Can you vacuum glass?

Can you vacuum glass?

We use a vacuum cleaner to suck up dust, pet hair and small dirt. But beware: you can’t just vacuum up every type of dirt. For example, if we look at vacuuming liquids, you need a special hydrogen vacuum cleaner. What about glass shards? Can you vacuum glass with a normal vacuum cleaner? I figured it out!

Why vacuum glass?

Around me I got a lot of questions about what you can and cannot vacuum. One of the biggest questions is about vacuuming glass. And that is – especially within this time – not a silly question. Does a glass ornament break after hitting the Christmas tree? Then of course you want to know whether you can use the vacuum cleaner for this. The same is true of course for a broken wine glass or a mirror.

It’s not a crazy thought, because you want to be sure that there is no glass left on the floor. Often people first take a dustpan for the larger shards of glass, after which the vacuum cleaner is used for the small shards of glass. That turns out not to be as good an idea as it seems…

Vacuuming glass is not a good idea

I strongly advise to don’t use a vacuum cleaner for cleaning glass shards on the floor. It can destroy a normal vacuum cleaner. Whether you pick up a bagless Dyson vacuum cleaner or a handheld vacuum cleaner: it can break. Vacuuming shards of glass can result in the following situations:

  • The glass can get stuck in the vacuum cleaner hose or floor brush
  • The vacuum cleaner bag can be broken by sharp glass shards
  • Small glass particles can get into the vacuum cleaner motor

With the above consequences, the vacuum cleaner can decrease suction power. Or even worse: the vacuum cleaner can even break. This is not only the case with glass: vacuuming pine needles can also cause blockages and loss of suction power.

I strongly advise to don’t use a vacuum cleaner for cleaning glass shards on the floor. It can destroy a normal vacuum cleaner.

Shards of glass can also cause accidents when cleaning the vacuum cleaner. If you take the dust bag out of the vacuum cleaner, the glass can cause a cut if you’re not careful. The same applies to cleaning a HEPA filter and other accessories.

A construction vacuum cleaner can vacuum glass

I would like to take a moment to consider a special type of vacuum cleaner that is suitable for vacuuming glass: the construction vacuum cleaner. This type of vacuum cleaner, also called an all-purpose vacuum cleaner, can suck up sharp objects just fine. This is because there is often a reinforced vacuum cleaner hose and a stronger vacuum cleaner bag.

Alternatives to cleaning up broken glass

But, how can you properly clean up glass on the floor? When you drop something made of glass, it is first of all smart to put on shoes. This prevents you from standing in the glass later. Keep pets and children away.

Then it is wise to grab a dustpan for the large shards of glass.

Grab a broom for the bigger shards

For the smaller shards it is wise to use an indoor broom: this is often also suitable for sweeping small dirt such as sand or stones. Glass can also be swept together well with such a broom. It is a good idea to knock out the broom afterwards.

Done with sweeping and do you see no more glass and all the glass thrown in the trash? Then you can now safely use the vacuum cleaner to vacuum the floor again. Does he still come in handy!

Robbert Tigchelaar

Robbert Tigchelaar

Robbert Tigchelaar is the founder of and is a true vacuum cleaner guru. With more than 10 years of experience in the world of electronic devices, he knows better than anyone what is important in a vacuum cleaner. When a new vacuum cleaner appears, he is eager to test it extensively.

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