If you’ve read our post on how much mold is too much, it may have triggered a question. Sure, there can be too much mold, but what about mildew? That slimy, gross stuff that shows up on shower curtains and other damp places. Is there a limit to that? And what exactly is it?
Consulting the dictionary, we get a somewhat vague answer:
Definition of mildew
(Entry 1 of 2)
1a : a superficial usually whitish growth produced especially on organic matter or living plants by fungi (as of the families Erysiphaceae and Peronosporaceae)
So, mildew is a growth. But a growth of what, exactly?
You might be surprised to learn that mildew is, well… mold. “Mildew” is just another term for a type of fungal growth, which includes molds of various types and varieties. There are all kinds of “species” of mold that grow in different environments and under different conditions. The basics are generally the same: warm, wet, dark- but the specifics may vary. They’re all microscopic fungal growth that take the form of multicellular filaments referred to has hyphae.
If mildew is the same as mold, how can it be dealt with? Again, the answer is simple. Prevention of mildew is just like prevention of mold:
- Be aware of sources of spores brought into the space
- Address dampness, leaks, or pooling water
- Keep air circulating, especially in steamy bathrooms
- Keep an eye on “high risk” areas that get little sunlight
- Address any spots of mildew quickly, before they have a chance to spread
- Regularly wash linens that may be getting damp, like curtains, towels, and rugs
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