It is very easy to whip out your vacuum to clean up any spills or other messes in your home. While this is ideal for cleaning many everyday household messes, there are some things that you absolutely should not use your vacuum to clean, such as water, glass, etc.
So this naturally makes you curious if you can use your vacuum for one of the easiest things to spill, sugar. Sugar is commonly used in its powdered form all over the world and, when spilled, is one of the most annoying things to clean.
So, this guide will help you understand when to use your vacuum to clean up sugar. Exact steps to clean sugary messes (all kinds) are also given in this article.
Can You Vacuum Sugar?
You can vacuum sugar as long as it is dry, powdered sugar. However, where the spilled sugar has some form of moisture in it or it is sugar water, it is a bit more complicated, and you should avoid using a vacuum to clean it up.
There is also the issue of the surface on which you spilled the sugar. If it is dried sugar on hard surfaces or carpets, you can vacuum it up right away and on other surfaces, use a different cleaning method.
4 Reasons Why You Should Vacuum Dry Sugar
Here are four reasons you should use a vacuum to clean up the dry sugar spills in your home.
1- Better than Brushing
The vacuum’s suction will pick up all the tiny particles that are difficult to clean with a brush or by hand. This means that there will be no sugar residue left that can become a cleaning mess in the future.
2- Less Time Consuming
It is a more straightforward cleaning process that will take you a few minutes to get rid of all the sugar particles and clear out the bag or canister of your vacuum.
3- Vacuum Works Better in Nooks
The vacuum can get to sugar particles that you spilled in tight corners and small spaces. It would be difficult for you to clean these areas by hand or using a broom.
4- Sugar Particles Can Cling to the Brush/Broom
Using a vacuum ensures that all the sugar particles are disposed of. With a manual brush and dustpan, there is the chance that the brush could hold on to several particles or you may let some particles fall out of the dustpan.
However, the vacuum securely stores everything it picks up in the canister or bag.
3 Reasons Why You Should NOT Vacuum Wet Sugar
Like, we said earlier, not all sugar messes should be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner. This includes spilled dry sugar that has come in contact with moisture and is no longer solid and sugar water.
Here are three reasons why you should not use a vacuum to clean these up;
1- Moisture can Damage Your Vacuum
The sugar water can get into the inner components of your vacuum and cause severe damage (such as electrical failures due to mildew growth), and wet sugar clumps can get stuck in the bag, canister, or vacuum parts.
2- Might Spread the Mess
Instead of sucking up all the sugar, your vacuum might actually spread the mess. This is possible where it is sugar water you are trying to clean or a damp, sticky sugar mess.
The vacuum suction might just spread the mess and further damage the surface.
3- Can Attract Unwanted Guests
Suppose you vacuum up the wet sugar mess and don’t clean up your vacuum immediately; the mess inside your vacuum could attract insects, pests, and mildew growth, which can cause electrical faults with your vacuum.
Best Ways to Get Sugar Out of the Carpet?
Methods to clean sugar spills vary, depending on the type of surface it was spilled on.
Get Dried Sugar Out of Carpet
To clean dried sugar, the first method you can use is a hand broom and dustpan.
Using the hand broom, gather all the particles into one area or mound and gently sweep them into the dustpan. This method comes with the risk of scattering the particles into a wider space but can also be easy and effective when used with care and patience.
The second way to clean up dried sugar particles is with your vacuum.
Aim carefully and suck in all the sugar particles lying on your carpet. Afterward, you can give your vacuum a quick clean to ensure that there are no particles left behind. Just ensure that you clean out the bag or canister of your vacuum after, and you’re good to go.
Get Sugar water Out of Carpet
This is a bit more complicated, but we have got the solution for you. Here is the process you can use to get that sugar water out of your carpet before it turns into a bigger mess or starts attracting insects and pests.
1- Clean cloth or paper towels
2- Spray bottles
3- Club soda
4- Vinegar or a Commercial spot cleaner
5- Dishwashing liquid
6- Spoon/spatula (optional)
Step 1: Use the cloth or paper towels to blot the wet spots until you have absorbed all the liquid (in the cloth/paper) that you can.
