Whether a wine glass tipped over or a sauce bottle slipped out of your hand, broken glass happens. When he does it, it is of paramount importance that you get it all. After all, no one wants a bleeding big toe. But should you reach for your vacuum to do it?
When it comes to how to dispose of broken glass, your vacuum may or may not be the answer. It all depends on the type of appliance you have.
When it comes to home vacuum cleaners, most have flexible hoses and unfortunately those can not Use on broken glass. When you start to hose down broken glass, those jagged shards can damage the hose and the inside of the machine. Even the smallest cut in a vacuum’s hoses can cause it to lose suction.
If you have a vacuum cleaner with a beater brush built into the base, you’re out of luck, too. Those brushes are designed to loosen dirt trapped in the threads of the carpet. When your broken glass is on the mat, those same brushes can push the glass into the material.
What vacuum cleaners can you use to pick up broken glass? Handheld vacuums are great options. There are no brushes or hoses, and the containers are often made of durable plastic that is not at risk of damage. Simply vacuum up the smaller pieces and immediately dispose of the container.
If you have a wet/dry shop vac, it can also lift the glass. You should consult the manufacturer’s manual before attempting to use it this way, but it is possible.
Don’t have a handheld or wet/dry vac? Don’t worry. There’s a handy trick that will ensure you lift every piece of glass, and all you need is a lint roller.