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New Zep Commercial(R) Clear Shell(TM) Mold and Mildew Inhibitor Protects Surfaces With Antimicrobial By-Product of Crabs

ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/03/12 -- Zep Inc. (NYSE: ZEP), a leading producer and marketer of a wide range of cleaning and maintenance solutions, today introduces Zep Commercial® Clear Shell™ as the preeminent barrier for safely preventing mold and mildew growth on virtually any surface. Featuring Chitosan, an antimicrobial by-product of crab shells as its primary ingredient, Clear Shell™ provides unmatched protection against mold and mildew and other bacterial growth that can cause home damage and health issues.

"Clear Shell provides an environmentally-friendly alternative to other mold and mildew prevention products that are less effective, but use harsh ingredients like bleach, ammonia and phosphates that can be harmful to people and the environment," said John Callahan, Zep Commercial® Marketing Director. "In addition, third-party testing on vinyl and wood found that Clear Shell minimized mold and mildew outbreaks that often result in costly home repairs and preventable health problems."

Application Process
The proper application of Zep Commercial Clear Shell dries to form an invisible antimicrobial barrier against mold and mildew growth on indoor and outdoor surfaces including wood, carpet, concrete, stone, stucco, vinyl, plastic and more.

Consumers should consider the following directions when using Clear Shell:

1. Fix leaks and water sources and reduce humidity as much as feasible before conducting the clean-up.
2. Use Zep Commercial® Mold & Mildew Stain Remover or All-In-One Premium Pressure Washer Concentrate to remove mold from hard surfaces.
3. Completely dry the surface and remove absorbent or porous surfaces that have been significantly damaged.
4. Do not paint or caulk over a moldy surface.
5. Spray Clear Shell on surface in smooth, even strokes, holding sprayer 6 to 12 inches from surface.
6. Allow to dry before using the surface.

For larger, more intensive mold and mildew projects, a remediation expert is recommended.

Zep Commercial Clear Shell is available in 32-ounce and one-gallon containers, which can cover up to 375 square-feet and 1500 square-feet respectively, at retailers, home improvement centers and hardware stores nationwide. Consumers and professionals can learn more about Clear Shell at www.zepclearshell.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ZepCommercial and on www.Twitter.com/ZepCommercial.

The Zep Commercial line provides professional strength cleaning and maintenance solutions to small businesses and to homeowners who want to clean like a professional. Zep Commercial products have won industry-wide recognition, including the Golden Hammer Award from Home Channel News magazine.

About Zep Inc.

Zep Inc., with fiscal 2011 net sales of $646 million, is a leading producer and marketer of a wide range of cleaning and maintenance solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional, and consumer end-markets. Zep Inc.'s product portfolio includes anti-bacterial and industrial hand care products, cleaners, degreasers, deodorizers, disinfectants, floor finishes, sanitizers, and pest and weed control products, as well as high performance products and professional grade chemical products for the automotive, fleet maintenance, industrial/MRO supply, institutional supply and motorcycle markets. We market these products and services under well recognized and established brand names, such as Zep®, Zep Commercial®, Zep Professional™, Enforcer®, National Chemical®, Selig™, Misty®, Next Dimension™, Petro®, i-Chem®, TimeMist®, TimeWick, MicrobeMax™, Country Vet®, Konk™, Niagara National™, Washtronics, Washtronics of America, Forward Chemicals, Rexodan®, and a number of private labeled brands. Some of Zep's brands have been in existence since the Company's 1937 founding. Zep Inc. is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit our website at www.zepinc.com.

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