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Mold Versus Mildew: What You Need to Know

Mold Versus Mildew: What You Need to Know

Though the words mold and mildew may be used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. They are actually very different and require very different techniques to get rid of them. Let us outline the difference between mold versus mildew.

First things first, what causes mold and mildew to appear? Both flourish under the right circumstances which include warm, humid environments. It’s because of this dampness that basements, kitchens and bathrooms are the most common places to find mold and mildew. 

What makes them so bad for you? Let’s start by saying that not all forms of mold and mildew are harmful. However, they can become harmful if not dealt with! Both of them grow and reproduce by creating spores which can easily be inhaled. This is when you have to worry, especially if there are people in at home with lung or breathing problems. Minor symptoms such as sneezing, red eyes, rashes on skin and excessive coughing can be caused by these spores. More serious symptoms can include skin infections, vomiting and chronic bronchitis. You can see it’s important to deal with mold and mildew sooner rather than later.

So, how do you know which is which? Mold and mildew do not look the same. Mold normally appears in circle-like formations and is more raised from the surface. Mildew looks more like a spill and is slimy in texture. As for colour, both can come in a variety of hues and can change over time. However, mold is often black, and mildew most often orange.

How can you prevent mold and mildew from appearing in your home? Use fans to ventilate damp areas like the bathroom and kitchen. Air purifiers trap any air-born debris as it passes through the filter, which can grab mold and mildew spores as well. We highly recommend using one with a HEPA filter for best results. This is due to the high quality standard a filter must perform at to be classified as such. For more information, take a look at our post about HEPA filters. If that doesn’t help, look for other causes of humidity in your home - leaky pipes, condensation build-up and poor ventilation are some common issues to look out for and fix.

Have you found mold in your house? There’s no need to panic. We’ve had many inquiries, however we leave this to the specialists. As for mildew - we can help! At Concierge Home Services, every one of our cleaners is has the product and tools to effectively clean mildew. Keep the mildew at bay and book a home cleaning with us today.


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