Do You Have a Problem With Concrete Dusting in Your Warehouse?
What Exactly Is Concrete Dusting?
While the concrete floors in your warehouse may seem indestructible, in reality they will become damaged and worn with time and use, just like any other aspect of your facility. Taking it a step further, if your flooring is uncoated (plain and unprotected), it can start to be ground down by foot traffic and machinery. This creates a fine (and problematic!) dusting of concrete that finds a home on numerous surfaces.
Is this really a big deal? Good question!
Can Concrete Dusting Be Harmful?
Dust may seem pretty benign, but it can cause a variety of issues. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these:
- Safety — Your warehouse flooring needs to be solid, level, and in good condition for both safe operations and the sake of your maintenance budget. Small points of weakness can quickly grow into larger ones! That’s why this persistent grinding down of surfaces can be an indicator that you concrete needs attention.
- Air Quality - Breathing dusty air is certainly a health hazard for your team. To avoid any liability (and to protect those working in your warehouse), concrete dust should be eliminated.
- Machinery Damage — Thick coatings of dust and machinery are never a good combination.
- Aesthetics — This might fall a bit lower on some facility managers’ list of priorities, but a dusty, unkempt environment just looks sloppy and unprofessional. It can also contaminate the commodities that are stored in/distributed from the warehouse.
How Do You Control Dust in a Warehouse?
Dust, sweep, and mop regularly
Develop an industrial cleaning maintenance plan
FOD containment services, such as floor-to-ceiling barriers when doing repairs and work with high debris output
Install, update, and maintain air purifiers
Reduce the use of equipment that causes dust, such as forklifts
What Can You Do to Eliminate Concrete Dusting?
There are a variety of options, and they all involve picking the right treatment or system for your floor. To name a few examples, your solution might be found in sealing, polishing, or applying an epoxy floor coating (be sure to follow those links for more information!). An industrial flooring professional can help you navigate your options, selecting the perfect answer to your specific needs.
If you have any questions, we hope you will reach out to us at Kaloutas’s industrial flooring division. It would be our pleasure to serve you!
Kaloutas is New England’s premier contractor for commercial & industrial painting, flooring, and related services. Established in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trusted resource for general contractors, facilities managers, and building owners from Connecticut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high quality workmanship, jobs done on time & budget, and tackling complex projects that other contractors don’t have the experience or resources to handle. Contact us today for a painting or flooring estimate, or give us a call at 978−532−1414 to learn more.