How Often Should Your Filter Be Cleaned & How To Do It Safely!

Feb 10, 2021 | Home Maintenance

To preserve the performance level of a professional vacuum cleaner it requires regular maintenance.

Filters are an integral part of a vacuum machine and must be cleaned after use. Cleaning of the filter improves the suction effectiveness of the machine and reduces maintenance time and costs. If the filter is blocked, the machine loses pressure & suction. A filter is like a sponge, a sponge can only hold so much water, a filter can only hold so much debris.

If material goes directly to the blower itself, the internals of the blower will become damaged. What makes our EnduroVac systems unique is that they are fitted with a safety inline filter. This filter consists of a steel mesh metal grate which acts as our blower’s insurance policy. If your collection unit is full and the primary filter is clogged, the dust & debris will travel to the safety inline filter which will prevent the material from making it to the blower.
The safety chamber can then be opened and cleaned out. This unique feature has prevented damage to many systems and has saved contractors from having to replace their blowers.

Time of maintenance depends on the frequency of use of the vacuum. If it is used several times per day or for long periods, it requires a daily filter clean.

Periodically check the integrity of the filter. If any holes, cuts or malfunctions are found, then it’s time to change your filter.

How to clean your filter

Shake the bulk of dirt/debris off and clean your filter with a garden hose. As our top hat and filter housings are used with wet & dry filters the water from a garden hose will not cause damage. DO NOT pressure wash your filter. We still need to handle them with care and too much pressure will destroy the main component of your vacuum.

Shake off as much excess water as you can and leave to dry overnight. Alternatively, you can return the filter back to the top hat or filter housing and run your machine on idle (low revs) for 5 minutes. This will dry your filter so you can continue with your work. The machine must be on idle as running the engine on full revs with a very wet filter will lead to imploding the internals of your filter.

Seals should also be checked regularly. This is a simple but very important step, because if a seal is worn, the vacuum cleaner can develop leaks which will cause suction loss. Also, material could be travelling through the faulty seal to your safety inline filter.

By following these simple steps on a daily basis, you will not only make your filter last longer but also maximise the performance of your vacuum system!

Contact our expert team today for recommendations on accessories and other tools for your business.

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