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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.

 

 

Jul 29 2014

Find the Best Vacuum Cleaner For Your Needs!

Best Vacuum For Your Needs

Finding the best vacuum cleaner is difficult in our overly advertised world.

One company is showing a sleek new look while the other is stating how lightweight their vacuum is. Of course every vacuum cleaner company states that they have the best suction using their “technology” however the real proof is in the actual breakdown of how it functions. Every company can say their vacuum is the best compared to the rest, but before you spend your hard earned money, is the vacuum you are looking into ideal for your home?

Baby with a Vacuum

Many factors should impact your decision when choosing the perfect vacuum.

The first is the type of floors you have. The second includes any additional environmental factors, such as pets, or noise. The final factor is the price range you are comfortable spending. You may be surprise, or maybe not, that although we don’t sell vacuum cleaner units, we get this question often. We’ve compiled an unbiased list of vacuum cleaners. The struggle of choosing a vacuum cleaner is a thing of the past!

Best Vacuum Cleaner Overall:

Top Pick: The Dyson DC65 is sleek in design and lives up to the hype that follows the Dyson name. The Dyson DC65 self-adjusts from carpet to hardwood using an active base-plate. It automatically raises and lowers to maintain constant suction with the floor. Then the redesigned brushroll with shorter and stiffer bristles allow for a deeper carpet clean. At the retail price of $599.99, it’s a purchase not to be taken lightly, however the DC65 has earned the reputation to be the best overall vacuum cleaner.
Best Value: The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright NV370 at $199.99 is a great value for it’s price. The Shark Navigator uses it’s guaranteed “Never Loses Suction” technology fueled by a high speed dust cup design and HEPA filter. By spinning air at a high speed in the extra large dust cup, it keeps the debris away from the filter, thus maintaining constant suction. In addition with the dust away hard floor attachment, the Shark NV370 is a great, cost efficient overall vacuum cleaner.

Best Vacuum For Hardwood Floors:

Top Pick: The Miele S2121 is ideal for hardwood floors with its six-stage suction power and its bare floor attachment. Although it is a canister vacuum, the S2121 comes with a telescopic stainless steel wand for a 29.5 feet radius clean. Miele’s reputation for manufacturing superior vacuum cleaners continues with this lower priced, light weight option.
Best Value: Hoover Linx BH50010 at $159 is a affordable and lightweight option for hardwood floors. With Hoover’s signature Windtunnel technology and cordless mobility, the Hoover Linx is a great solution to pet hair and those tough stairs. Plus to add even more value, the Linx is bagless with an easy to remove dust cup canister.

Best Vacuum For Carpets:

Top Pick: The Dyson DC41 is not only comes with Dyson’s patented and coveted technology but comes in several colors to fit your personality and decor. This vacuum isn’t one that you’ll want to stick in the closet. The DC41 captures allergens down to 0.5 microns in size with it’s cyclone technology. Then the bagless dirt bin is easily emptied with a push of the button to ensure debris ends up in the trash and not on your hands.
Best Value: The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright NV356E has been stirring quite a storm in the vacuum industry for it’s value. It’s never lose suction technology has proven to be justified. This Navigator provides a powerful suction to pick up dust, and debris, especially pet hair. And at $179.99 it’s worth it!

Best Quiet Vacuum:

Top Pick: The Miele S8390 proves that a louder vacuum does not mean more power. With it’s six stage suction technology to provide the correct level of power and it’s fix level heigh adjustment, the Miele S8 provides the most quiet and effective clean.
Best Value: The Shark Rotator Lift-Away Professional Upright NV502 is advertised as lightweight and ultra-quiet and it proves accurate. With it’s never lose suction technology, it sucks up dirt and pet hair so easily you’ll have to empty the dust cup twice.

Best Vacuum For Pets:

Top Pick: The Dyson DC65 features powerful suction with a self-adjusting cleaner head to ensure no gap between the cleaner head and it’s surface. Pet hair and debris is picked up using Dyson’s cyclone technology and redesigned shorter and stiffer brush bar.
Best Value: The Hoover T-Series Windtunnel Pet Rewind Bagless Upright Vacuum, UH70210 is an affordable vacuum at $129.00. Featuring a 5 position carpet adjustment, it can easily adjust to match your floor level. It picks up dust and pet hair with ease and included is a upholstery tool to pull stubborn pet hair from your furniture.

Nov 29 2011

Have You Washed Your Vacuum’s Filter Lately?

We can’t stress enough how important it is to keep a clean filter in your vacuum. It’s simple math, a clean filter = a happy vacuum and a healthy home. If your vacuum came with a filter, you need to take care of it and it will take care of you. Just like the air filter in your car keeps your engine running smooth, a clean filter on your vacuum makes it easier for your vacuum to do its job.

Crucial Vacuum makes it easy to find the filter you need at the lowest prices on the Internet, plus we offer free shipping.

But it gets even better! We are just full of ways to save you money at Crucial Vacuum. Bet you didn’t know that many of our filters are washable and reusable! That’s right, you can purchase one of our replacement filters and use it over and over again. That is something that can’t be said most vacuum’s original filters. That’s just another reason why we are so awesome!
Ideally, your filter should be washed every 3-4 uses. Loss of suction is a good sign that it is time to wash your filter. But remember, you can only wash washable filters!

So how do you wash your filter? We are glad you asked! It’s really quite simple. All you will need is your vacuum’s manual, your Crucial Vacuum Washable Filter, a garbage can, and water.
- First things first: refer to your manual to see how to detach your vacuum’s filter and then remove it.
- Next you will want to try to remove most of the excess dust from the filter. Tapping the filter on a garbage can will do. It is best to do this outside so you aren’t creating a mess to clean up indoors.
- Now you need to carefully rinse the filter. Hold the filter under running water to rinse the outside surface. It’s not necessary to scrub the filter between the pleats or to use brushes or other materials. In fact, using more than running water could damage the filter.
- Allow your filter to air dry around 24-48 hours before replacing it in your vacuum. With proper cleaning and care our filters can last up to 6 months.

Voila! That’s it. How simple is that? Think of all the money you will save on filters, and even better, think of how clean your house will be now. You’re welcome!