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The wet/dry vacuum cleaner combination is no longer

just for a workshop.  Over the years, the driving

technology has improved a great deal, deceasing

the loud screeching noises that the vacuums were

so very well known for.


When you go out to buy a wet/dry vacuum with both

wet and dry features, you'll need to know some of

the details.  The vacuums are available in a variety

of different sizes and HP, ranging from 6 - 22 gallons

and 1.5 - 10.5 HP.  The capacity of the wet/dry

vacuum should match your needs in the following



1.  Wall mount vacuum cleaners with 1.5 HP

and a 1 gallon tank are available for quick and easy

cleanup jobs, such as spills.  You can also hang

this type on the wall as well, which will keep it out

of your way.


2.  The six gallon vacuum cleaners are ideal

for smaller jobs and are easy to maneuver and store

than a larger model.  Keep in mind however, that the

smaller wet/dry cleaners are much louder and also

more prone to tipping over.  The smaller the tank,

the more often you will have to stop and empty it.


3.  Higher capacity models are recommended

if you have a workshop or garage where larger spills

occur.  A large capacity tank will decrease the number

of times that you have to empty the tank.

When you looking for the best wet/dry vacuum for

you, you should look for the following options and



-  The pleated cartridge filter.  It is

reusable and rinseable, and provides more filtration

area than the flat filter and it doesn't need to

be removed when you switch from the dry to wet

vacuum function.


-  An automatic shut off device is available

with most newer vacuum cleaners.  This mechanism

will shut off the motor automatically once the

tank has become full of water, which will prevent

it from overflowing.


-  A wide set of wheels will help to prevent

the vacuum from tipping over.


-  There are some of the larger models that

have the ability to convert to a leaf blower, which

is great if you have a lot of trees in your yard.


-  Some wet/dry models have a built in pump

attachment as well.  This type of attachment will

allow the water to be pumped through a garden hose

that attaches to the vacuum.


-  A handy drain valve or sprout will make

emptying the vacuum cleaner a snap.  If it doesn't

have this feature, you'll have to remove the

lid and tip the vacuum to the side to empty all of

the water.  Depending on how much water you have

in the tank, you could easily and accidentally

spill it on the floor.  The smaller types of wet/dry

vacuums normally don't have a spout or drain



-  Wider hoses and floor nozzles are great

to have as well.  The wider the hose and nozzle

are, the less likely the vacuum will be to clog up

on you.


If they aren't provided with the vacuum you decided

on, you can also purchase the following attachments:

1.  Crevice tool - this handy tool will

easily get in tight corners and around floor edges.


2.  Extension wand - this will make the hose

longer for hard to reach areas.


3.  Hose couplings - this will join the

extension wand to the hose.


4.  Combination nozzle - this helps to

alleviate the need of switching nozzles before you

switch functions.


5.  Gulper nozzle - this tool is ideal for

the wet vacuum function.


6.  Round brush - this nifty little tool

is ideal for scrubbing.


7.  Cleaning kit - this kit will include

everything you need to clean delicate upholstery and

other areas as well.

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