Mold and mildew have both earned reputations as major household hassles. Both are fungi, but there’s nothing fun about either of them. From causing flaking tile grout to allergies, mold and mildew are never welcome guests in any home. But while the two are similar, they’re not the same—and when it comes to eradicating either, the key is to know thine enemy.

Mildew—The Lesser of Two Evils

If mold and mildew were a pair of movie villains, mildew would be the clumsy, less lethal sidekick. Mildew usually appears as a powdery, white surface fungi that can sometimes have a yellow tinge. Mildew can usually be treated with a store-bought cleaner and a scrub brush, but if left alone it can grow into bigger issues. It’s best to treat it before it gets out of hand.

Mold—The Serious Offender

If you’re seeing patches of black, red, green, or brown, chances are that you’re dealing with mold. And if you’ve got mold, it’s often part of a larger infestation that is causing structural damage on your home. For some, mold also causes allergic reactions, leading to asthma, eye problems, or recurring headaches. Needless to say, if you’re dealing with mold, you need to treat it ASAP.

Treating Mold and Mildew Infestations

If your mold or mildew infestation is small and keeps to the surface, you may be able to treat it yourself with a store-bought cleaner. When treating mold or mildew, it’s important to work in as ventilated area as possible—open your doors and windows, and turn on a fan. It’s a good idea to wear a mask and glove to protect yourself from toxic chemicals.

If you’re not sure how bad the problem is, or if your infestation has grown and goes deeper than the surface, you may want to consider hiring a mold removal service. Look for a company like Green Home Solutions that uses natural products to address your mold problem—that way, you can rest easy knowing your family and pets aren’t exposed to harmful chemicals. Whether you’re dealing with mold or mildew, we’re here to help you get rid of the problem, in as little as 2-5 days!