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Things You Should Not Vacuum Off the Floor

Feb 14, 2024 - By the dedicated team of editors and writers at Newsletter Station.

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Vacuuming is a routine household chore that helps keep our homes clean and tidy. While vacuum cleaners are handy tools, not everything on your floor should be subjected to their suction power. Certain items and substances can damage your vacuum cleaner, create health hazards, or make cleaning less effective.

In this blog, we'll discuss the things you should not vacuum off the floor to ensure the longevity of your vacuum cleaner and maintain a safe and efficient cleaning routine.
  1. Liquids and Wet Spills
    One of the most common mistakes people make is trying to vacuum up liquids or wet spills. Vacuum cleaners are not designed to handle liquids, and attempting to do so can damage the motor and other internal components. Instead, use a mop or absorbent towel to clean up spills and liquids before using your vacuum cleaner on a dry surface.
  2. Small Coins and Jewelry
    A vacuum cleaner can easily suck up small objects like coins, jewelry, and other metallic items. Not only can this damage the vacuum's motor and impede its performance, but it can also potentially damage the objects themselves. Before vacuuming, pick up small items from the floor to avoid unwanted accidents.
  3. Large Debris and Hard Objects
    Vacuum cleaners are designed to pick up small particles like dust, dirt, and pet hair. Attempting to vacuum up larger debris, hard objects, or even sharp items can damage the vacuum's brushes, hoses, and belts. These objects can also create clogs, reducing the vacuum's efficiency. Always pick up larger items manually before vacuuming to prevent such issues.
  4. Glass Fragments
    If you've broken glass or a fragile item on the floor, avoid vacuuming the area immediately. Vacuum cleaners are not designed to handle glass fragments and can easily damage the internal components and the vacuum bag. Instead, carefully pick up the glass fragments by hand and vacuum the area afterward to ensure safety.
  5. Powders and Fine Dust
    While vacuum cleaners are excellent at picking up dust and debris, they may struggle with fine powders like talcum powder or flour. These powders can clog the vacuum's filters and reduce its performance. If you need to clean up fine powders, use a broom and dustpan first and then follow up with a vacuum cleaner.
  6. Pet Litter
    If you have pets, you're likely familiar with the challenge of dealing with pet litter. While vacuum cleaners are suitable for pet hair, they are not designed to handle heavy or clumping cat litter. The litter can clog the vacuum's hoses and filters, making it less efficient. Use a scoop or a specialized pet litter vacuum for this purpose.
  7. Ashes and Hot Materials
    Never attempt to vacuum ashes from a fireplace or hot materials like embers or coals. Hot ashes can damage the vacuum's components and pose a fire hazard. Allow ashes and hot materials to cool down completely before cleaning them with a metal scoop or a designated ash vacuum.
Vacuum cleaners are invaluable tools for maintaining a clean home but have limitations. To ensure the longevity of your vacuum cleaner, avoid vacuuming up liquids, small objects, large debris, glass fragments, fine powders, pet litter, and hot materials.

By following these guidelines, you'll protect your vacuum cleaner and maintain a safe and efficient cleaning routine for a cleaner and healthier living space.
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