What Is The Difference Between Mold & Mildew?

While it is not beneficial to have any sort of fungi and bacteria growing in your home, it can help to know what sort of situation you are dealing with and how to remediate the process! Read our blog for some insight on the difference between mold and mildew!


One of the easiest ways to differentiate the two is by their appearance.


Mold tends to be green or black and it usually grows underneath the surface of anything that has gotten wet. The texture of molds can be fuzzy or slimy.


Mildew is usually white, gray, or sometimes yellow and grows on the surface of moist, warm areas.

Where it Grows


Molds can affect a variety of surfaces such as wood, flooring, ceilings, roofs, as well as food like cheese, bread, or meat are prime locations mold can be found. In addition to food, molds can also be found in indoor or outdoor areas that may have gotten wet such as crawl spaces and garages.


Mildew will commonly be found on items that have damp surfaces such as fabric, paper, or food. They can also be found on floors, walls, or ceiling where humidity can be pretty high such as bathrooms, kitchens, or basements. Mildew can also be found in some food such as potatoes or grapes,

Effects On People & Surfaces

Mold and mildew can have a variety of different effects on surfaces and humans based on where they grow and how people unknowingly interact with it.


Mold growth in your home can quickly become a serious issue as mold can damage entire structures, such as homes, vehicles, and it also has the potential to cause prolonged health issues.

Common symptoms of mold can include respiratory issues, heart problems, joint pain, migraines, fatigue, and depression. If you are allergic to mold you may experience symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and irritation of the eyes, throat, and skin.


Mildew most commonly effects any food that it grows on, but does not damage other surface that can’t be removed with a cloth, Anyone who inhales mildew spores may start coughing, get a headache or have trouble breathing, so this fungus can present some health issues.

Contact Us For Mold & Germ Remediation Services

If there are signs of mold, calling removal professionals like Mold Doctors is your best possible solution. If you see mold, mold remediation should be applied to ensure that your home or business is free of mold or toxins. Questions? Reach out to us today for a free quote or call us directly at (508) 534–9091. We are proud to serve Yarmouth, Dennis, Barnstable, and the rest of Cape Cod & South Shore Area.

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