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Old 05-15-2006, 01:43 PM   #1
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Clean your smoke-eater/HEPA filters, save $$$

This weekend it was time to change out the HEPA filters on my air filtration unit that I keep in my office for smoking cigars. My unit has 3 filters and they run about $20 apiece, at 6 month replacement intervals, that's $120 a year in filters. This time, I decided I would try to clean them rather than replace them. Worst case scenario is that it fails and I throw them away anyway, right? I thought about the best way to clean them, then it dawned on me. I use a soaking solution to clean my hot tub filter, which is basically a larger version of these HEPA filters. I bought a bottle of spa filter cleaner at Wal-Mart for $4.00 and soaked my HEPA filters for 3 hours. It worked like a charm, the water was completely black with all the dirt and smoke residue that had been removed. After thoroughly rinsing the filters in clean water, they looked brite white and completely new, and fully odor free. I dried them out and put them back in and it's like having brand new filters for $4.00. So for anyone in a similar situation, save yourself some money and try it out. I see no reason that I can't clean these several times and get years of use from the same set.
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