It cannot deny that everyone would have broken some kinds of glass objects at some point in their life. Whether it was your mother’s favorite vintage vase, cricket ball through a window or a freshly poured wine glass. Eventually, no matter how careful you are, breaking glass is pretty much unavoidable for anyone. These day-to-day mishaps are time-consuming household jobs such as decluttering or renovating your home. This is where plenty of glass is broken and more mess is made.
Broken glass is a hazard and annoying to clean, so no one is tempted to pick up glass shards piece by piece. They got reaching out for the vacuum cleaner, but whether you can vacuum glass? Is it safe? In this article, we’ll show you a reliable answer!
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Can you vacuum glass?
The simple answer is no. Many experts recommend against vacuuming broken glass as these glass shards can ruin your vacuum cleaners. Glass can damage the motor, ruin the air filter, break the brushes and tear the bag.
In fact, the size of the pointy pieces of glass can decide to what extent it can be damaged. Bigger pieces of broken glasses are severely ruining, yet smaller shards do, too. Despite being big or small, glass shards that are inside your vacuum can wreak havoc on the main machine parts. That’s the reason why you should not vacuum glass to avoid taking such that risk.
Moreover, rather than sucking up the glass, vacuum cleaners tend to spread them around the house. When you use a vacuuming hose to suck up the broken pieces, then the spinning brush will make it fall out once you stop running and scatter on the floor the next time you vacuum. Glass shards once more time spread all over the house can put you at risk.
For better safety, you’d rather sweep them away by a broom and vacuum other leftover smallest glass shards than vacuum all of them at once.
However, the idea of vacuum glass does not completely rule out. Once ensuring your vacuum is a specialized high-quality product against the glass, you can have your cleaning at safe disposal. Perhaps old vacuum cleaners are not up to the task, but a special new-model vacuum can do it just fine.
These specialized vacuum cleaners do not feature a bag and its brushes are designed to prevent kicking up all the debris. These features are great for vacuuming glass. You should consider replacing a modern one if necessary.
How to Safely Vacuum Broken Glass
Safety must be your priority when you vacuum glass. In some cases, vacuuming glass is compulsory, then you should follow completely my guidelines below for your best safety.
1. Personal Safety
If you have children or pets in the home, get them far away from the cleaning sections to avoid unwanted accidents.
Then, protect yourself by putting on closed-toed shoes from glass shard-infested sections. (Flip-flops or slippers are not for those cases). You must pay close attention in a very minute because just one second, broken glass can cause serious injuries. Rather than pain, it can trigger tremendous infection on your body.
2. Cleaning up larger glass pieces
However powerful your vacuum can suck, you mustn’t trust it completely because large glass shards are not always safe for your vacuum cleaner. First, use a dustpan or brush to sweep up all the biggest pieces to avoid clogging. Brushes can collect both big and small glass shards, so you need to shake out your brush thoroughly after cleaning to remove some tiny shards remaining the broom bristles.
If you have to handle broken glass directly on handy, you should put on thick latex gloves for kitchen or garden before working. Sometimes, particularly pointy pieces still cut through your gloves. So, be careful of a nasty wound.
3. Start vacuuming
At this point, you can vacuum the leftover glass shards. Starting the vacuuming on a low power setting – any damage will be minimized if the power isn’t spinning too fast. Only when you’ve covered the entire area should you vacuum on full power.
If you are getting a cyclonic cleaner, keep in mind to rotate its air filter, empty the glass out to prevent the plastic chamber from scratching.
In case you are using an old vacuum with lower sucking power, one tip is covering the hose with an old sock. The sock will trap any tiny glass shards and prevent them from entering the vacuum. When you finished, wrap the sock with newspapers and put it carefully on a plastic bag.
Although it’s possible to vacuum broken glass, you should handle this directly to avoid any uncalled injuries. However, in these cases, you must follow carefully my instructions step-by-step and keep in mind that “safety first”. The glass cleaning progress might require much effort, so just try your best!
Have you had to deal with the unfortunate aftermath of vacuuming up broken glass? Please let us know by leaving a comment below. We hope our instructions are relevant and helpful for you. Thank you for reading!