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Mold and/or Mildew and the M Word

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Call It What It Is: The M Word

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Mold and/or Mildew and the M Word

Mold and mildew.  The two paired together sort of sounds like salt and pepper, ice cream and cake, maybe gin and tonic.

Truth is, the saying I’ve heard in a variety of organizations involved in facility operations or management ,  “We don’t use the M word around here, we call it Mildew”

Read that line again and try to reflect on that statement .  .  .

Mildew is a term a layperson might use to refer to fungi growing on fabrics, window sills, or bathroom tile.  Mycologists use the term mildew to refer to a certain fungi that causes plant diseases, such as downy mildew and powdery mildew. (Bioaerolsols Assessment and Control ACGIH)

Mildew refers to certain kinds of mold or fungus.  The term mildew is often used generically to refer to mold growth. (US EPA)

In all of the samples we’ve collected in many years of indoor air quality testing and assessments, the third-party labs have NEVER reported Mildew.

Call it what it is, it’s mold.