When something is spilled or gets broken somewhere around the house, vacuuming it away seems like the best option to get rid of the mess quickly and efficiently, assuming you have a wireless broom-replacing vacuum. But what you may not expect is ending up with a smelly, damaged, or broken appliance over time or even in no time. Sorry to tell you this but you might be the reason why your vacuum cleaner is becoming less efficient or has stopped working altogether simply because certain things must never be vacuumed.
Cleaver Things created a list of 9 things you should never vacuum no matter how tempting it may seem.
9. Cocoa and coffee
Vacuuming coffee grounds can lead to mold growth in the dust bin because used grounds of coffee can still be wet even if they seem dry. Moreover, coffee grounds can easily get trapped in the vacuum’s inner parts and it becomes nearly impossible to make them clean again.
Not only coffee grounds but also dry coffee and cocoa powder can damage the vacuum cleaner. This happens because their tiny particles can block the appliance’s filters or even get inside the engine and disable it.
If your pets or kids have dragged soil through the house or onto the carpet, you should refrain from using the vacuum to clean up the mess. Instead, use a brush to clean the carpet. Actually, vacuuming will only push the dirt further into the fluff, making it even harder to remove. And it’s even worse if the soil was damp because it can damage the engine. Also, you should never try to vacuum dried flowers and leaves of your indoor plants, these can cause serious clogs or damage different parts of the vacuum.
Both animal fur and human hair can always end up inside the vacuum one way or another. However, it’s still worth it to be extremely careful not to let large amounts of hair into the appliance. Hair and fur can quickly clog the filters and dustbin or even cause a power decrease in the machine only after one cleaning. And if you have one of those wireless vacuum cleaners that have rotating brushes, you’ll have to manually disassemble and clean them after every use.
6. Cosmetic products
Many cosmetic products, like highlighters and powders, seem very dry but they actually include oils and other substances that can melt when exposed to heat. That’s why you need to keep your vacuum away from any cosmetics, which can clog the filters and mechanical parts, making them impossible to clean and eventually you’ll have to buy new ones or even a new vacuum cleaner.
5. Confetti or tiny paper parts
Vacuuming confetti after a party will clog the appliance in no time, causing it to overheat and even stop working altogether. And of course, that’s just not how you imagine your cleaning time, especially after a joyful or exhausting time. Things can even be worse if the Confetti is made out of foil, can quickly melt inside the machine because of increased heat, get trapped inside, and cause your vacuum cleaner to stop functioning.
4. Electrical wires
While the vacuum can help you clean your sofa, carpets, and even the floor, you should never be tempted to use it to clean electrical wires because the nozzles and the sucking power can tear small wires and damage cables beyond repair. Keep in mind that such damages aren’t always noticeable and may easily cause an electric shock or a short circuit that you couldn’t see coming. It’s best to completely avoid vacuuming places with many wires, like that one near your desk.
3. Damp floors
A wet floor is a really bad enemy not only to your vacuum cleaner but also to you because you can easily get an electrical shock by vacuuming damp floors or spilled liquid or even wet food. You shouldn’t risk causing a short circuit.
If you vacuum a slightly wet floor, the dust will get stiff in the nozzle and the suction tube even though the appliance isn’t showing any reaction to this. Eventually, this will damage suction power and cause a nasty smell that can be difficult to eliminate.
2. Glass particles
Although the dangers of vacuuming small glass particles may seem obvious, many people still do it. But after a few vacuuming sessions, you’ll need to replace your appliance’s soft hoses, filters, and dust-bag. Even in the case of unnoticeable, minor damages, the appliance will no longer be able to hold the dust, which will travel to the freshly cleaned area via the ruined parts. Glass particles will only break your appliance sooner rather than later.
When trying to clear flour off the floor using a vacuum cleaner, you need to be cautious of the amount of this substance you’re cleaning up. While a handful of flour will not cause any harm to your vacuum cleaner, big amounts should be better collected manually to avoid damaging the appliance and having to buy yourself a new one. Flour can actually block all filters and disable the engine. So just stick to a simple brush instead.
In the end, the vacuum is not a universal home appliance and should rather be used carefully to prolong its longevity.