Things You Should Never Vacuum

To Avoid Damaging Your Vacuum Cleaner


With long-lasting batteries, powerful brushless motors, and stylish, cordless designs, ROIDMI stick vacuum cleaners are powerhouses when it comes to cleaning your home.

Multiple brush attachments allow you to clean various surfaces, including floors, fabric upholstery, furniture and the interior of your car, so you can keep on cleaning without needing to juggle multiple cleaning appliances.

While vacuum cleaners are incredibly useful - and often the quickest solution for cleaning up a mess - there are multiple items and materials that should never be vacuumed up, as this could cause damage to the unit itself, or even become a health and safety hazard for you and your family.

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of things that you should never vacuum, and what issues you might be faced with if you do.

Never Vacuum These Things


While it might seem like a quick solution, using your vacuum to clean up spilled liquids is something you should never do. We all know that mixing water with electricity is dangerous, so sucking up any spills could potentially result in electrocution, not to mention creating a moist environment inside the unit that could lead to mould and other bacteria.

Glass & Sharp Items

Vacuuming up glass can easily cause damage as it travels through the vacuum brush head and gets sucked up into the canister. It’s not just glass you should avoid - other sharp objects like thumbtacks, loose nails and broken plastic can also contribute a similar level of damage when vacuumed up.

Coins & Lego

Just because an item isn’t sharp doesn’t mean it can’t cause damage when vacuumed up. Items like coins and lego bricks are small but solid, so when the ROIDMI’s 120,000 rpm brushless motor enables these to be sucked up, these items will get flung around inside the unit - trust us, you’ll hear them.

Ash & Cigarette Butts

Vacuuming up hot items can easily lead to a fire starting within the unit - and easily getting out of control. Even if a fire doesn’t start, hot items can still burn and damage the inside of the vacuum, as well as the bristles of any brush attachment connected. Avoid vacuuming hot items like fireplace ash or even cigarette butts.

Dry Wall Debris

Speaking of ash, any fine dusts should not be vacuumed up as this could easily coat the inside of the unit and clog it up over time. Another example of fine dust is the type that gets generated from construction (or when drilling into a wall to hang a picture) - it’s better to sweep this up with a broom rather than trying to vacuum it.

Pets (Yes, Pets)

This might seem like a silly one, but using a vacuum cleaner on a pet is not recommended. Smaller pets like hamsters and guinea pigs could get seriously injured, and while it might seem like a quick fix to vacuum your dog’s fur, it could still hurt them by pulling their fur out or even causing hearing damage when the unit is used so close to their ears.

Make Up

If you have accidentally dropped your foundation or blush and you’re thinking of using your vacuum cleaner to clean it up - please don’t. Powdered foundations, blush and bronzer are classified as fine dust which can block up your filters and create more cleaning for you in the future. With liquid foundation and blush, not only will you succeed at smudging and spreading the ruined make up even further, but it can also discolour and clog up the unit too. For make up spills, reach for a wet wipe or paper towel instead.

Chemicals & Poisons

You should never use your vacuum to clean up chemicals or poisons, as these can cause damage to the inside of the unit by themselves, or worse if they're left to sit and combine with other chemicals that have been sucked up over time. Additionally, the act of vacuuming can cause these chemical particles to become airborne, where they can easily be breathed in by yourself. Stay safe, and clean up chemicals and poisons with gloves and a mask, or as instructed.

Organic Matter

Organic matter is classified as any living or dead animal and plant material. Think things like plants, roots, leaves, worms & bugs, soil, fertiliser, and manures. Organic matter tends hold moisture and healthy bacteria that is great for plants, but not so much for vacuum cleaners or vacuum cleaner filters. If you do accidentally vacuum up this type of matter, empty the canister immediately, pull apart your vacuum, clean or replace the filter, check for and empty any blockages or debris that is stuck, and then wipe down each piece before putting back together.


Make sure you avoid vacuuming the above items to ensure no damage or blockage is caused to your vacuum cleaner, which could end up voiding your warranty. Better yet? Make sure you read up on maintenance tips and tricks to keep your vacuum running smoothly at all times, extending the life of your unit so you can keep on cleaning with ROIDMI.

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