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Sep 19 2014

Simple Checklist for a Fall Ready Home

Crucial Vacuum Autumn Checklist

Click here for a free Fall Cleaning Checklist!

Pumpkin flavored everything, nice cool days, leaves changing colors, delicious stews and soups, and Halloween! How can you not get excited for fall? But before you bring out your sweaters and start ordering that delicious pumpkin spiced latte, you need to get your house fall-ready and here is how.

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With all the apple picking, pumpkin carving, and corn maze fun to be done, I don’t like to miss even one day of my fall weekends. So I try to get my fall cleaning overall done before fall starts especially during the weekdays. Now, as I am a full-time working mom of a 19 month old baby girl, this may seem like an impossible task but if you divide your house in five easy sections, it can get done in five days.

Starting with the kitchen, to get it ready for all those delicious fall and holiday cookouts, I started by putting my oven in a 3 hours self-cleaning cycle, having this feature is definitely a blessing. In the meantime, I grabbed my disinfectant wipes and wiped every corner of my kitchen and used those lemony wood cleaning sprays to clean and polish the cabinets. Once I’m done, I emptied my fridge and wiped it clean with a damp cloth and then I when to my pantry and brought out all the fall season spices for all those delicious recipes to come. Finally, I vacuumed and swept my kitchen’s floors to catch any crumbs or dirt that I cleaned off from the counter tops.

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Cleaning the living, dining and family rooms can be a tough task, especially if you have messy little ones like I do. I normally go overboard with the fall theme all throughout the house and love replacing the sofa covers and cushions with a variety of orange and golden tones, but before I did, I vacuumed and steamed all of our upholstery andfreshen them with a fresh scented spray (you can even use a pumpkin and nutmeg scent if you really want it to smell like fall!). Cleaning the bedrooms is pretty standard, but I love how the mattress feels like new every time I flip and rotate it. Talking about a total cost cutting trick! Make sure to get your linens ready for the colder weather and take out the blankets and flannel sheets.

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The bathroom is my biggest nemesis! I rather wash a million dirty dishes than getting my hands into scrubbing a nasty toilet. But since it has to be done, I quickly do them all on the same day to get it over with.Last, the outside, which my handy hubby usually takes care of, but is still easy to do myself. To clean your windows and screens you can even recruit your little ones for one last chance for outdoor play time with the hose, just put on the bathing suits, bring out the bubbles and make it a fun task. Once my little one is old enough, believe me when I say she will get to play with the water and wash the windows with me. Remember to store all summer toys and gardening items, clean and cover your patio furniture and your BBQ or grill. Last, and most important, inspect your furnace, chimney and gutters, have them cleaned and replace all needed filters.

So, get to it and get your home fall ready with our printable Simple Fall Cleaning Checklist! Fall your house up, put away those shorts and flip flops and enjoy the most beautiful seasons of them all!

Fall Cleaning Checklist - Crucial Vacuum
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!

Jul 29 2014

Top Vacuum Troubleshooting Maintenance Tips

Crucial Vacuum: Vacuum Tips

To keep your vacuum running smoothly and elongate it’s lifespan, all vacuum cleaners need maintenance and service. However there are a lot of servicing that can be done yourself as long as you know what parts you need and what is wrong with the machine. We asked our customer care team to find out questions customers call about that can be quickly fixed.

Loss of Suction:

Vacuum cleaners use their suction to clean your floors. If you see residue still left after you vacuum, your vacuum probably is loosing suction somewhere.

  • Clean or Replace Your Filter: The air starts at your motor and goes through your filter to suction up dust and debris. However if your vacuum’s filter is too dirty, no matter how powerful the motor is, your vacuum will not be able to pick up anything. If your filter is washable, it should be cleaned every 2-4 weeks. Be sure to look through your manual to see how many filters your vacuum requires. Most vacuums have two or more filters to ensure maximum suction.
  • Check Your Brushroll: Also called a roller brush, or agitator. The brushroll helps your vacuum pick up the bigger residue such as hair. However if this is clogged or over piled, the debris won’t be able to get past the brushroll. The brushroll also helps maintain constant contact between the floor and vacuum cleaner head to create maximum suction. Check to see if your brushroll adjustor is working as well.
  • Check Your Hose: For upright vacuums, it’s called a floor nozzle hose. Check the hose that connects your vacuum cleaner head or attachment to the body or canister. If there is a tear, or something clogging the hose, either replace or unclog the hose. The easiest way to check for a clog, especially with a long hose is the toss a penny down one side. If the penny exits the other side, it is not clogged however if the penny is stuck inside, please out the clog.

Brushroll Won’t Spin/Clean:

If your brushroll/roller brush/agitator won’t spin, most likely your seeing that larger residue left after your vacuum. You can also check but turning your vacuum upside down and running the vacuum.

