Is your garage a space that attracts dust like a magnet, despite your best cleaning efforts?
Household dust comes from many sources. Pet dander, clothing fibers, dead skin cells, dirt, pollen, dead insects, and particles from paint, wood, and home building materials are just some of the things that create dust.
It’s impossible to eliminate dust in a garage. There are plenty of garage dust control methods you can use to keep this area of your house cleaner, however.
Garage dust control is important. Here’s why.
Exposure to too much dust is unhealthy. Breathing in excessive levels of dust can cause respiratory issues. Many dust particles also have high levels of chemicals, which can lead to even more serious health issues.
Reducing the amount of dust in your garage is even more important if you spend a significant amount of spare time in the room using it as a home gym, workshop, or for some other type of hobby.
And let’s be honest, too much dust in any room just looks unattractive. Even a space that is immaculately organized looks and feels messy if it’s covered in a layer of ugly grey dust.
Why is my garage so dusty?
Keeping the amount of dust in your garage at a minimum can feel like a losing battle. There’s a good reason why. Garages are a space in which dust accumulates quickly for many reasons:
- unsealed concrete garage floors slowly wear down and leave a fine, powdery residue
- the average garage door opens and closes 3-5 times each day, providing a large opening for dust and debris from outside to blow indoors
- some garage doors don’t have tight seals, which allows dust and dirt to blow inside
- cleaning too infrequently or using poor cleaning practices
- dried winter road salt gets ground down into a fine powder
- garages tend to accumulate junk and clutter, giving dust more surfaces to settle on
- the moisture in garages makes it easier for dust to “stick” to surfaces
- vehicles coming and going and frequent foot traffic stir up settled dust
- grass clippings and garden dirt from yard tools dry and break down into dust particles
While those are a number of obstacles to overcome, there are lots of ways to deal with garage dust issues.
The following garage dust control solutions will produce instantly noticeable improvements in the amount of dust found in your garage.
1. Garage dust control solutions for your floor
Concrete dusting occurs when the top layer of a concrete slab slowly disintegrates over time, producing a chalky powder on the floor surface.
Vehicle and foot traffic can speed up this process. Old age may also be why a deteriorating concrete surface is causing persistent dust issues in a garage.
Concrete can break down prematurely because of various reasons related to how the concrete or a coating was applied. Here are a few examples:
- the concrete was poured at a less-than-optimal temperature
- floor coating or concrete products were improperly mixed
- the concrete slab was not allowed to cure properly
Listed below are three options that will prevent or slow down the deterioration of a concrete slab.
Garage floor coating system
A floor coating system is one of the best garage dust control solutions you can invest in.
Floor coatings seal concrete surfaces and prevent them from wearing down and creating the fine dust that gets spread all over a garage. They also provide flooring protection from water damage, stains, and abrasions. Some garage makeover companies can even seal and coat the wall foundations in a garage, which can also deteriorate over time.
Floor coating systems are better than a plain floor sealer because they include decorative flakes that add visual appeal to a garage and help to obscure dust and dirt on the floor.
Although DIY epoxy floor coatings cost less, it’s worth the investment to have an expert like Garage Living handle your flooring project. Our Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coatingsare superior to epoxy coatings. We follow a 5-step application process using state-of-the-art equipment, to ensure our floors look incredible and last for many years.
Another reason to let a pro take care of your garage floor is you’ll be ensured of being left with a perfect, smooth surface that’s easy to maintain.
Garage floor tiles
Perhaps a garage floor coating system is beyond your budget. Another option worth considering are interlocking garage floor tiles that can be installed quickly.
High-quality floor tiles made from PVC or other durable materials provide a resilient foundation for garage floors. While floor tiles obviously don’t seal concrete, they do fully cover a floor surface. This will prevent the dust from concrete slabs from becoming airborne. Floor tiles are also cost-effective for anyone looking to cover up a floor with significant damage that they’re not eager to spend a lot of money on to repair.
The design of most floor tiles includes grooves and gaps on the top surface that traps water and allows for airflow. Those gaps will trap dust and dirt, so they’ll need to be vacuumed out occasionally.
Like floor coatings, floor tiles have decorative benefits. Most floor tile manufacturers offer a variety of colors and patterns to choose from, which can be mixed and matched to create a one-of-a-kind floor design.
Garage floor sealer
Roll-on garage floor sealers will help slow down the deterioration of concrete. It’s worth noting that commercially available floor sealing products found in big-box stores don’t penetrate a concrete surface as well as industrial-grade sealers. The bond to the concrete won’t be as strong, resulting in less floor protection and durability.
If you want to seal your floor and have it look nicer, floor sealers aren’t ideal. Surface flaws and evidence of repair work on cracks and sections of the floor will still be visible after a sealer application.
A commonly Googled question is “how to paint a dusty garage floor”. Don’t waste your time with roll-on garage floor paint products. They provide little to no sealing benefits for a floor. Floor paint is notorious for chipping and flaking away quickly after being applied and it only gives you a short-term cosmetic fix.
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