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How Do I Know If I Need To Change The Filters?There are times when you can simply clean the filter and start using it again. However, if you notice any rips or tears, this is a good sign that you should replace your shop vac filter. Shop-vac tends to last for many years, with proper care and maintenance. If you continue using it with a teared-up filter, dust and other particles will escape the filter and get into the main unit. This will clog your shop vac and lessen the lifespan of the motor. Now, most of the time, the filter can be rinsed using a high-pressure hose or a power washer. However, there are other techniques that you can apply to effectively clean the filter and make it ready for its next use.
Cleaning A Shop Vac FilterThe tool that cleans your workspace also needs cleaning. Take the time to clean the internal components of your shop vac to prolong the lifespan of the motor and ensure reliable and efficient operation. A shop vac may contain more than one filter. Depending on their condition, you might need to replace them. However, most of them are reusable and for that reason, knowing how to clean a shop vac filter is a must if you don’t want to buy replacements. Filters don’t come cheap, and you don’t want to spend the equivalent of a shop vac on filters. Aside from one area, which is the filter, these versatile units have little need for maintenance. With that being said, let’s jump right into the process.
Picking The Perfect Time To Clean Your Shop Vac FilterEvery filter has an expected lifetime. If you use your shop vac more often, you might need to check the filter before it reaches its expected lifetime. You see, the paper filters inside a shop vac can easily become clogged. It might seem obvious, but when was the last time you checked the label of your particular filter? If you are a heavy user or frequently use your shop vac to control fine particles, the filter inside the vacuum can wear out quickly. Now, depending on the filter’s condition, you might need to change it out or clean it. If you don’t want to spend money on filters or you can’t change it for some other reason, you can try cleaning the unit. There are two ways you can go about this.
- Traditional Method
- Cleaning With Compressed Air
Steps For Cleaning A Dry Shop Vac FilterIn the following section, I’m going to go through the steps of cleaning a dry shop vac filter. Before you start cleaning, make sure to follow these steps.
- Always clean in a well-ventilated area
- Unplug the vacuum
- Wear a protective mask
Final ThoughtsShop vac takes care of your workshop and you should take care of your shop vac. Shop vac filters like the Shop-Vac 9010700 and the Shop-Vac 90137 are suitable for reusing after cleaning. Cleaning a shop vac filter might seem like a lot of work, but it is for the wellbeing of your shop vac. If you want to ensure your precious machine is working effectively, routine maintenance is absolutely necessary. It’s not just the filters. You should also clean the vacuum itself.
I'm Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor, content marketer, and dad. I love trying out new equipment, and together with my team I've been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.