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MOLD VS. MILDEW: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

mold vs mildew whats the difference

Mold is a pain. It’s unsightly. It stains so many household items. And if you’re allergic to it, that’s a whole other story. Pressure washing a moldy fence, roof, or driveway is just half the battle.

While a good blast a couple of times a year will remove the surface contaminants that come with mold, it’s important to take the next step — to actually scrub the area with an eco-friendly detergent that will destroy the microorganisms that manifest themselves in the form of that grayish-black stain.

Products abound if you decide to take the DIY approach. But in the end, and especially if mold has lodged itself in your siding, on your roof, or in other spots around your home or business, one thing is certain: It’s best to contact a professional pressure washing company.

While most, if not all, pressure washing businesses offer the same basic menu of offerings, it’s vital to ask specific questions when considering mold removal. Examples would include:

  • What kind of chemicals do you use?
  • How will my plants and shrubs be impacted?
  • Do you guarantee the mold stains will be removed?
  • If the mold comes back, what should I do?

Noteworthy pressure washing companies such as Absolute Cleaning Services will sit down with you and address these and other concerns when tailoring a plan to meet your mold removal request, whether you require driveway cleaning or commercial cleaning.

Not everyone has the tools and training to perform this all-important task. It’s important to ask about whether the most advanced methods will be used to wash away the mold and be effective in keeping it from coming back.

Is There A Difference Between Mold And Mildew?

Actually yes, there is. The difference chief between mold and mildew is the color and the actual fungus it represents.

Mold manifests itself largely as black, blue, red, and green, while mildew is a form of fungus that shows up as white spots. Both mold and mildew emit an odor that is especially impactful on those who suffer from a mold allergy. Headaches, wheezing, and congestion are just a few of the symptoms that result from even short-term exposure to these allergens.

Beware Of Black Mold: The Silent Killer

Do we even want to address the issue of black mold? Occasionally dubbed “The Silent Killer,” this is a very dangerous contaminant that, if left untreated, can wreak havoc on you and your family. It often lurks in spaces where moisture is present, usually in and around showers. It will seep between the walls of your home and act somewhat stealthily.

Black mold removal is an intense and expensive proposition. So pressure washing and soft washing the exterior of your home is something you can do to ensure mold doesn’t find a way to make you and your loved ones miserable.

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