I have had my Sears shop vac for many years (maybe
10 or so). It is great. Almost immediately after buying
it, I purchased a Gortex Clean Stream filter to fit. I have
never regretted it. This filter filters much better than the original
paper plus it seems to last forever - well at least 10 years.
The problem with it is cleaning it. It seems that after a month
or so, I actually have to clean the thing. Here is what I do:
I wheel the vac out to the driveway, then pull up the motor
housing (with filter) and start pounding on it with my
dust brush - the fine powder drops into the cannister. I
continue rotating/tapping - then brushing between the
pleats until I am satisfied. It usually works out fine.
I'm wondering if anyone has found a better/easier
method to clean these great filters.
If it's the same kind of HEPA filter I have, after removing most like you
do, I rinse it off with the kitchen sink spray. Takes some time, and the
filter/stariner thingy over the drain has to be cleaned after. It's best
to let the filter dry before using it, but it is supposed to be for a
wet/dry vac (at least mine is).
loutent (in 200820052058530293% email@example.com) said:
| The problem with it is cleaning it. It seems that after a month
| or so, I actually have to clean the thing. Here is what I do:
| I wheel the vac out to the driveway, then pull up the motor
| housing (with filter) and start pounding on it with my
| dust brush - the fine powder drops into the cannister. I
| continue rotating/tapping - then brushing between the
| pleats until I am satisfied. It usually works out fine.
Easier way: I dump the canister contents into a trash can, then set
the inverted top on the canister and hit it with the air hose. Cleans
out the pleats completely and the ShopVac is ready to use again in
less than five minutes total.
I picked up an 18" wand that keeps me out of the dust and makes the
job go faster. It's worth every penny of the $3 or so I paid for it.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Thanks for the replies,
I have avoided the wet (garden hose) method for fear
of sucking moisture into the motor - if I didn't allow
enough drying time.
I will try some of the "dry" methods first I think.
I got one a number of years ago... at first I (honestly!) read the
instructions and used water... and the metal part began to rust.
Since then it's outside on the downwind side of the shop and blast with a
compressed air hose!
I have a couple of shop vacs, a small one I acquired when I was first
setting up my shop and the big one I use now. I take the big filter
out, beat most of the dust off, then use the small vac with a brush
attachment to suck the rest of the dust out. Sometimes I hit it with
the garden hose as well. So far I've only had to replace one filter,
and that was because I used the wet /dry vac to suck up some spilled
pool chemicals (muriatic acid) and it kinda ate the filter...
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