Can Pleated Shop - Vac Filters Be Washed ?

 
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:41 AM   #1
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Can Pleated Shop - Vac Filters Be Washed ?


Just curios to know if the cylinder type shop vac filters can be effectively cleaned - extending their life ? I'm thinking running water through them would clog up the media ?

I use the near HEPA filter 98% - 99% ($20) with a collection bag inside the canister. Maybe with the economy picking up I can get a Fein or Festool vac. But until then I need to make due with what I have.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:48 AM   #2
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Re: Can Pleated Shop - Vac Filters Be Washed ?


This is the brand filter I used in my shop vacs. They are washable and worked very well. I don't think the paper ones are washable, that is why I went to the Clean Stream filters.

http://www.cleanstream.com

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That's a neat vid on the clean stream. That's the ticket.

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I didn't know my wife would be upset when I put them in the dishwasher to clean them.

Really I did, just didn't care, she'll got over it.

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I blow the dust off my filters either with a compressor or with another shop vac. When I use the other shop vac I just blow through the inside of the dirty filter (i.e. opposite from the way the filter got dirty).

When I use the compressor I blow along the outside almost parallel to the surface. The compressor pressure is higher and may damage the filter if you blow through it. BTDT

Obviously blowing it clean makes a disgusting cloud of dust, but you don't get a bunch of sludge to deal with and if you do it frequently it's not too bad. (Or get one of your henchmen to do it. LOL)
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Of course you also have to consider what materials you are blowing into the air or dissolving into the water. I'm primarily dealing with sawdust.
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I've washed the blue ones several times.
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Re: Can Pleated Shop - Vac Filters Be Washed ?


What they said.

Blow it out with a compressor or suck it out with another vac.

If you're using the collection bags you shouldn't be getting all that much crap into the filter as it is though, especially with just sawdust.
I find PVC and drywall dust is what really mucks things up.
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Glad i saw this post ive been cleaning my barn the last few days and the vacs been sluggish i blew it out with the compressor today the two times i emptied it and it worked so much better
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I always use bags, just don't pick up set!
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Re: Can Pleated Shop - Vac Filters Be Washed ?


I tried hosing off a rigid filter once and the drywall dust just turned it into a rock hard statue. Use another vac to suck the filter clean instead.

The past three years or so I've only been using bags in my shopvac and I can get well over a year with the same filter.
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Re: Can Pleated Shop - Vac Filters Be Washed ?


I've always just hosed them off with a hose end sprayer. I really don't know if the filtration changed but, if it did, I didn't notice. This includes pleated paper filters and whatever material the Hepa models are made of.
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I will just tap it on the side of the dumpster to knock off the loose stuff. We also use bags in conjunction with the pleated filter. Only time it gets real gummed ups when the bag tears and I don't catch it.
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Re: Can Pleated Shop - Vac Filters Be Washed ?


I swear by the cleanstream filters for standard shop type vacs.

I have 2 Clean Stream filters that I rotate through my craftsman vac.
I just knock the filters out in the trash, then hose em off.

While one is on the shelf drying, I use the other.
Going on 4? yrs now with those 2 filters.
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I have only ever used the blue ridgid filters in my shop vac. Sometimes I blow em off other times I wash them with the garden hose. I very rarely have to buy a new one. I only use the ones for fine dust. Air works sometimes but you need to wash them to get them really clean.

I open up the pleats with my one have on the inside and run the hose under pressure on the outside. Has worked well for me.
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I wash those blue rigid ones all the time. I always use a vac bag for drywall dustbut one of these days Im going to get that dust deputy thing and be done with it.
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Spray them off with an air hose. I use them in conjunction with bags, makes them last a LOT longer!

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