If you spend a lot of time in your garage, whether that’s polishing your cars or tinkering at a workbench, then the air quality inside the garage might be a concern. There’s the risk of fumes building up from your vehicle and chemicals stored in the garage, and there’s an increased risk of mold and mildew growth in your garage, which release spores into the air.
Another common household problem that is even greater inside the garage is dust.
Why is dust a problem in the garage?
The garage is kind of like an intermediary between your home’s outdoor and indoor spaces. We park our cars in there and walk in and out of it with wet or muddy shoes. We store things in the garage that we wouldn’t want inside our homes, like dirty garden equipment and old, dusty belongings. At the same time, we tend not to clean our garages as much as our houses because we don’t spend as much time in there.
As a result, the build-up of dust is extremely common in the garage. If anyone in your home has allergies or asthma, then this dusty environment can trigger their symptoms. Dust can also cause irritation in people without these conditions, particularly over time.
How to prevent your garage from getting too dusty
If you have a dusty garage, the first step is to clean it out thoroughly. First, clear out as much stuff from our garage as you can. Dust or sweep and then vacuum every surface to remove the dust and dirt particles. Then mop the floor and wipe down other surfaces, like shelves, with a damp cloth.
Next, it’s a good idea to clean your belongings before putting them back into the garage. Give your car a wash before parking it and make sure things like garden equipment have been wiped down or dusted. To reduce the amount of dust that builds up in your garage, you should clean this kind of equipment after using it, before you put it away in the garage.
Your HVAC system can also be a big source of dust. Clean your HVAC filter or replace it if needed, as this could be causing dust to expel into the air. You should change your filter on a regular basis to keep this under control.
Your garage door should also be a big line of defense against dust and dirt particles. Make sure that the weatherstripping around your garage door is in good condition and that there are no gaps or cracks letting dust through.
If you need new weatherstripping or other upgrades and maintenance for your garage door, contact Action Overhead Door for our repair, maintenance, and installation services around Savannah, Georgia.