Does the Perfect Detailing Vacuum Really Exist?

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"Darren, I am confused about buying the right detailing vacuum. I see these other guys with mongo-sized vacuums and think that maybe I need the same; can you help?"

I am surprised how often I am asked about finding the right vacuum for detailing. Whether a person is detailing their own cars or looking to start out in the business, it is an area that is often over-thought, but is actually an area of detailing that can be more simple than all the online "gurus" might suggest.

Experience has taught me that much of the problem exists in understanding the role of the proper detailing vacuum versus what many want to confuse with carpet extractors.

The Winning Combination:
4 gallon Ridgid Vacuum

Ridgid WD4070 4 Gallon Portable Vacuum

  • Won't break the bank.
  • Wet or dry capabilities.
  • Perfect for home or professional use.
  • Rolling detail vacuum makes for easier mobility when working.
  • Back tray area doubles as small trash can.( Or a can holder for my Monster drink as I am working)

Darren's Professional Tips: Most guys think they need to go level 10 when it comes to choosing the right vacuum for detailing. I have found this simply to be unnecessary. Not only will you spend more on a larger vacuum, but it will also become an added burden to not only haul the vacuum around if you plan on being mobile, but working with it will also become problematic.

Choosing a Better Detailing Vacuum Hose

Mr. Nozzle M-100-DB Wet/Dry Vac Tool Kit

  • True professional grade equipment.
  • Much more durable than the stock vacuum hose that comes with the vacuum itself.
  • Good equipment makes your life easier and better.
  • Worth every penny.
  • Plugs right into your Ridgid vacuum.

Darren's Professional Tips: The stock vacuum hose and accessories that come with the Ridgid detail vacuum will certainly get the job done (but honestly, suck), but just like every where else in life, the right tool (or accessory in this case) can really make a huge difference. This hose will make your new Ridgid detailing vacuum a dream to work with and far exceed the performance of the stock pieces that come with the vacuum only.

Don't Forget the Vacuum Crevice Tool

Crevice Tool Slim 10 7/8" X 1.5"

using the mr nozzle crevice tool
  • The actual crevice tool I use professionally.
  • Will literally last you years. ( I have used this single crevice tool for years in the professional world)
  • Made of hard rubber/plastic; very durable material without feeling cheap.
  • Can be sanded down easily if the tip gets a jagged edge to prevent any damage to the interior of your car if ever required.
  • Fits right into the end of the Mr Nozzle hose recommended above; no adapter necessary.

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