Mildew vs mould: What's the difference?

close up of mould on a wall with magnifying glass
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Mildew vs mould — both are types of fungi that are commonly found in homes, but there are differences between the two and it is important to understand what they are if you have spotted a worrying looking substance in your house that has left you unsure how to proceed. 

The solutions regarding how to remove mould from walls are different to those suitable for getting rid of mildew, making it even more useful to understand which you are tackling. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.