Mildew is a destructive growth that feeds on a variety of organic materials such as cotton, wood, and leather. While dormant mildew exists freely in the environment, conditions of dampness and warmth can provide the ingredients for rapid growth frequently within 72 hours. Some individuals are sensitive to mildew and experience an allergic reaction in its presence.
Since mildew feeds on organic materials, it eventually causes a loss in fiber strength and unsightly staining or discoloration. These effects are not reversible. Once deteriorated by mildew, textile fibers are permanently affected. The gray splotches that sometimes develop on walls and fibers following water damage are colonies of the mildew fungi and represent an advanced stage of growth...
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