Pick up liquid spills with a shop vac
Wet dry vacuums are handy equipment for cleaning up messes of all sorts and sizes around the house. Along with cleaning dust, debris, and pet hair, these vacuums can also suck up liquid spills.
Whether the mess is due to a broken pipe or your kid spilled the milk, a shop vac can come to the rescue. Modern shop vacs are equipped to handle massive spills with ultimate ease.
Since wet dry vacs are more commonly used in industrial settings, most people aren’t aware of its domestic usage. Therefore, I will guide you on using a wet-dry vacuum for cleaning up anything from coffee spills to puddles of water.
Here’s what you need to clean up a liquid spill:
Take your vacuum to the site of the spill and follow the instructions given below. Keep kids and pets away from the area while you’re working.
Removing the filter is crucial for larger spills because a wet filter attracts mildew. However, if you’re cleaning a small spill, such as coffee or milk, there’s no need to remove the filter.
You’ll notice a moving part inside the shaft, which will ensure that the tank does not fill over its capacity. As you start sucking water, it will accumulate inside the tank.
When it reaches the maximum limit, this moving component will block off the vacuum, preventing the water from exceeding the tank’s capacity.
Insert the suction pump at the bottom of the shop vac and attach the hose to it. I’d suggest keeping the other end of the hose in the garden to let the water flow into the plants.
Alternatively, you can place the hose in the bathroom or kitchen sink to drain the water.
After vacuuming, turn on the switch. The water collected in the vac’s tank will be pumped through the hose.
As I’ve mentioned above, modern vacs have a floating or rotating component – mostly a ball mechanism – that blocks airflow when the tank has reached its maximum capacity.
When you hear this sound, stop sucking up water and turn off the vac.
Dry the inside with a soft cloth. If there’s still water remaining, repeat the steps. Otherwise, place the filter back into the shop vacuum.
How many of you have a shop vac sitting in the basement that you’ve never used because you were intimidated by its design? Well, I certainly did, until I took the plunge and realized what a blessing this machine was for household cleaning.
Now, it’s time for you to use a shop vac and tell me:
Let me know below.