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Differences between Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew are often believed to be the same substance, but that is not always the case. Mildew is a type of mold, but not all molds are mildew. They are both fungi that often live in moist, compact spaces. Mold and mildew are both a cause for concern in your home, as they can be threatening to your health.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the differences between the two.

Mold

Mold is usually a darker shade, and it tends to be fuzzy. According to CDC estimates, the number of mold species exceeds 10,000 and may be as high as 300,000. Most mold found in homes are one of these 4 types:

1) ALTERNARIA
This mold is dark brown and has a fuzzy or down-like texture.
Alternaria is typically found in carpets, window frames, and in air conditioners. This type of mold can also thrive in bedding, unlike the other types.

2) CLADOSPORIUM
There are over 30 species of this mold, 22 of which are known to cause health problems.
Cladosporium is identified by its powdery appearance and black or olive green color.

3) PENICILLIUM

You will find this mold often on bread or old cheese, but it also can be found in other unexpected places, such as wallpaper.
The fuzzy green or blue fungus commonly produces a strong musty odor.

4) STACHYBOTRYS
You have likely heard of this mold by its scary name : black mold. This slimy fungus is the most threatening to your health. Stachybotrys emits a noticeable musty smell and it thrives in damp places.

Mildew

Mildew tends to be on the lighter side in the early stages, turning darker as time goes on. It is also a powdery, flat substance, unlike mold. It occurs commonly on plants and vegetables, but is not limited to those surfaces. Mildew has the ability to grow on any organic material, such as paper or wood.

The two most common types of mildew are:

1. POWDERY MILDEW
You can recognize powdery mildew because it is white at first, and darkens with age.

2. DOWNY MILDEW
This type of mildew is yellow, eventually turning brown.

If you’re struggling with mold and need someone to come take a look, call Paradise Cleaning 24/7 at (401) 849-6644 or request an estimate. We have a certified mold removal team and have done this work for decades.

Don’t wait! The longer mold sits, the more it will spread, and it can spread rather quickly.

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