It happens to everyone. Mildew can creep onto your home’s exterior (not just in your bathrooms! It can happen without us realizing. It is important to take routine walks around your house, inspecting the condition of everything. Do not panic if you find mildew. Mildew is possible to get rid of, but you need to act quickly. Mildew can cause siding to rot, allergies to flare up and wood to rot. Mildew can be a problem for your family, so it is important to get rid of it as soon as you can.
How to tell if it’s mold or mildew
Both mildew and mold can grow in moist, shaded areas. However, they are two different beasts. Mildew is usually easier to spot. It is usually gray/white, or light brown in color. Mildew is a powdery substance that sits on the exterior of your house.
Mold is more difficult. A bad odor is the first sign. It can come in many colors and is often fuzzy.
How to remove mildew from vinyl siding and wood
- Cover any plants that are near the area where you will be dealing with mildew.
- Protective clothing is recommended.
- You can either use a commercial mildew-removal product or make your own. For extra assistance, you can add baking soda or trisodium phosphate to your cleaner.
- You can test the solution in a small area.
- Let the solution sit for 10 minutes on the siding. Use a soft brush to scrub the area. Begin at the bottom, and work your way upwards. Once you are done, rinse the hose from the top.
How to remove mildew from brick
You should make it a habit of spraying your brick once a year with the spray nozzle from your hose. You will need to scrub the brick with a solution if mildew is visible between. First soak the brick in bleach. Then, use one cup of bleach to mix with one gallon of water. Use a stiff brush, not wire or synthetic, to remove the mildew.
How to remove mildew from stone
To remove mildew from stones, all you need is mild soap. After you have removed the mildew, wash it off with warm water.
How to choose paint that resists mildew
Make it easier for yourself by choosing a paint that resists mildew when it is time to redecorate your house . Exterior enamels are the least susceptible, and latex paint is the most susceptible. Linseed oil-based paints are extremely susceptible.
How to Prevent Mildew from the Future
It is smart to prevent mildew from ever appearing in the first place.
- You can keep your trees and shrubs trimmed to limit moisture from getting to your siding.
- At least once per month, inspect your home for any damage. You should immediately attack mildew if you see it.
- To prevent mildew growth, wash your siding each fall.
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