Isn’t it frustrating if you have to wipe up water spills and accidental mess from coffee and drinks? Rags and cleaning wipes might do the surface job, but it might not be enough for bigger leaks or hard to reach areas.

In this situation, a Shop VAC might be more effective for thorough cleaning.

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Using a Shop VAC for liquid disposal is possible, and in some cases, the only option for cleaning liquid. You don’t have to look for the mop and bucket combo anymore because of this machine. Here are the benefits of using Shop VAC for water disposal and how to do it properly.

Advantages Of Using Shop VAC

For a lot of people, getting a Shop VAC is all worth it due to its benefits. You don’t need to buy two machines because Shop VACs take care of both dry and wet problems.

  • Reachability – Shop VACs can reach areas that are hard or impossible to reach using mops and rags.
  • Versatility – You can use it to clean the carpet with dust, as well as liquid spillage. This also means getting the best bang for your buck, as one device has two primary functions.
  • Power – Shop VACs pack a cleaning power that can be compared to their traditional counterparts. The suction power is quite impressive, as one can also use it for liquid.
  • Efficiency – And last but not least, Shop VACs are efficient in fuel, even with an impressive performance. It is also not as space-occupying for storage.

How to use Shop VAC for water

  1. Check your filter and bag

There are Shop VAC models that use a separate wet tank and dry tank bag for collection. However, cheaper options usually use one collection tank for both. If you have the cheaper option, check if you have a dry dust bag inside. Remove the dry bag if needed.

The next step is to remove the dry filter that is being used in the vacuum. Your dry filter can develop mildew if it makes contact with water. If you’re planning to run the vacuum directly to the tank, you can’t really use your setup for dry things.

  1. Replace your foam sleeve

Running the vacuum directly without a filter is possible in some models. However, it is not really recommended for big wet vacuuming operations. What happens is that the foam sleeve keeps the water from the collection tank from seeping into the motor, damaging the device. It’s more of a “stop device” to know if the tank is filling up. In most Shop VACs, you need to remove the retaining lid, release the cartridge filter, and slip the foam sleeve in the motor cage.

  1. Attach the right hose to suck water

Your Shop VAC should have a water hose removal accessory. Most of the time, this accessory is designed to remove water from front surfaces, including carpets. If this attachment is not available, you can also put your flat attachment, which does the job as well.

  1. Start sucking water

You can start sucking water out of the surface. Most of the time, small spillages will work just fine without incidents. However, if there’s a lot of water in the mix, you might have to monitor your Shop VAC’s container.

  1. Cleanup and dry

And last but not least, turn off the vacuum and empty the contents of the collector tank. You can do this by pouring the water out of the tank or by removing the plug for drainage. Wash the container if necessary, and hand dry it after use.

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