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Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaners - Important Details You Need To Know

By Edited Jun 13, 2016 1 1

Wet dry vacuum cleaners used to be something that was only used in workshops, things have changed and the technology has improved a lot since then.There are some important details you need to know when you go out to buy a wet dry vacuum cleaner.

First of all the vacuum cleaners are available in a few different sizes ranging from 6 to 22 gallons and 1.5 to 10.5 horse power (HP), choose the type that best matches your needs.Here are a few examples.

For quick and easy cleanup jobs like spills on the floor, a wall mount wet dry vacuum cleaner with 1.5 HP will be the best choice.You can hang it on the wall so it is out of the way.If you are only going to be doing smaller jobs, then a six gallon cleaner would be the best choice.It is easier to store than a large model and maneuvering is easier as well.

Small wet dry vacuum cleaners are much louder than large models and will tip over more easy.Because the tank is smaller you need to empty it more often too.You will need a larger cleaner with more capacity if you have your own workshop and there is a risk that larger spills can occur.A bigger tank holds more, so you do not need to empty it so often.

Wet dry vacuum cleaners come in many different makes and models.Here are some of the key options and features you need to look for.

What filter does it have? Wet dry vacuum cleaners has a pleated cartridge filter or a flat filter.The pleated cartridge filter is rinseable and reusable compared to the flat filter that also has to be removed when you switch from dry to wet on the vacuum cleaner.

Most newer cleaners have an automatic shut off device which automatically shuts off the motor once the tank is full of water, this prevents it from overflowing.

The design is also important, the cleaner needs to have a wide set of wheels so it will not tip over so easily.

If you have trees in your yard you can also use the cleaner as leaf blower.Some large cleaner models have the ability to convert into a powerful yard blower.

Depending on the model of the vacuum cleaner, it may have a built in pump attachment as well.This allows the water to be pumped through the garden hose that is attached to the cleaner.

Emptying the cleaner is a lot easier with a drain valve.If your cleaner model does not have a drain valve then you need to open the lid and tip the cleaner to the side and empty the water.There is a risk that you accidentally spill some on the floor so you need to be careful, smaller models do normally not come with a drain valve.

In order to keep the vacuum cleaner working properly and not get clogged up you need to use wider hoses and floor nozzles.You can also buy the following attachments separately from the store if they are not included.

  • A crevice tool, will make it a lot easier to get around floor edges and in tight corners.
  • The combination nozzle, makes it unnecessary to switch nozzles before you switch from wet to dry or the other way around.
  • The gulper nozzle, the best option for wet vacuuming.
  • The extension wand, makes the hose longer for areas that are difficult to reach.
  • Hose couplings, joins the extension wand to the hose.
  • A round brush makes scrubbing a lot easier for speed cleaning purposes.
  • A cleaning kit, often includes everything you need to clean delicate areas like upholstery for instance.


Oct 20, 2010 8:55am
Good, practical information about Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaners. They are handy to have in an emergency!
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