The Difference Between Mold and Mildew


If you’ve ever read the back of a bottle of tub and shower cleaner, you made have noticed the words mold and mildew. I’ll be honest, for years I always assumed those two words meant the same thing. While they are similar, there is a difference.

Mold is a type of fungus that produces growth on various types of moist or decaying surfaces. It can grow on leather, clothing, walls, ceilings, and food or almost anywhere that moisture is present. It can often be identified by its color, which can range in blues, greens, blacks and reds. While some mold is harmless, some can be toxic and cause health problems in both humans and animals.

Mildew is also a type of fungus that grows on moist surfaces. However, mildew is generally found in showers, bathtubs and windowsills. It can be identified by its color of gray or white. Mildew is also more distinct since it can only take on a powdery or fuzzy form.  Although mildewing surfaces are not toxic, they can cause problems for people who are allergic to mold.

The best way for black mold removal and to minimize these types of fungus is by keeping the areas dry where moisture accumulates. If you already have a fungi problem, there are many products available on the market specifically designed to tackle the problem. If you’re worried about chemicals, there are also eco-friendly products available.

To prevent mold and mildew outbreaks, you should invest in a dehumidifier and open windows when possible. You may also want to consider installing an exhaust fan in both the kitchen and in the bathroom. And remember to always protect yourself by wearing rubber gloves and a mask when cleaning mold and mildew.