No matter how hard you try to keep sand out of the home, it always finds its way in. You probably know the pain of getting the sand out of carpets and hard floors like tile. You probably have gone through a couple of vacuum cleaners in the past that end up dying because they can’t handle the sand.
When it comes to vacuuming sand, I only know of 2 vacuums that work the best – a Shop Vacuum or the Dyson Ball Multi Floor Upright Corded Vacuum. Out of the two, the shop vacuum is going to be able to handle more abuse like heavier sand and random objects like coins, but each one has its purpose.
**We also have One Cool Trick Below that can significantly help you with getting the sand out of the Carpet!
Sand – What Vacuum To Get
Sometimes you have heavy sand from the farm or horse stables, and sometimes you have soft beach sand.
Each kind of sand proposes many different ways to suck it up. The heavy sand does the most damage to vacuum cleaners and will kill any budget vacuum. The soft sand is much harder to pick up if you don’t have a vacuum cleaner with good suction, this is why I recommend the Dyson multi-floor for this type of sand.
As you can see, if you’re dealing with heavy sand that you would see at a farm, horse stable, or country setting then you should go with the Shop Vacuum like this one (Amazon Link Ad) to suck up the heavier-dirtier-sand.
If you’re dealing with beach or lake sand, then you need to get the Dyson Ball Multi Floor Upright Corded Vacuum as it has some of the best suction needed for soft sand.
Budget Is A Concern
If you have a tight budget, then the only real option is a shop vacuum. If you do have the beach or lake style sand, then I really recommend the Dyson because of its suction and beater brush. Many shop vacuums don’t have the beater brush, but to solve that issue you can see our tip below to help lift the sand up out of the carpet.
If you have a company and just need a good vacuum to use then go with the shop vacuum. A shop vacuum can take the constant beating and suck up odd things into it. Some even have the ability to suck up water which is a common thing when sand is involved.
Some people may find the shop vacuum to be more cumbersome but they can do wonders when it comes to heavy dirty sand and general cleaning in a busy setting.
What Shop Vacuum To Get
When it comes to shop vacuums the one you should get depends on your needs. The more horsepower it has, the better.
I like to stay above 4HP when it comes to a shop vacuum.
The capacity also depends on what you’re going to use it for. If you’re just using the shop vacuum around the home or small areas, then a capacity of around 5 gallons or even 4 gallons is enough. If you plan on using it for bigger areas or commercial intent, then you might want to consider the larger model.
Shop Vacuum Attachments
If you do go with a shop vacuum make sure to either get a model with the floor attachment or pick up floor attachments for it. If you don’t get the floor/carpet attachments, then you’ll be cleaning with the hose or the small attachments that work fine but are a pain the butt to clean big areas.
When it comes to the lighter softer sand that you find at beaches and lake houses a Dyson has never let me down. In fact, every time I go to rent a beach house all I see is Dysons being used; even some hotels use them.
But the biggest reason is the amount of suction Dyson’s have compared to some other vacuum cleaners. Dyson does really well at getting the sand out of the carpet along with other nasty stuff that lives in your carpets.
There are many types of Dyson vacuum cleaners now, but I’m a fan of the Dyson Ball Multi Floor Upright Corded Vacuum.
A Cool Trick!
Sometimes the reason why sand can be so hard to get out of a carpet is that it clings to the carpet fibers. This is normal from walking on the carpet as it gets matted down over time making it stick even more.
To help get the sand out of the carpet a neat trick I learn is to pick up a Carpet Rake (Amazon Link Ad). A carpet rake will loosen up the fibers, kind of like brushing hair. This makes it easier for the vacuum to suck up sand from the carpet.