A wet/dry vacuum cleaner is a vacuum cleaner that allows you to vacuum and wash all with one cleaner. With a wet/dry vacuum you can clean water spills efficiently and also remove dust, dirt, mites, pollens and other types of allergens.
Wet/dry vacuums are large canister type vacuums that are useful in a garage or workshop as well as in the home. Some are able to pick up large amounts of liquid spills and construction debris that would ruin a regular vacuum. They can be kept in the garage to help clean out your car or used in the home to help clean out clogged sinks. Some of these vacuums can even help you drain a couple of feet of water from your basement!
Wet/dry vacuum cleaners come in various sizes and gallon capacities. Some of them are:
Wall mount vacuum cleaners: good for quick, easy clean-ups such as spills. These can be hung on a wall for easy storage.
Six-gallon vacuum cleaners: These are good for smaller jobs. They are easy to manoeuvre and easier to store than larger models. They do fill quicker than larger models and require frequent emptying.
High capacity models: These are made for use in workshops or garages or anywhere large spills occur. The large capacity tanks on these lowers the need for emptying these very often.
There are two different types of filters used in wet/dry vacuums. There is a pleated filter that is reusable and can be rinsed. There is also a flat filter that needs to be removed when switching from dry to wet vacuum function. The pleated filer has a better filtration area than the flat filter.
There are some features that are available on a lot of these vacuum cleaners. One feature is the automatic shut off device which shuts the motor off automatically if the tank becomes full of water. This prevents the vacuum from overflowing. Some wet/dry vacuum cleaners come equipped with wide set wheels that prevent the unit from tipping over. Some also have a built-in pump attachment that allows the water to be pumped through garden hose that attaches to the vacuum.
If the wet/dry vacuum has a drain valve or spout it makes emptying the vacuum much easier. If it is a smaller unit, it probably won’t have a drain valve and then to empty the unit you must remove the lid and tip the vacuum over. If you encounter any problems when tackling a large job, that can’t be fixed by checking the filter or shut off device, it may be worth looking into hiring the services of a domestic vacuum repair service, which can be found locally online, so you can get back to the job in hand!