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Is It Possible to Maintain a Dust-Free Garage?

Apr 21, 2022
Doesn’t it annoy you to the bones when despite having to sweep and vacuum every square inch in the garage, and yet dust appears magically the very next day? Actually, there is no sorcery behind that as household dust actually comes from many sources commonly present in your space. They may come from paint, wood, home building materials, clothing fibers, pet dander, dirt, dead insects, pollen, and many more. So, basically what we are saying is you can’t totally eliminate all dust in the garage. However, what is in your control is minimizing their existence. How? Garage dust control, it is.
Why is dust control essential?
Inhaling excessive levels of dust is definitely unhealthy and may cause serious respiratory issues later on. As the garage is already an area in your property that most likely is seeing more foot traffic than ever, you may be unwillingly exposed to a significant amount of dust particles. Aside from posing health dangers, too much dust in the garage, or any space for that matter, looks and feels messy. Layers of ugly gray dust that cover the garage will make you want to abandon the space right away.
Where does dust exactly come from?
Dusting off any equipment or item before entering the garage is a good practice, however, it may not be enough to keep the dust away. First, you must inspect the overall condition of your garage. Your unsealed concrete garage floors wear down over time and may leave powdery residue. Check your garage doors if they have tight seals to prevent dirt and dust from blowing inside the space. Second, everytime you open the garage door it invites dust with open arms. Not that there is a remedy to that, it is good to take note of to be reminded that you should do cleaning more frequently. If not, dust will accumulate everywhere in the garage. The same applies to people and vehicles coming in and out, which are obvious carriers of dust. They tend to stick to surfaces and settle in especially on moist surfaces. During winter, the road salt gets to the ground, which turns into a fine powder. So, if you walk on the streets or drive by during this season, it is highly expected that the fine particles are stuck on your boots and car tires.
How to minimize dust in the garage?
First off, have all garage entrances fully sealed. About 60% of indoor dust actually comes from outside, so if your entrances do not have proper seals, dust and debris will always make their way into the garage. Aside from dust, pests would also be shut off with proper seals. Weatherstripping the door frames and window sills are more cost-effective in the long run as they last around 5-10 years compared to all the disasters waiting to happen without installing proper seals. Second, it would be best to use a garage floor coating system. Concrete floorings disintegrate over time, which produces powdery particles on the surface. So, floor coatings are beneficial for preventing them from wearing down and creating fine dust. Moreover, they also protect the garage floor from abrasions, stains, and water damage. Third, decluttering is a major reason in keeping dust at minimum. Take note, decluttering your garage does not need to be burdensome. Clearing and cleaning the garage space can be done with ease by using the right equipment and employing efficient and thorough cleaning. A good tip to remember is to clean from top down so the dust falls to the lower areas, which you will be tackling later on. Another tip is to use microfiber, electrostatic dusting cloths and damp cloths. Avoid using dry materials when dusting off. And by finding the correct storage for your space, it answers most of your problems on how to minimize dust infiltration while creating more floor space for your vehicles and activities that need foot traffic. There are many wall shelves and overhead garage storage available in the market. A quick search on e-commerce sites will show hundreds of products. But looking for what will be best suited in your garage will take time if you do not know what you want and need in a garage storage. Aside from the affordability and price, the criteria that you should look for in a storage equipment is that you can also utilize an organizing shelf that can be of multiple uses and offers flexibility, which will suit your needs–whether it is for weight capacity, reinventing of the orientation of the shelf and compatibility with the kind of walls that you already have in the garage. It is common sense that it will be easier and financially logical to get a rack that is already compatible with the build of your garage. The Fleximounts WRC24B Corner 2-Pack 2’ x 4’ Wall Shelving is one such reliable top storage solution. You can save a great amount of space in the garage by using the corner walls to install the wall shelf. Moreover, it offers flexible installation as you can use the WRC24B either as a corner shelf or a two-pack wall shelf. It is also compatible and suited for either wood studs and concrete walls. It is made of powder-coated steel, which is responsible for its heavy-duty and sturdy performance. Each shelf can carry a maximum weight of 220 lbs without it being wobbly, so you are assured of the safety of the items stored on it and you do not need to worry about falling objects cluttering your garage. Additionally, its one-piece grid design for easier assembly makes it more stable compared to others with multi-piece assembly available in the market. Assembling and installing this wall shelf will be a breeze as it is designed for easy one-person installation. In the package, all the hardware that you need is already included, as well as the installation template that helps with the mounting of holes, and the bubble level that helps get perfect horizontal location. Moreover, the Fleximounts WRC24B Wall Shelving storage space offers additional storage options. The storage can easily be expanded with the Fleximounts GRH1/GRH1B hooks or GRH2/GRH2B hooks. You can use the hooks to store bikes, tools, cleaning materials and more.