This article comes from Good Housekeeping.
5 Things You Should Never Vacuum
Your vacuum might be the most versatile tool in your cleaning arsenal, but not everything can get sucked up without causing damage. Here are five things you should never clean up with your vacuum:
1. Large pieces of glass
Big pieces of broken glass are dangerous for your vacuum. They could puncture the bag, get lodged in the hose, or scratch up the interior, so use a broom instead.
2. Fine dust
If you’ve recently remodeled, don’t vacuum up sanding residue or other tiny particles — you’ll need to use a more durable machine (like a shop vac) instead. “Fine dust will clog the filters or bag right away,” says Forte, and then the machine might begin spewing dust back into the air.
3. Wet food (or anything moist)
Your average vacuum cleaner is not meant to pick up anything wet — be it soggy cereal, wet dog food, or even a spill. Use a paper towel instead (or get a wet/dry vacuum for big jobs).
4. Fireplace Ashes
These ashes trap heat (and are also fine particles) so don’t suck them up in a normal vacuum. Let the ashes cool for at least four days, then use a utility or a wet/dry vacuum to clean out the area.
5. Coins, paperclips, or other small items
It’s tempting to simply roll over these with a vacuum when you see them lying on the floor, but they could get stuck in the rotating brush or break off plastic pieces inside the appliance.
So what can you pick up with a vacuum?
- Hair – It’s fine to do a weekly sweep of your pup’s favorite spot on the couch, but make sure that hair isn’t getting tangled up in the brush roll.
- Gravel – While larger rocks aren’t good for your appliance, small pieces of gravel can be picked up through the hose attachment.
- Dry cereal – Snack foods — like cereal, chips, or other crumbs — are easy to go over with your vacuum cleaner.
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