At Lifetime Garage Doors in Sarasota, we know that many of our clients use their garages for storage. If you use your garage for storage, it is likely that you have encountered a dust problem before. Unfortunately, garages have a tendency to produce a lot of dust, which often limits what you are willing to store there. Most of the dust in garages is produced by concrete. If your concrete floor isn’t sealed, it eventually breaks down from exposure to moisture, oil, or grease. The concrete begins to eat itself, which produces cement dust. This dust spreads around as you walk or drive through your garage and move things around. Besides concrete, dust is also caused by the usual suspects: hair from you and your pets, tiny pieces of fabric, and skin flakes. A little dust is a natural and unavoidable part of life. However, too much dust can be detrimental to your health and to your personal belongings. Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of dust in your garage with a few simple steps.
Start with a clean slate by thoroughly cleaning your garage. Remove clutter and wipe down all the surfaces. Sweep and wash the floor to eliminate any dust. Use a microfiber cloth on all surfaces to ensure that you do not just push the dust around.
Seal the concrete
Sealing the concrete in your garage will make a big difference in the amount of dust you have. Use a penetrating concrete sealant on all concrete surfaces. Ensure that the sealant goes into the concrete and does not just sit on top of it. This will prevent concrete dust and will also prevent any stains from spills. It will also prevent damage to your garage in the future by preventing cracking, so it is a good investment whether you are concerned about dust or not.
Change your AC filter
If you have an AC in your garage, your filter has a big impact on the amount of dust. If you haven’t changed the filter in a while, it may be time for a new one. Filters pull particles out of the air, and when it becomes dirty or clogged, it cannot work effectively. This means that dust in your garage cannot escape. In addition, if your AC needs a new filter, your air conditioner has to work much harder, which increases your energy bill. Changing your AC filter can make a difference beyond just eliminating dust in your system.
Install an air filtration system
Alternatively, you may consider installing an air filtration system in your garage. These systems clean the air, but have no effect on the temperature. Most of these systems use electrostatic to pull particles out of the air, so if dust is your concern, an air filtration system would eliminate it from the air.
Now that you know how to prevent too much dust from accumulating in your garage, you are ready to safely store whatever you like. At Lifetime Garage Doors, we can help you with any of your garage door needs. Contact us today for more information.