Avoid Vacuuming These Messes

July 24, 2019

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You've got to love the efficiently of the vacuum in taking care of many of the messes around your home.  Plug it in, turn it on and your worries are sucked away!  However not every mess should involve vacuuming to clean as you want to protect the integrity of your vacuum. There are some situations where you’ll want to avoid using your vacuum altogether. Although vacuuming rids your home of dirt, you shouldn’t use it to clean up plant debris and spilled plant dirt. Soil and moisture can cause mold to form inside of a vacuum and running a vacuum over moist dirt can cause it to engrain more deeply in the carpet. If a plant or flowers tip over and spill, pick up as much of the leaves, petals, and dirt as possible with your hands and wait for the wet soil to dry completely first before breaking out the vacuum. Avoid using your vacuum on fine powders and dust, like flour or construction dust.  They often blow these fine particles back into the air rather than sucking into the bag or holding container. Swap your vacuum for a broom and dustpan, or use a wet paper towel to clean up instead. Before vacuuming your carpet, always do a quick scan for small toys, coins, paperclips, or bobby pins on the floor. These items may seem too small to matter, but they can clog, or even break, your vacuum. Avoid vacuuming up broken glass. Vacuuming glass can do serious harm to the inside of your vacuum cleaner. Use a dustpan to collect glass to avoid the possibility of the glass puncturing the bag or getting stuck in the hose.

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SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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