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Post# 459831   1/28/2023 at 22:25 (451 days old) by dsmith5195 (Chicago)        

Hi all. I know miele warns against vacuuming construction drywall dust.
How about incense ash? Would that be safe and not damage my machine or its components?
Thanks fellows and fellowettes.

Post# 459834 , Reply# 1   1/29/2023 at 06:12 (451 days old) by Centralvacs1928 (Chicagoland)        

Small amounts of fine dust like ash are no problem as long as you are using genuine Miele bags and filters. Check periodically to make sure you see no dust in the bag chamber (that would have worked its way through the bag).

What happens when you pick up large quantities of fine dust (like drywall dust or ash) is that the bag's pores clog quickly, and the back pressure created causes the dust to be forced around seals, through bag and filter pores, etc...right into the parts of the machine that are supposed to be handling clean air only. This is where the damage can easily happen.

If you're picking up small incidental amounts of fine dust, mixed in with regular house dirt, pet hair etc from normal vacuuming, you won't have a problem. Just don't use the vacuum to gobble up tons and tons of it at once.

Post# 459845 , Reply# 2   1/29/2023 at 13:35 (451 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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How much ash are you talking about here? Because if you're wondering that it can handle your fireplace or not, then I would recommend you'd just get an ash vacuum instead or at least an interceptor for your Miele. Especially if the ashes were hot or red, chances are high where you can catch your Miele on fire.

Post# 459852 , Reply# 3   1/29/2023 at 22:25 (450 days old) by dsmith5195 (Chicago)        

I'm just vacuuming the incense tray after 1 or 2 sticks or incense cones.


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Post# 459855 , Reply# 4   1/30/2023 at 03:07 (450 days old) by adiostoreador (Fredonia, NY)        

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I think you’d be ok, especially with a bagged machine. I use mine regularly for this and have yet to see any issues.

Post# 459877 , Reply# 5   1/30/2023 at 15:44 (450 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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You should be fine. Very little like that would not hurt the machine.

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