by Emily McBride
(last updated November 5, 2018)
Most homes today have occasional problems with mildew. Wherever it is hard to keep an area dry or keep air circulating, you may see this mold start to grow. Mildew is a type of mold that can either be black or white, and it usually spreads in thin layers. You can find mildew in gardens, in basements, in bathrooms, and on windowsills, but most commonly, you will struggle with mildew in bathrooms. Not only is mildew obnoxious, but it can be harmful. It is important to continually get rid of your mildew so that it can eat away at the surface it is on. The toxins in mildew can also cause allergies or respiratory problems.
The best way to keep your home mildew-free is to try to prevent and stay on top of it. Here are some suggestions on how to prevent mildew:
While it is best to try to prevent mildew, sometimes it grows anyway. And because mildew is a growing organism, once it is growing, you cannot just clean it—you have to kill it.
These tips should help you get rid of most mildew. Unfortunately, however, if the caulk in your bathtub is moldy, you will have to replace it because you won't be able to get rid of it by scrubbing.
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