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Sep 12 2014

Which vacuum attachment tool for which surface?

Crucial Vacuum - Attachment

Vacuum cleaners usually come with several different kinds of attachments. But if you’re like me, you usually stick to one or two attachments and the rest get stored away. However learning what each attachment does can maximize your vacuum’s efficiency and get you the deepest clean.

Beater Bar Attachment

32mm turbo air driven tool

The beater bar attachment is my favorite vacuum attachment. It is the head on most upright vacuums. It is also called a power or turbo brush. It’s known as the beater bar attachment because it has a beater bar or brush roller. It’s your basic all around tool. The beater bar stirs up dust and debris from the surface, while the suction picks it up. It’s the best for carpets.
 

Crevice Tool

Dyson DC07 DC14 Crevice Tool

The Crevice tool is my second favorite vacuum attachment. It gets in between tight areas and my ceiling. I even clean my laptop’s keyboard with it especially with the mini micro attachment tool kit. It fits perfectly under the refrigerator and extracts all the dust from my A.C.

 

 

Dusting Brush

Dyson DC07 DC14 Dusting Brush Tool

The dusting brush tool is one that spends the most time stored away. However when utilized probably, it is the best tool for delicate cleaning. Your window blinds, mirrors, lampshades, windowsills, fine china, art and even your family dog or cat can be vacuumed using the dusting brush attachment. Ceiling fan blades no longer require their own separate attachment. And on a lower suction setting, you can even vacuum your house plants.

 

Upholstery Tool

Dyson DC07 DC14 Upholstery Tool

The upholstery tool usually has red velour strips to pick up dust and debris. It’s small size allows it to easily detail furniture and mattresses. You can also gently clean clothing and outerwear including wool, and fur coats.

 

 

 

Floor Nozzle

crucial swirl vacuum with logo

The rug and floor nozzle attachment has no beater brush. Since it does not have a beater brush, it solely relies on suction. It is smooth underneath making it best for delicate carpets, low piled carpets and hard surfaces.

 

 

 

Floor Brush

Miele floor Tool

The floor brush attachment tool is best for wood floors. The bristles under the brush are shaped in rectangular openings, like Jack O’ Lantern’s teeth, to prevent scratches. You can also use them on brick, stone and tile floors.

 

 

Sep 1 2014

Meet Our Team Monday: Chad, CEO

Meet Our Team Monday - Chad

Meet Chad:

Chad started Crucial Vacuum in 2008 on his couch. When most people were telling him how impossible his dreams were, Chad was determined to grow Crucial Vacuum to what it is today. Chad has become a serial entrepreneur allowing all of us to join in his journey to further and improve ourselves.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

​So many to choose from. Here’s what been on my mind lately. “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” -Wayne Gretzky

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Tony Hsieh / Tim Ferris.

What is one item that you could not live without?

Exceptionally good coffee.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

There’s a lot more I’d like to learn but the Harmonium instrument has interested me lately. I own one, but have not yet been able to deeply dive in head first.

If you knew the world was ending in 2015, what would you do differently?
I’d drop everything and travel the world.
What is your favorite clean hack?
By changing your vacuum belt, you make your vacuum cleaner like brand new. Have you ever noticed how ineffective, and useless your vacuum cleaner is after sometimes only a month of use? The motor turns the belt, and the belt turns the vacuum’s roller. Over time, that belt (it’s like a rubber band) stretches and looses its tension. This affects your vacuum’s ability to pick up dirt and dust on your carpeting and floors. So if you notice your vacuum just doesn’t suck the way it should; Take your vacuum apart, notice any broken or missing parts. If it’s all clear, check your belt!
Aug 29 2014

5 Clean Hack Tips: Back to College Edition

5 Cleaning Tips for College Students

If you haven’t already checked into college, it’s crunch time to figure out how to survive without your parents. Habits formed in college foreshadow habits for your future, at least that’s true for all of us here at Crucial Vacuum. Although cleaning is the last item on your mind when going off to college, it is a necessary chore that is now solely reliant on you. Our Crucial team has compiled clean hacking tips and tricks from our experiences in college to help you easily transition into a independent college student.

