8 Best Uses for a Wet-Dry Vacuum Cleaner

Red Craftsman wet-dry vac

Wet-dry vacuum cleaners, unlike standard ones, are designed to tackle not just dry dirt, but also liquid spills. Instead of using a vacuum bag the wet dry vacuum uses two bucket-like devices that separates liquids and solids into two different chambers. They may also have one compartment that mixes both. These cleaners come with several different accessories and though powerful, they work very smoothly. Most wet-dry vacuum cleaners come with a set of interchangeable brushes including those for cleaning out grout on tile walls or floors and they also have a very long power cord. This makes them very versatile and your day-to-day chores will become much easier if you learn how to make the best use of your wet-dry vacuum.

1 - Spills

Whatever you spill, whether it’s a cup of tea or a bottle of wine or just simply bread crumbs all over your floor your wet-dry vacuum can tackle the job.

2 - Clogged Sinks

You can free clogged sinks and baths by putting the setting to blower, not suctioning, and using the force of the expelled air to do the job.

3 - Water Mattresses

Three sets of feet peaking out from white bedding

If you have to move houses, your water mattress has to be emptied first. Use your wet-dry vacuum to do the job by inserting the nozzle into the access cover. The machine will stop automatically when the reservoir is full.

4 - Floors and Curtains

Use your wet-dry vacuum cleaner just like an ordinary one to collect dust and debris from your floors or curtains. Most vacuums come with an attachment suitable for hardwood floors and another to tackle most kinds of material.

5 - Fireplace

Your wet-dry vacuum will make the time consuming and backbreaking work of cleaning the fireplace as easy as pie. It will suck up cold ashes, wood chips and dirt in a jiffy. Be certain all materials are cooled completely prior to vacuuming.

6 - Snow Machine

Are your doorstep and path snow bound? You can clear the way by using your wet-dry vacuum and thus avoid another painstaking and time consuming job.

7 - Flooding

a flooded downstairs

There are various reasons why flooding in your house or workshop can occur such as a tap left running or a broken pipe. The wet-dry vacuum can tackle most household water disasters quite easily, thus preventing prolonged water damage. Use it to suck out the dishwasher that didn’t drain, the plumbing mess under the sink, or the remains of a nearly empty pool before storing.

8 - Carpet Cleaning

This is not such an easy a job, even with the help of your wet-dry vacuum, because the carpet has to be manually brushed with a cleaning detergent first; the machine will do a very good cleaning job of cleaning the carpet after the detergent is spread on the carpet and help with the removal of filth, mildew, marks, and stains.

If you are a proud owner of a wet-dry vacuum cleaner, you will definitely have experienced its practicality first hand. In order to acquire many years of service from your machine always abide by the manufacturer’s instruction manual and make it a point to change the vacuum's air filters regularly. Also do not pull the machine by the hose, but by the base as the hose can be easily damaged and empty the tanks before storing.