Before you begin cleaning up the fuzzy growth around a leaky pipe or in the corner of your shower, you need to figure out is it mold or mildew you’re dealing with. Although they look quite a lot alike, different cleaning methods work best to remove them.
And you definitely do want to clean them. Both mold and mildew can lead to health issues as well as cause structural damage to your home. Mold, in particular, can infiltrate drywall and wood where it then begins breaking down those materials. Mildew, on the other hand, tends to remain on the surface but can lead to a host of respiratory and skin issues if left in place.
Also see: How To Get Rid Of Mold In Showers
Is it mold or mildew?
Consult the following Mold Guide chart to figure out is it mold or mildew you’re dealing with, then use the recommended cleaning approach to be rid of it for good.
Also see: How To Remove Mold From Walls