Paints to Help Prevent Mildew Growth
Mildew is a problem that plagues many homes. It is not only unsightly, but it is also an annoying problem. No matter how often you clean the surface, it just keeps coming back. Without treatment, the microorganisms will continue to multiply, leading to health risks and structural damage, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
What is the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?
It can be confusing to determine whether you have mold or mildew. While both are from the fungi family and thrive in humid conditions, they are two different types of fungus. One difference is the color.
Mildew usually appears as white or gray, and sometimes even yellow patches. Mold, on the other hand, appears as green or black patches. The second difference is where they grow. Mildew typically grows on top of moist surfaces while mold generally grows underneath damp surfaces. The third difference is the texture – mildew has a powdery texture, while mildew is slimy or fuzzy.
Which are the Most Common Culprit Areas for Mildew?
Mildew thrives in moist and warm environments. That means your kitchen, bathroom, basement, and any surface along an exterior wall are all prone to mildew. In damp conditions, moisture will adhere to porous surfaces like wood, stucco, paper, and other organic material. As the temperature warms throughout the day, it provides the conditions for mildew to grow on these types of surfaces.
Mildew Resistant Paints
Fortunately, preventing mildew is as easy as applying a coat of paint. Paints that are mildew resistant contain antimicrobial agents that inhibit mildew growth. So, if you often experience mildew in the kitchen, bathroom, and other areas of your home, applying mildew resistant paint can help solve the problem. Mildew resistant paints are readily available in different colors and finishes. For example, Behr Marquee, Benjamin Moore Aura, and Sherwin Williams HGTV Home Infinity were selected as the top mold-resistant paints by Consumer Reports. When looking for mold-resistant paints, you want to choose one that is both resistant to mildew and easy wash, like a semi-gloss or gloss paint.
How to Apply Mildew Resistant Paint Correctly
Painting over existing mold or mildew is not recommended. Always apply paint to a clean and dry surface. Otherwise, the fungus will continue to spread to other surfaces. Clean the surface thoroughly using a brush and a mixture of water and bleach or vinegar to kill any spores present. You can use an antimicrobial cleanser too. After a thorough cleaning process, allow the surface to dry and then apply the mildew resistant paint. Apply at least two coats for increased effectiveness.
Of course, there is an even easier way to cure your mildew problem. Consult with your local professional home painter. They will help you select the best mildew resistant paint for your interior and exterior surfaces and do all the work for you. It’s a convenient, safe and quick way to stop the fungus from spreading throughout your home. You and your family will breathe easier too.