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Sep 19 2014

Simple Checklist for a Fall Ready Home

Fall Cleaning Checklist

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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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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!

 

Dec 7 2011

To Vacuum First, or to Dust First ? That is the Question!

duster vs vacuum, which comes first

Cleaning… It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. After cleaning our homes over and over we develop a routine that we could complete in our sleep. It probably goes a little something like this: pick up, dust, vacuum… or is it vacuum and then dust?It’s an age-old debate, to dust first, or to vacuum first. There is no middle of the road here folks, you’re either on one side or the other. It’s a debate that divides households, pits mother against daughter, tears apart friendships…

Ok so it’s not that big of a deal, but seriously who is right?

Research on the topic uncovers a number of housekeeping professionals and experts who say they know the answer. The problem is, even the experts are divided right down the middle. Even more confusing, they give such good reasons to back up their opinion that we are left with our heads spinning.

So let’s look at the arguments shall we? First we have “Team Vacuum.” These housekeepers strongly believe that they are doing the right thing by vacuuming first. The biggest and most valid argument made by this side is that vacuums throw dust into the air, therefore that dust will need to be dusted off of furniture after you vacuum. Good point, but then where does that dust go when you clean it off your furniture?

That is why “Team Dust” says you should clean the dust off of the furniture first. Then once the dust settles into the carpet, you should vacuum it up. Makes sense, but what about the inevitable dust that your vacuum is going to toss around?

Confused? Join the crowd. The bottom line is this; there is no right or wrong answer. (Although we found plenty of experts who claim their answer is the right one).

A completely unscientific poll conducted on Facebook perfectly proved the point of this blog. Exactly 50% of those who answered firmly believed that vacuuming should come first while the other 50% said dusting should absolutely be done first. Thank goodness for easy math!

But while we can’t solve the debate, Crucial Vacuum can offer one piece of crucial advice to both sides.

Minimize the amount of dust put out by your vacuum.

The dust that is tossed into the air when you vacuum is problem no matter which chore you complete first. Less dust put out by your vacuum equals less dust to settle on your furniture, or on your carpet (because it depends where you are leaving that dust, are you still with us?)

So how do you make sure your vacuum is putting out the least amount of dust possible?

That Crucial Vacuum can help you with! Ensuring that your vacuums filter is clean and that your vacuums bag is not full is the best way to be sure that your vacuum is picking up and trapping as much dirt and dust as possible.

If your vacuum has an old or dirty filter you aren’t getting the most out of your vacuum. If your bag is full, you can vacuum your little heart out, but there is no way you are getting the best suction possible out of your vacuum.

Keep replacement bags and filters on hand so your vacuum doesn’t end up making cleaning a bigger chore than it already is. This way, whether you are vacuuming first, last, or somewhere in between, at least you can be vacuuming effectively.

So, which team are you on?