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Mold Mildew | Mildew and Mold

What is the difference between mold and mildew?  

The term mildew is often used interchangeably with mold.  Both refer to a type of fungus.  In a household environment people tend to use the term mildew when referring to fungal growth in bathrooms and showers, areas conducive to a flat growth habitat such as shower tiles and curtains.  Though unscientific, many of the household cleaners labeled for use in bathrooms are referred to ‘anti mildew’ or ‘mildew killer’. 

Additionally, the term mildew is often used to describe fungal growth on clothing. 

In horticulture and gardening, mildew is more narrowly defined as powdery mildew or downy mildew.  Both are plant based fungal growths. 

Mildew and mold are best understood as terms describing groups of fungi that tend to grow in certain habitats.  For clarity, most mold professionals primarily use the word mold rather than mildew. 

What is the best way to cleanup mold mildew problems?

  • The solution depends on where the mold mildew is located.  Minor areas of growth on hard surfaces such as bathroom tile can be cleaned with regular household cleaners.  Difficult surfaces such as carpeting often require professional mold mildew removal experts.

How do I remove mildew and mold odors from my home?

  • First you must determine the cause of the mold and mildew problem by identifying the underlying water leak.
  • Next, remove the mold mildew from your home.
  • Mold mildew odors can often be removed through dilution.  IAQ specialists often use the phrase, ‘dilution is the solution for pollution’.   This can be achieved by increasing the fresh air intake into your home.  Additionally, if your house uses forced air heating, take advantage of the filtration equipment already installed on your furnace.

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