Mold and mildew are actually very similar to one another. Both mold and mildew are a type of fungus. They emerge from the same matter. Mildew seems to specialize its focus around organic matter, and it could be said that mildew is a type of mold. Both mold and mildew need a lot of humidity in order to survive. It seems like mold needs a little bit more humidity than mildew, and mildew need a little bit less sunlight than mold.
Another difference between mold and mildew is the color. Most mold tend to be either green or black. Mildew on the other hand is a dark hue or gray color. Sometimes mildew can be so dark it can appear to be black.
Because mold and mildew are both a type of fungus, they tend to reproduce the same way. They do this by creating lots of tiny spores. Millions of these spores are then released into the air. If you already have the flu, asthma, or other respiratory problems, it is not uncommon for you to stay sick longer or get even sicker when you are breathing these spores into your lungs. Your body has to fight off and kill the fungus that enters your body. One type of mold that is especially dangerous is black mold. Once black mold has taken over a basement or a bathroom, it can make you very sick. You will need to do mold removal immediately. If you have problems with lots of black mold in your home, you should hire a professional company to remove that for you. It might be dangerous if you try and tackle mold and mildew removal all on your own. If you do clean it on your own, make sure that you have the right respiratory care and that you know how to do it. This way you will be able to have more success.
Another difference between mildew and mold is that mildew has a stronger smell. Because it digests organic material, it tends to smell a lot more. Most of the time mold has a very weak smell. It resembles the smell of a wet dog or a wet mop. Mildew on the other hand has a very strong smell, especially if it has started on tiles or your clothing. Mildew will smell a lot like sour milk.