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Mold Vs. Mildew: What's The Difference?

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold and mildew are both types of fungi that are commonly found in homes. They thrive in moist environments, spread easily,  and can live on many surfaces which makes them very difficult to get rid of and clean. If they are not taken care of properly, harmful microorganisms can quickly affect your property, which could result in structural damage.

While mold and mildew are similar it is important to know their different characteristics to help with the cleaning and prevention of these household fungi.

What is Mildew?

Mildew is a specific type of mold. It is usually a thin dusting of a black, grey, or white growth appearing on fabric, upholstery and occasionally walls. The most commonly encountered kind of growth in homes is a grey-black powdery mildew and is easily recognizable. It is most commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. To identify mildew growth, check for a musty smell, change in color, and any areas that mildew might have eaten away.

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that contains multiple identical nuclei and grows in the form of black or green patches which penetrate beneath the surface of the affected material. It is often the result of a much larger infestation and can appear almost “fuzzy” or even slimy in nature. Mold growth requires moisture which could come from washing, cooking, condensation, or leaks from plumbing. Mold also releases small "spores" into the air. 

The key to treating mold and mildew is to remove it from your home immediately. If you find mold or mildew in your home be sure to call SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas for all of your mold remediation needs.