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February 23, 2021
Do Vacuum Bags Contain Fiberglass?
Right now, it's important for us to be protecting ourselves and our families due to the COVID-19 viral outbreak. With the decreased supply and increased demand for N95 rated face masks, this has left the public resorting to alternative methods of protection. Specifically, people are resorting to using vacuum cleaner bags. Our most common question in the past week is if cloth vacuum bags contain fiberglass. This is due to a viral video from a doctor in Europe stating that vacuum cleaner bags contain fiberglass.
Short answer: Vacuum bags do not contain fiberglass.
Vacuum bags have not ever and do not contain fiberglass. Cloth HEPA filter bags are created to offer the highest level of protection and filtration available and are made from a polypropylene material. This material has excellent filtration abilities intended to protect your home against allergens. Please see the table below which shows the filtration abilities of the most commonly used materials for homemade masks. The full study can be found here.
Many manufacturers are preparing statements to show their vacuum bag materials do not contain fiberglass. Here is a link to a couple of vendors who have already released their vacuum bag MSDS sheets:
The vacuum industry is a close-knit one. Our friends at Vacuums R Us, have posted a formal response to the viral fiberglass video. We stand by their video and data, as these are our findings as well. They provide links to other videos, articles, and experiments showing that vacuums do not contain fiberglass.
You may watch their video in full here:
Here is a great demonstration showing the melting point of fiberglass vs a HEPA vacuum bag:
Here is a demonstration again on the melting point of different vacuum cleaner bags vs fiberglass material, and the particle emissions of HEPA vacuum bags with a particle meter of an N95 mask vs a HEPA vacuum bag.
*Please note these videos are not done in a scientific settings, but provide excellent information of what vacuum bags are capable of filtering from your air. Also showing that these bags are not made from fiberglass.
Finally, here is the CDC's release of how to create a homemade mask:
Please stay safe and protect yourselves and your families while you are out running errands. At Vacuum Cleaner Market we are still shipping and processing orders as normal. If you have any questions on these findings, Please contact us.
We recommend any cloth HEPA rated bags.