months.
So where do we stand? Here’s a quick look:
We recommend it for:
If you’re willing to take the responsibility of storing a product like this, it will lift most tough mold stains with minimal effort. The major trade-off is the fumes and the acidity.
Otherwise, it’s definitely an option for those stubborn stains and odors. It’s not a casual cleaning solution, but it does work better than a lot of its commercial competitors. We’re happy consumers over here.
Where’s your major mold issue? Would you be able to use a product like this to clear stains and odors or will ventilation be a problem? Side note: did you see the dry ice mold removal method? Let us know in the comments below.