Don’t put your vacuum – or yourself – at risk by sucking up these items. Some things are best left for brooms.
Used coffee grounds
All coffee drinkers know the struggles of cleaning out the ol’ coffee maker, unless you’ve given into the coffee-pods craze. Wet coffee grounds are a pain to clean, but don’t make that a job for your vacuum. They can clog pipes, ruin the motor and spur mildew growth inside the machine.
Some kitchen spills can be cleaned with a vacuum, like sugar and salt. Others, like fresh produce, baked beans and potato salad, cannot. They can clog the vacuum just based on their size and damage the motor because of their moisture. What’s worse, the foods could spoil inside your vacuum and start to smell. You don’t want to be stuck cleaning up that mess.