What is a wet & dry vacuum?

A wet and dry vacuum cleaner can remove dry debris and liquid spills. This contrasts ordinary vacuums, which can only remove small particles of dry waste.

Dry debris includes dust, dirt, and DIY waste; liquid spills can be anything from a drink spill to cleaning fluid spills.

The powerful suction makes wet and dry vacuums suitable for heavy-duty cleaning in commercial environments, such as building sites, offices, and construction.

They're really sturdy and make cleaning easier and quicker. They can be used in professional and residential settings when cleaning after DIY or renovation works.

Wet and dry vacuums often have two disposal areas, so wet and dry debris is split for more economical disposal – and easier machine cleaning when you're done.




What are the benefits of a wet and dry vacuum?

Wet and dry vacuums are much sturdier and more substantial than average vacuum cleaners used in a residential setting. This makes them ideal for a broader range of tasks.

Firstly, traditional vacuum cleaners can't clean up liquid spills. They are not designed for this; combining ordinary electric vacuums and liquid is a hazard.

Therefore, a wet and dry vacuum makes mixed waste cleanups much faster and smoother.

They can also remove water, which would otherwise be difficult to extract. Blocked sinks and baths are common and inconvenient, and a wet and dry vacuum can quickly remove the water so you can reach the drain.

Flood water and water from burst pipes can also quickly be eradicated, allowing you to rectify the issue quicker and dry out your home.


What liquids can a wet and dry machine vacuum?

 Wet and dry vacuums can suction a range of liquids, including:

  • Spilt drinks
  • Flood water
  • Water from leaking pipework
  • Hot tub water
  • Excess water from rain
  • Water from blocked sinks and other plumbing
  • Condensation

You can also clean wheelie bins and other large containers without struggling to eliminate excess water.


What solids can wet and dry vacuums suction?

Wet and dry vacuums can work just like an ordinary household vacuum, sucking up everyday dirt and dust in your home. They're ideal for a deep clean of carpet, upholstery, and hard floors.

Sometimes, they can even be used outdoors to gather gardening waste.

You can also use them on:

  • Debris from DIY and construction work (plaster, sawdust)
  • Outdoor debris (such as leaves, dried mud, and twigs)
  • Fireplace cleanups (soot, ash)
  • Garages and driveways for stones and other potential hazards


Are there any downsides to wet and dry vacuums?

Wet and dry vacuums are bulky and heavy, so they're not designed for everyday use.

Because they're an 'as and when' tool, it can be beneficial to hire them when needed, this may be for emergencies such as flooding, burst pipes, or post-renovation work.




Speedy has a range of wet and dry vacuums available for hire, including:


So whether there’s an emergency cleanup to handle or you’ve scheduled an afternoon cleaning up after some building work, you can rely on Speedy to have all the tools you need to hire.

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