Anyone would rather spend their valuable time on their workshop projects than do the cleaning – and who would want the latter, right? If you are getting tired of sweeping and mopping your workshop floors after intensive woodworking, welding, machining, etc., then it’s the right time to invest in a more efficient cleaner.
Let’s face it – workshops tend to be dirty and have a lot of clutter – wood shavings, spills, and random accessories lying about. You really need to have a formidable, efficient and reliable cleaner to tackle all these dirt and clutter every time you step into your workshop. Wet and dry vacuums are the answer to your workshop cleaning dilemmas.
A wet and dry vacuum is a fantastic alternative to your mop and broom. It is designed with a rotating brush which is usually made from materials such as nylon or microfiber. That brush picks up any dirt on your floor, and then quickly switches itself to mopping and scrubbing.
Current wet and dry vacuums are versatile because they come with various cleaning attachments. However, it is possible that these accessories may not meet all your needs. Perhaps you need a certain attachment or two which are sufficient enough for the job. But one thing is for sure: they are guaranteed to make your (literally) dirty job easier and less of a hassle.
Advantages of a wet and dry vacuum:
1) Versatility – A wet and dry vacuum can be used for virtually every cleaning task. It can pick up from large debris to the minutest of particles. It can clean up wet spills. It can also do things other than cleaning, such as inflating pool toys and mattresses, retrieving objects from a sink, getting rid of snow from the pathways or even unclogging a pipe. So as you can see, you can get more from this machine other than cleaning. It will prove to be an indispensable part of your workshop.
2) Power – A wet and dry vacuum has a very strong lifting and suction power. This feature makes this machine efficient in removing virtually every dirt and spills. It leaves your floor practically spotless, it does not need another sweeping or scrubbing!
3) A time-saver – One of the most significant advantages of wet and dry vacuums is time savings. You do not have to go back to the same area or section of the floor to brush or mop it. All you need to do is to tap the handle of the vacuum and you can effortlessly switch from brushing to mopping.
4) Size – Wet and dry vacuums come in various sizes, which vary from ½- to 15-gallon capacity. They are also available in various motor capacities. What you need to remember is that the bigger the tank, the heavier it becomes as it fills up. The built-in wheels may make moving it across the floor easier, but you still have to deal with this machine’s weight if you’re going to take it up the stairs.
Highly recommended wet/dry vacuums
If you are looking for a budget wet/dry vac that can be as powerful as the high-end ones, you should consider this product from Shop-Vac. It features a 2-peak horsepower motor, a 1.5-gallon tank, as well as top and side handles, plus wheels wheels for easy transport. Like many wet/dry vacuums, the Shop-Vac 1.5 Gallon All-in-One Wet and Dry Vac comes with a number of accessories that range from a 7-foot hose to a round brush and wall mount bracket. You can also use it as a blower. The compact size of this cordless vacuum saves you storage space as well.
This five-gallon cleaning powerhouse has a 5.5 peak HP motor that delivers superior lifting and suction power. Its on-board storage allows you to keep the hose and cord back in place when not in use. Like many other wet/dry vacuums, the Vacmaster Professional Vacuum easily converts itself to a blower. Its rugged polypropylene exterior is highly resistant to scratches, corrosion and impact.
A busy workshop is most likely a very dirty workshop, and it needs a super-powerful vacuum to deal with all the nasty clutter and debris. The Bissell MultiClean Wet/Dry Garage and Auto Vacuum Cleaner is definitely up for the job. It’s 11-amp motor alone makes it a formidable machine for wet and dry cleaning. It can also do other functions such as blowing, clearing dirt and debris from any surface of your workshop, and even blow inflatable mattresses. Its two-stage filtration helps to extend the useful life of the filter and allows for easier clean-up.
The last thing that you want to hear is more noise, especially if you’ve encountered too much of it from the motors of your power tools. Good thing the DeWalt DXV10P Gallon Quiet Poly Wet Dry Vacuum runs quietly. Perhaps its quietness is reasonable because of its 5.5 peak horsepower, which provides enough power to suck in all the dirt and the debris and clear all the clutter in your workshop. Its long 20-feet cord with cord wrap enables you to reach every corner of your workshop that needs some good cleaning.
Some people are a particular stickler to cleanliness and orderliness. They want to keep and maintain their equipment, tools and other odds and ends in order after using them. Plus, they want all the surfaces clean – the floors and workstations in particular. If you have already owned a canister wet/dry vacuum such as the products mentioned earlier, complete your cleaning arsenal with the Fujiway Handheld Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. You can use it to clear away sawdust, sand and liquid spills from any surface in your workshop – desks, seats, workspace, shelves and cabinets, as well as floors. This is the perfect tool when you need to do quick, last-minute clean-ups.