Baby powder is an astringent substance used for the prevention of diaper/skin irritations in babies and general cosmetics. It can also be used as a cleaning agent and a freshener.
If you own a vacuum cleaner, I am sure by now you must have at least for once seen in an article ( I have written about it in the past) or heard from a friend that vacuuming powdered products can damage your vacuum.
Well, baby powder is not an exception, and trust me, there are lots of situations that could warrant you to vacuum baby powder and the first thing that will come to your mind is to wonder if you can vacuum up the baby powder.
This article is set out to provide useful information about vacuum/baby powder relationships so read on.
Can you vacuum powder
Yes, you can vacuum powder. By using the word “powder” in this context, I’m assuming you are using it as a general term for all powdered products whether it be baking soda, baby powder,r, or carpet powder? if that is true, then you can vacuum any of them.
However, you should avoid vacuuming any powdered product in large quantities because if you do, they can easily block your vacuum cleaner’s suction or filter. Once your vacuum suction or filter is clogged up, then your vacuum electric motor will wear off in no time and your vacuum could stop working.
What powder can you vacuum
You can vacuum pretty much any kind of powder product, but you should be careful not to vacuum any powder spillage altogether at once.
Before you vacuum sprinkled powder, make sure that you sweep up a large chunk of it first, so that you don’t end up clogging up your vacuum cleaner.
Is vacuum baby powder a bad idea
No, it is not a bad idea if you don’t have any other option. If you are not using the baby powder as a cleaning agent, then you should resort to vacuuming powder spillage only when you are left with no other options.
Baby powder may look like ordinary dust, but as minute as the particles are, they are capable of damaging some internal component of your vacuum cleaner, which is why you must avoid them if possible.
Can baby powder damage the vacuum cleaner
Yes, baby powder can damage your vacuum cleaner by restricting the airflow. Baby powder particles are so fine and tiny that they can easily get into any part of the vacuum.
If the baby powder is sucked up in large quantity, it can block the suction nozzle and the filter of the vacuum and when either of them is clogged, the vacuum airflow will be obstructed. Should this happen, the vacuum electric motor will be directly affected.
Electric motor powers the fan that brings in the air which the vacuum uses to perform its function. The electric motor also uses this air to cool itself to avoid overheating. Consequently, when the airflow is obstructed, the electric motor will overheat and burn out because of insufficient air. Once the electric motor is damaged, the vacuum cleaner will stop working in general.
Can you use baby powder for vacuuming? Yes, you can use baby powder for vacuuming. Before you start to vacuum, you can spray baby powder on the surface you want to clean, for example, your upholstery to help rid it of greasy or oily stains that cannot be removed by just vacuuming it.
Baby powder on the carpet before vacuuming
Baby powder is not just an excellent antiseptic, it can also be used as a cleaning agent and a deodorant.
Baby powder as a deodorant
Most rug/carpets come with offensive factory odor that can last for months if not treated. Baby powder has a powerful fragrance that can last on surfaces for days. As a result, you can make use of baby powder to help get it deodorized.
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You can get rid of greasy and oil stains on your carpet/rugs using baby powder. They are super effective and easy to use. I cannot provide you with details on how to use baby powder as a cleaner, because it is not within the scope of this article. Therefore, I will enjoin you to research more about it.
Whether you are using baby powder as a deodorant or cleaner, be rest assured that your carpet will be covered with powder dust and the best way for you to clean those dust is by vacuuming them. While this is going on, keep in mind that baby powder can affect your vacuum, hence, the reason why you have to vacuum bit by bit.
How to clean baby powder from carpet
You can get rid of baby powder stains on the carpet by following the steps below.
- If your vacuum has a nozzle attachment, suck up as much baby powder as you can with it before you start vacuuming the spot. Vacuuming will get out most of the powders in the carpet but ensure that you are in total control of the vacuuming so that the powder is not spread across other clean spots.
- Make a solution from the mixtures of liquid dishwashing soap and water inside a bucket or bowl.
- Saturate a clean white towel or sponge in the solution and wring to get rid of excess water.
- Wipe the towel on the stained spot as gently as you can so that the stain is not transferred to other clean spots.
The truth is baby powder can damage your vacuum for sure but they can as well help you keep your carpet clean, so you really can’t do away with them altogether.
If your baby powder usage is properly managed, you can prevent your vacuum from being damaged by it. You can do this by ensuring that your vacuum is thoroughly cleaned after each usage and stay clear from vacuuming a large quantity of baby powder at once. This simple tip will go a long way in helping you maintain your vacuum.