Water is needed to support life - but when there's too much of it inside your home, it can cause the growth of mold and mildew, fungi that thrive in moist environments. A new innovation from Zep Inc., a manufacturer of cleaning and maintenance solutions, uses a primary ingredient that's simple and totally renewable: Chitosan, an antimicrobial by-product of shrimp, lobster and crab shells.

In this video, you'll learn how Zep Commercial Clear Shell works and why it's a more environmentally-friendly choice than harsh products like bleach, ammonia and phosphates.

Mold and mildew can be a serious problem. Over time, they digest and destroy organic material, including the surfaces in and around your home. Decks, furniture, siding, walls and more can deteriorate and create an unhealthy environment when colonized with mold and mildew spores, contributing to serious health problems like skin, eye and respiratory issues.

Chitosan occurs naturally in the shells of crustaceans - parts that are not edible, and would normally just be thrown away. When sprayed onto clean surfaces, Zep Commercial Clear Shell creates an invisible, long-lasting antimicrobial shield that will prevent the growth of mold and mildew without the use of harmful ingredients.

It can be used on indoor and outdoor surfaces including wood, carpet, concrete, stone, stucco, vinyl, plastic and more. Zep Commercial Clear Shell should be used after any pre-existing mold has been thoroughly cleaned.

Not only is Chitosan renewable and environmentally-friendly, it's also more effective than other mold and mildew preventatives. Third-party testing on vinyl and wood found that Zep Commercial Clear Shell minimized mold and mildew outbreaks. Learn more at ZepClearShell.com.