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Can Dyson Vacuum Water, Sand, Food, Glass, Dust, etc.?

Vacuum picking up confetti on a rug carpet

Looking at the marketing collaterals that different manufacturers have for their vacuums, you will find their claims at how effective they are at picking up dust, debris, hair, and dirt. But what about other stuff that you usually spill on your floors, such as water, sand, food, or broken glass?

If you’re wondering if your Dyson vacuum can handle different types of materials that you need to clean up, then you should keep in mind that some of these can easily ruin your vacuum. You can sometimes safely clean them up, but it may dirty up your vacuum or make it more difficult to clean.

Which of these materials are safe to vacuum? And which ones are not suitable for a quick vacuuming? Further, we will look at what you can do to keep your floors clean and safe if you can’t vacuum them.

Can Dyson Vacuum Water? Will It Damage the Vacuum?

Coffee cup spill on white carpet

Vacuuming liquids like water and moist items can damage your Dyson vacuum’s electrical components and might even pose a safety risk. You can get electrocuted when you vacuum water. Moisture can short circuit your vacuum or destroy the fan.

Aside from damaging the appliance and upping the risk of electrocution, water will clog your vacuum, block the tubes and the filter. What’s more, having all that moisture inside your Dyson vacuum can mix with the dust, and the result will be messy. Damp dust will also be a good breeding ground for mold.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, mold thrives in moist environments. In fact, the agency suggests that if you don’t want molds around your house, you will want to control moisture levels.

Lastly, vacuuming water will void your warranty. So on top of the high chances that you’d brick your vacuum cleaner, you will also be stuck with it or replace it with a new one.

What You Should Do Instead

Instead of vacuuming, mop up spilled water, juice, wine, and other liquids with a cloth, a mop, or toilet paper. What’s more, another reason why vacuum cleaners get wet is when you wash them. Remember that the company recommends washing only for one component: the filter.

Can Dyson Vacuum Broken Glass? Will It Damage the Vacuum?

Shards of broken wine glass on a white background

Most people are tempted to vacuum broken glass so that they can quickly clear tiny and sharp bits that may cause injury. However, using your Dyson vacuum to clean up broken glass is a big no-no. The small shards will lodge in the hose.

It can even get into the motor, causing it to be damaged as well. And if you are using a bagged vacuum cleaner, the tiny shards of glass can tear it. You will be dealing with dust and debris getting sucked up by the motor, and the clean up within your vacuum will be a huge mess.

What You Should Do With Broken Glass

The easiest way to deal with broken glass is to sweep it all up as much as possible. Once the visible and bigger shards are cleared up, you can get a paper towel. Moisten the paper towel and gently dab the area to pick up the small bits of sharp glass.

Can Dyson Vacuum Sand? Will It Damage the Vacuum?

Living room with sand and palm tree in corner

Because of its large particles, your Dyson vacuum can easily vacuum sand. Beach sand can get just about anywhere if you live near the beach, so it’s awesome to have a reliable tool to keep your floors clean as you enjoy beach life and sand everywhere.

Dyson is one of the brands featured in this video, and it’s excellent at picking up sand on both hardwood floors or carpets:

If you’re one of those who are lucky enough to live near the beach, you can get the sand off your floors with a powerful vacuum cleaner. Try the Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, which delivers stronger suction power than the company’s earlier cordless vacuums.

Can Dyson Vacuum Sawdust? Will It Damage the Vacuum?

Sawdust on a wooden work table

Wood dust can be of any size, but some particles can be smaller than 0.1 microns. On the other hand, HEPA filters — the kind that most of the better vacuum cleaners have — can only block particles that are 0.3 microns or bigger.

That means that if you use your Dyson to vacuum up sawdust, you will be clogging the filter in no time. The clogged filters will result in weaker suction, which makes your Dyson vacuum less effective.

What’s more, because the sawdust is smaller than the holes in the vacuum’s HEPA filter, there is a good chance that the fine sawdust particles will get recirculated into the air that you breathe.

According to this advisory from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, you can have asthma, dermatitis, and other serious allergic reactions when exposed to wood dust. You can also develop skin and eye irritation, nasal obstruction and dryness, as well as prolonged colds.

What You Can Do Instead of Vacuuming Sawdust

Don’t just sweep sawdust. If you do, you will only send the fine particles up, and you run the risk of breathing it in. You can get a clean damp cloth to dampen the sawdust so that it doesn’t go up into the air when you sweep.

You can also use a product like the Cotto-Waxo G-3 Velvet Gritless Oil Base Sweeping Compound, which captures dirt, dust, and sawdust when you’re sweeping. It can trap the sawdust and keep it from going airborne. This video will demonstrate how sweeping compound works on making sawdust safer and easier to clean:

Can Dyson Vacuum Food? Will It Damage the Vacuum?

A fallen plate of food on the carpet

You should never vacuum wet food, including soup and sauce spills. Even if there is not much water, such as cooked spaghetti or coffee grounds, keep your Dyson vacuum away from the kitchen or dinner table. Instead, pick up the scraps of food or use a microfiber cloth or paper towels to sop it up.

You should also avoid vacuuming flour, spices, and anything that has fine particles. Bust out your broom and dustpan to sweep up as much as you can, and then mop up the rest.

However, you can vacuum larger pieces of dry food, such as cereals, uncooked rice, or nuts.

Can Dyson Vacuum Drywall or Plaster Dust? Will It Damage the Vacuum?

Drywall in new home construction

For the same reasons you shouldn’t vacuum sawdust, it is not recommended to use your Dyson vacuum to clean up plaster or drywall dust. Doing so will clog your filters and bags, while the little particles can get trapped in the tubes and other parts of your Dyson vacuum. It can also get recirculated back into the air.

Drywall or plaster dust, like sawdust, can make the motor suction less weak. The motor may even overheat.

How To Clean Up Drywall Dust

Dealing with drywall or plaster dust starts with a lot of preparation. Minimize the amount of drywall dust that collects around your home by turning off the central air or heat. Use powerful fans to send the dust out of your home and remove all furniture from the room.

Sweep up drywall dust gently so that you don’t stir it up too much. Use a sweeping compound to hold the drywall dust down. You can use a shop vac to vacuum it up, but it’s best to just sweep it out of your house.

Or you can use an old drywall trowel to scrape the dust off your floors, as shown in this video:

Can Dyson Vacuum Baking Soda? Will It Damage the Vacuum?

Baking soda on a wooden spoon

Some sites recommend putting baking soda on your carpet as a natural way to deodorize it. However, vacuuming up baking soda is an excellent way to clog the filters because the particles are small. It can severely limit your Dyson vacuum’s cleaning performance while allowing the baking soda particles back into the air.

Baking soda particles also get buried into the rug because of its small size and sharp edges of its particles. It will be so difficult to get out of your carpet. this video shows you where the baking soda goes:

Final Thoughts

It might be tempting to just use your Dyson vacuum to clean up any spill, mess, and debris. But you should resist the urge. Remember that water or any liquid can damage your Dyson vacuum, as well as fine dust and particles.

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