  • Clean or Change Your Brushroll: Your brushroll is only meant to last one year. Over time, the bristles and the end caps will wear. Eventually the brushroll won’t provide an effective clean. However if your brushroll is new, your brushroll probably needs a good cleaning. Hair tends to get into the end caps causing the brushroll to clog and run slow or not at all. Don’t try to force your brushroll to run as you’ll damage your motor. Read your manual to remove your brushroll and remove any obstructions.
  • Your Belt is Worn/Broken: Your brushroll is connected  to the motor by a belt. Using tension and the motor, the belt turns your brushroll to provide an effective clean. However over time, your belt will stretch and lose the tension needed or break. Belts should be changed every 6-12 months depending on use.
  • Motor is Broken: Your brushroll spins thanks to your belt and the motor. Unfortunately it is possible to break your motor. Contact your manufacturer to see if the motor is covered under a warranty and to find the part number.

Vacuum Won’t Move:

Your vacuum should move forward easily almost as if it is driving itself. However if your vacuum doesn’t, there may be a couple of things wrong.

  • Brushroll is Dirty/Needs Replacing: If your brushroll is dirty, it isn’t able to function properly by turning. As your brushroll mainly guides your vacuum to move, check your brushroll to see if it is able to turn properly. Brushrolls should be changed every year as the bristles wear. If your bristles are overworn, they will loose their structure and ability to guide your vacuum.
  • Too Much Suction: Too much suction isn’t a good thing. If you vacuum isn’t able to move forward, your vacuum may be on the wrong setting for your floors. Check your manual to find the correct setting.
  • Wheel Are Stuck: Hair and other stringy residue can be a vacuum’s worst enemy. Check your tires to find the obstruction that is preventing it from moving.

I Smell Burning:

This most likely has to do with your brushroll. If your brushroll isn’t able to move round, the motor is overworking causing that burning smell. Immediately stop running your vacuum and check your brushroll by using the steps provided previously.

 

Have additional maintenance questions? The Crucial Vacuum Team is happy to help! Call us at 877.750.9239 or e-mail us!

Aug 15 2013

Back to School: Tips To Keep Your Dorm Room Clean

Keep Your Dorm Room Clean

As the calendar has turned to the month of August, we already see signs of the fall season fast approaching. With this change of season, one of many things to come to mind here at Crucial Vacuum is Back To School – And Crucial Vacuum prides itself on helping families across the United States keep their living space clean and their air fresh.

Crucial Vacuum knows that most college students have greater things on their mind than clean floors, but we are going to drop some knowledge with five tips to current and incoming college students so they can feel clean and healthy throughout their college career.

Tip #1: Make Your Bed

Making your bed daily not only makes you feel cleaner, but it also is aesthetically pleasing and can make a big impact on how big your cramped dorm room looks and how big it feels.

Tip #2: Clean Your Sheets

Properly washing and drying your sheets keeps you healthy and leaves your bed fresh and allergy free.

Tip #3: Keep Your Closets in Order

Fold your laundry, hang up your clothes, and keep your shoes neatly in various assortments of organizers. This will prevent you from losing articles of clothing and doing excessive washes, wasting water, and using harmful chemicals for the environment more than you should! Be Green in College!

Tip #4: Clean Your Microwaves & Coffee Filters

We get it! You are in college dorm room and will probably eat a lot of ramen noodles and drink excessive amounts of coffee. But with that, you need to keep those appliances clean. A great way to do this is by using vinegar to clean out those dirty pieces of equipment.

Additionally, if you need any new coffee filters, we offer a great selection of reusable coffee filters available at great low prices that are environmentally friendly.

Tip #5: Clean Your Floors

Chances are your college dorm room floors are going to be covered in all sorts of unmentionables. Furthermore, we know that you are looking for a cheap vacuum that can just get the job done. Have hardwood floors in your dorm room? I doubt it…But if you do have wood floors, tiled floors, or laminate floors, we suggest the Sanitaire by Electrolux. Luckily we sell these filters, bags, and hoses (Alternative Beer Funnels) at great discount prices.

If you have carpet, Crucial Vacuum would suggest a Vacuum Cleaner! We suggest a lightweight, cheap vacuum such as the Eureka Optima or Crucial Vacuum’s own Crucial Swirl! Parts for the Eureka Optima are relatively inexpensive and the vacuum is small and light enough to be stored easily. Additionally, inexpensive vacuums such as the Crucial Swirl or the Bissell CleanView are a great choice and allow you to pocket that extra book money where it belongs, Beer Money!

Vacuums Suck! But cleaning doesn’t have to! It might not be the most exciting task, but have fun with it!

Having trouble with your current vacuum? You may need to replace your filters, belts, or a variety of other vacuum parts.

Extra Tip: Clean Your Bathroom

This one is especially for upperclassmen because they usually have private bathrooms! Routinely clean your restroom floors, sinks, shower heads, and tubs to ensure that you stay clean throughout your time at school.

So, College Students: There you go! Crucial Vacuums Dorm Room Cleaning Tips will keep you healthy and happy while you pursue your future goals! Happy Learning!