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Jul 21 2016

The Wonders of Steam Cleaning

steam-cleaningYou may have seen or heard about steam cleaners and wondered what all the fuss was about. Why are people raving about this new method of cleaning and why is it so different? That’s what we at Crucial are here to explain: How it works, how it can benefit you and your lifestyle, and some tips on making a steam cleaner work for you.

Steam cleaning uses heated and vaporized water to clean almost every surface in your home. This includes mattresses, windows, hard-surface floors; the list is nearly endless. The three types of surfaces that you shouldn’t use a steam cleaner on are paper (like wallpaper), cold glass, or unsealed floors (especially wood). Other than that, you can clean pretty much anything with a steam cleaner. Continue reading »

Jul 14 2016

4 Tips on Walking to Beat the Summer Heat!

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Now that we’re officially in the dog days of summer (so named because Sirius, the dog star, now rises when the sun does), it’s tempting to just sit inside with the air conditioning blasting. However, just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean that you should stop keeping up with your healthy habits. While exercising in the summer heat can be more strenuous, you don’t have to run fifteen miles per day to stay healthy.

We at Crucial like to get our exercise in by walking. Experts recommend that you get a half hour of exercise at least three times per week. You don’t even have to do it all at one time. Three sessions that are ten minutes long or two fifteen minute bursts are just as effective. So, take your dog for two walks around the block, or spend ten minutes on a treadmill at various times through the day. Continue reading »

Jul 6 2016

The 5 Best Ways to Maintain your Pool for a Healthy, Fun Summer!

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We’re fully into the sun and fun of summer, complete with heat and humidity. If you’re like us here at Crucial, there’s nothing better in the middle of a hot and sticky summer day than a dip in a pool. As a pool owner, you know that there’s a certain amount of responsibility that comes with having a pool. First among those is maintenance. Nobody wants to swim in a pool that has an inch-thick layer of algae floating on top. So let’s walk through weekly pool maintenance and cleaning you should be doing to keep your pool safe and sanitary. Continue reading »

Jun 28 2016

Crucial Vacuum’s Picks: Top 5 Vacuums of 2016

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Vacuum cleaners have come a long way since they were first introduced in 1905 by Walter Griffiths. Through the years, various improvements have come, including beater bars, cyclonic action, HEPA filtration and even automated robotic units. So, now, 111 years later, what are the best vacuums you can get on the market?

It really depends on what you’re looking for. A vacuum that would suit a homeowner with four cats is not the best vacuum for a college student just starting out. So, here we have a list of five of the best vacuums for you, depending on what your needs are. Continue reading »

Jun 23 2016

Why is it Important to Change Your Vacuum Filters?

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We at Crucial talk a lot about how important it is to change your filters on a timely and regular basis. Whether it’s your household furnace or central air, your vacuum cleaner, or your humidifier or air purifier, taking care of your filters is important. This is especially true if you suffer from allergies or any other sort of breathing malady. To understand why it’s so important to change your filters, you need to understand how filters work. It’s also important to understand how filters are rated; after all, not all filters are created equally. Continue reading »