CLEAN THE SHOP VACUUM FILTER:
If cleaning is recommended for your filter and your filter is in overall good shape, or has light debris clogging the paper pleats (or filter material) then you should clean your shop vacuum filter. Otherwise replace with a new filter designed to fit your wet/dry vac. Note: These may come in various levels of filtration. Choose one that is most appropriate for your task.
While this will be covered more thoroughly in another article Cleaning your wet dry vacuum filter may include or require:
- Tapping filter on the side of a trash can to dislodge debris.
- Blowing off the filter using compressed air (The PSI would need to be set high enough to remove debris but low enough not to damaging the filter)
- Washing with water (Note : Many filters are not designed for a though washing with water and this may destroy the filter or shorten its life, and must be allowed to dry thoroughly before using)
Some of these procedures may likely cause a dust cloud, and the debris will be thrown into the air. It is recommended to do this outside, or in a well ventilated area. If you have allergies or health issues the cost of a new filter may not justify attempting to clean it.
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