If there are thick clumps of moist sugar, use a spoon or spatula to gently lift them off the carpet and dispose of them.
Step 2: Fill the spray bottle with warm water and a bit of the dishwashing liquid and spray the mixture onto the wet area, making sure to cover the spot thoroughly but not soak the carpet.
Step 3: Blot the area again and repeat step 2 with warm water to remove the soap residue.
If there are stains still left after you have cleaned with water, use either the club soda, vinegar, or commercial cleaner to spray the stained areas and leave it to soak for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Use the water process to clean the area again and dry the wet spots with paper towels. You can also use a blow dryer or fan to ensure that the carpet dries thoroughly.
Best Ways to Clean Sugar off Your Floor
When it comes to hard surface floors, cleaning sugar and cleaning sugar water are two different things and have to be tackled by different methods.
Clean Powdered Sugar off Wood Floors
1- Hand broom
2- Vacuum cleaner
3- Mop / Steam mop
4- Ammonia (Optional)
5- Trash bag
Step 1: Use a hand broom to gently gather the sugar particles into one area, making sure not to scatter them.
Step 2: Use your vacuum to suck up all the sugar particles from the wood floor. Be careful while using the vacuum on your hardwood floors so as not to scratch them. Canister Vacuums are usually better on hardwood floors.
Step 3: Use a damp warm mop to clean up the floor so that any leftover particles are picked up.
If you feel any stickiness, add a half cup of ammonia to your water mix and try again. You can also use a steam mop but use it sparingly.
Step 4: Empty the sugar particles in the bag or canister of your vacuum immediately.
You must minimize the amount of moisture you use when cleaning wood floors as excess moisture may affect the wood itself or the protective seal.
Clean Powdered Sugar off Other Types of Floors
1- Soft brush
2- Vacuum cleaner
4- Microfiber cloth
Step 1: Use a soft brush to gather all the sugar particles on your floor into one heap or corner.
Step 2: Use your vacuum to suck up all the sugar particles. If you have a microfiber attachment for your vacuum, use it and do a thorough sweep of your floor.
Step 3: Use a damp mop to do a sweep over the floor. Ensure that your mop is not too wet, as this can seep into the surface and damage it. Then use a microfiber cloth to dry the floor.
How to Clean up Sugar Water
When the mess on your floor is from sugar water, there is a whole new ballgame to the cleaning approach you will adopt.
Sugar water can seep into the floor’s surface and be very difficult to clean, but we’ve got a method anyways.
1- Dish soap
2- Warm water
6- Buckets (2)
7- Towel / Microfiber cloth
Step 1: Use a spatula to pick up any clumps of sugar in the sugar water mess.
Step 2: Mix some dish soap and warm water in a bucket, then dip your mop into the solution and wring out the excess water.
Step 3: Mop the area thoroughly where the water was spilled, and then use fresh water on the mop to clean up the dish soap solution.
Step 4: Mix half a cup of ammonia with warm water in a bucket and dip your mop in it. Wring out the excess solution and mop the stained spots again.
Step 5: Pour a cup of vinegar into another bucket of warm water and mop over the ammonia solution. Use fresh water to moisten your mop and clean the area one last time.
Try to remove as much moisture from your mop as possible so that the sugar water is directly attacked and you avoid causing any damage to your floor.
Step 6: Use towels, a microfiber cloth, or a fan to dry the floor immediately after using the clean water to mop the floor.
Remember that it’s not every sugar mess that you can clean with a vacuum; sometimes, you’ve got to get on your knees and do the job manually.
With all the information and cleaning steps we provided in this article, you are fully armored to tackle those annoying sugar spills and eliminate the sticky spots behind sugar water and wet sugar messes.
You have to be careful when cleaning your floor, don’t be too harsh or use acidic, strong cleaning chemicals, or you’ll leave some marks that can ruin the beauty of the surface.