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The Difference Between Mildew and Mold

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Can you tell what the difference between mold and mildew are?  Let SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio help clarify!   The two both have a couple of matching characteristics.   Mold and mildew are both fungi that thrive on moisture, warm areas and can grow on many different surfaces.  However, there are a few differences between the two.

Mildew is a surface fungus that can easily be identified as a patch of gray or white fungus and may turn brown.  It is not as invasive or as troublesome as mold and is a bit easier to eliminate than mold.  Products such as bleach or vinegar should help do the trick to knock it out. 

Mold, however, can be hard to spot and be a little trickier.  If you notice a foul smell in your home or business, then there is a chance you have mold hiding around.  The appearance of mold may be green or black.  It can sometimes come across looking like a small patch of dirt or may appear fuzzier or darker than mildew.  If mold is spotted, there is a chance that more mold is hidden and not in sight. 

It is important if you spot mold and/or mildew that they get treated immediately.  The faster addressing the issue the less potential damage may be caused in your home or business.  If you have mold concerns in your home or business, give the mold experts a call here at SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio (210) 653-4651.

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