Mr Clean Magic Eraser

1. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser are the best way to get those unknown stains off your surfaces. We’ve all used them in college when those mysterious stains accumulated because we decided to ignore them. The Magic Erasers replace both a sponge and cleaning agent and they are easy to find at local convenience stores however they can get pricy. Our recommendation to make the Magic Erasers last longer is to cut them to size depending on what you need to clean.

Clorox Wipes
2. Dorm rooms aren’t known to be spacious. The last item you want taking up space is probably cleaning products. Clorox wipes are great because they are disinfectants, plus you can use them on several surfaces. We at Crucial Vacuum are in unison that these were and still are to date the only product we use daily to clean. They can clean and disinfect your microwave and clean dirt off of your sneakers.

3. The one product readily available at college can make the best cleaning agent just by mixing it with water. What product are we talking about? Vodka. By mixing 1 parts vodka with 2 parts of water makes a all purpose cleaner. It works great on glass surfaces and mirrors and the smell disappears as it dries, although in college you could just blame it on your roommate.

shout_wipes4. If you are messy or avoid doing your laundry, Shout wipes will be your best friend. Before you throw your dirty clothes into the basket, scrub the Shout Wipe against it to get rid of the stain. Then by the time you get around to doing your laundry, your clothes will be free from stains. You can also carry some around in your backpack to prepare for any accidents.

Swiffer Wet Jet

 

5. The last clean hack is with the product that should be in every home with bare floors even if it’s just the kitchen, a Swiffer Wet Jet. Although it is priced higher than the regular Swiffer, if you constantly find your socks dirty from your floors, invest in the Wet Jet version. It is so easy to clean with and it does a great job.

Of course we would recommend a vacuum however they’re just too bulky to have in a college dorm or apartment. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at support@crucialvacuum.com. We would love to hear about your experiences!

Aug 25 2014

Meet Our Team Monday: Kristin, Operations & Design

kristin

Meet Kristin:

Kristin wears the most hats at Crucial Vacuum, taking on designs and operations. All the designs and images that you see for Crucial Vacuum whether it be on our website, Facebook, or Twitter has been designed by Kristin. She makes us look good!

What TV show are you currently watching?

​One Tree Hill – I know it’s old but it’s pretty addicting.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Daria Morgendorffer from Daria.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I would probably pick being able to fly, because who doesn’t want to fly?

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Fly to Costa Rica and visit the Sloth Sanctuary.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Vacuuming – Ironic right?
What do you like most about working at Crucial Vacuum?
The atmosphere here is really exciting! It’s a small company with very dynamic people working here.
Aug 18 2014

Meet Our Team Monday: Amyr, Purchasing & Business Development Expert

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Meet Amyr:

Starting out as our customer care manager, Amyr has taken on the responsibilities of an entire purchasing and inventory control department. We can say for sure that he is the one you want around when your vacuum breaks down.

What is your favorite thing to do on your free time?

​I enjoy making vision boards, going to the beach, laying on the grass watching the clouds and watching history documentaries.

What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?

Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

My choice would have to be ​​Iyanla Vanzant. I feel she inspires me to do my own soul searching versus leaving my teachings in the hands of others.

What is a vacuum maintenance tip that you are guilty of forgetting to do?

Cleaning the hair and strings from the brush roller.

What cleaning task do you absolutely hate doing?
Cleaning walls.
What do you like most about working at Crucial Vacuum?
The fun, vibrant, energetic work environment ​and family like team of co-workers that surround me. How our boss sees the potentials in us to entrust us with taking on new tasks and avenues we’ve never ventured into. Stepping outside of normal and outdated websites for vacuum parts and providing the customers with an enjoyable ​​way of purchasing cleaning items.