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Cordless vacuum and cleaning the van ?

I dont know where the time goes . 

Cleaning the van becomes a bit of a chore in these busy times .

I try and take it to the jet wash as much as possible but often find i am in a que adding more time to a busy schedule .

Any recommended products available for cleaning a white van quickly  appreciated . 

Also is there a decent hand held cordless vacuum for cleaning the interior which doesn't take 4 hours to charge to give just 12 minutes of suction .

Thanks .

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  • PRO

    Several years ago I bought the cheap Makita and it was the worst tool I ever had off them. Eventually I threw it away.

    I have replaced it with another Makita which is far better.


    Makita DVC750LZ
    <p> Makita DVC750LZ 18v Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner Body Only</p>
  • PRO

    Bearing in mind I have a 110 volt Festool extractor vacuum I bought from the same supplier as well.

  • PRO

    I bought one of last Festool vacs that Nuts and Bolts had left that doesn’t have a Bluetooth connection at a particularly good price, one of the plumbers bought the new all singing and dancing Bluetooth 240 volt version and says the best thing about it is being able to reverse the hose and use it to blow dry his two motorbikes after jet washing them.

  • Open all the doors and start your leaf blower... 

    • PRO

      Like.... :) 

      That is what I do, and if the van gets really filthy, it gets a £20 hand car wash from the local Romanians 

    • Thought I'd invented that one... 😄

  • We bought a piece of rubber flooring and cut it to fit the floor in the back of the van and can.

    A quick brush, lift it out and a quick hose down, takes 5 mins, leave it dry and back in it goes.

    Great at protecting the floor as well.

    With the outside, we bought one of those brush attachments for a hose, every couple weeks I give it a light going over, 20 minutes. Then have it jet washed every couple months, that keeps it relatively clean looking.

  • Hi all

    We are all different types of gardeners. Some just do little lawns all the way up to landscapers.  So here is my take i have a Vauxhall vivaro racked out for stihl power tools and room for a mower. 

    Flooring. Costco do a great rubber / plastic floor covering which can be tailored to your van its very durable oils spills etc easily cleaned

    I personally keep my van very clean and tidy ..yes sad i now.... I use old carpet cut to measure then covered in thick cardboard...  there is plenty of this thick card board that can be recycled from Amazons deliveries

    I use an old Dyson to keep both the cab and back tidy . 

    In the cab I use double layer seat covers and thick rubber over mats that cover the entire front floor and the rubber mats for the foot Wells

    Every night I give the front a quick vacuum as I take my collie with me most days. Then once a month toss the cardboard out from the back quick vac and fresh cardboard installed

    One of my clients has a Karcher 240v wet vac which I used recently ..very light and does the job well and cheap

    Hope this helps from a commercial gardener obviously with too much time on my hands ....


    • PRO

      Thanks everyonel some useful tips here . 

      For some reason i had never considered blowing the interior clean when its an obvious solution ( with dust mask and safety glasses at hand ) . 

      I always blow the lawn mower before putting it back in the van .

      Rubber matting a great idea .  Cardboard i can get tonnes from a local kitchen fitter , we tend to use the thick work top size stuff as a temporary weed barrier . 

      My wife suggests not eating my lunch in the van those crumbs get everywhere but its also a bolt hole , a place to shelter from the rain , a mobile office and a canteen , who can resist the odd biscuit . 

      Decided though it must be better for my mental health having a clean uncluttered cab .



      • 👍👍but eating in the van is allowable......would she stand in the rain or beating sun to eat her lunch ??

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