Archives: Clean Hacking

Jul 27 2016

3 Simple Steps in Maintaining your Air Conditioner

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We’re nearing the end of July and entering into the end of the dog days of summer. With temperatures across the country reaching record highs, it’s likely that your central air conditioning has been running almost nonstop. That means that your machine is due for some maintenance. A bout of mid-season air conditioning maintenance will help keep your unit in peak condition for the long hot days still to come. There are three primary steps in your mid-season air conditioning maintenance.  These steps are a general inspection, taking care of your filters, and dealing with your condenser and coils.  You might be wondering exactly what you should do at each step.  Don’t worry, we here at Crucial are here to walk you through that process. Before you begin any maintenance, it’s important that you shut off the power to the unit at the breaker box. Continue reading »

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 6 2016

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


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


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?


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 »