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Oct 14 2014

5 Easy Steps to Prevent House Fires

Crucial Vacuum - Prevent Home Fires

Will you and your loved ones be able to safely exit your home in just 2 minutes?

This is the amount of time you may have to exit your home after a fire starts. Will you know what to do? Do you exit your home running or crawling? Will your first reaction be to throw some water at the fire? Do you even have a fire extinguisher on hand?

Few of us worry about these questions, and barely remember what we were taught on elementary school about stop, drop and roll. With the winter months knocking on our doors, and most household fires happening during these winter months, we have grouped a simple guideline to follow and easily prevent house fires.

The top causes of household fires are generally known by the common residents, like unattended candles, cooking accidents, electrical malfunctions, and smoking materials (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) that are not disposed properly. All of these causes are just triggers that can easily be prevented as they are all the outcome of general human error. Other major causes can be easily prevented.
Household appliances, as they are used every day, they need constant maintenance and following this maintenance schedule will potentially decrease any chances of the appliance malfunctioning and causing an indoor fire. Shockingly in 2010, clothes dryers and washing machines caused fires that resulted in 51 deaths, 380 injuries and $236 million in property damages.
Now, you may wonder, what can I do to prevent this type of fires? Easy!

Crucial Vacuum - Remove Dryer Lint

1. Cleaning your dryer’s lint screen before every load.

2. Check your unit’s vent hose periodically. If your unit has the white plastic vent hose, replace it immediately for the aluminum type vent hose, as they have been outlawed for security risks. Make sure the length of the hose is as short as possible and it is not crushed.

3. Use your vacuum and a fridge crevice tool to clean your dryer’s vent line and do so regularly.

4. Check the area around the dryer’s vent cap outside and the area surrounding the dryer for any clutter or garbage and clear it.

5. Vacuum your unit’s interior yearly to remove any lint build up that escaped the lint filter
Follow these five easy steps to significantly decrease the chances of property loss, damage and endangering your loved ones in a household fire.

Sep 30 2014

Easy DIY Baby Proofing on a Budget

Crucial Vacuum Baby Proofing

Whether you just had your first baby or just welcomed a new addition to your family, baby proofing your house is a crucial step in ensuring your baby’s safety. Looking around at your home, it may seem like there are so many areas to cover however it may be easier and more affordable than you think!

When my daughter started crawling, I saw all kind of dangers and hazardous places, that I was one step away from wrapping her in bubble wrap! I pride myself of being a very creative and shopping savvy mom so I researched ways I could use things from around the house to baby proof my home.

Plastic Fastener

In the kitchen, I wanted to make sure the oven, dishwasher, cabinets and drawers were locked. But I wanted to encourage my daughter to play and be curious to not be afraid of the kitchen in a future. I secured the cabinets and drawers with an old clip band from an old seat that I had laying around but I left the Tupperware cabinet unlocked and a drawer with plastic spoons and spatulas for her to play with while I was cooking.

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My very active and playful daughter loves to play peek-a-boo with the doors. As fun as that sounds, it terrifies me that one day she will pinch one of her little fingers. Pool noodles are extremely easy to find, I buy mine from the local dollar store, and the most under utilized thing for baby proofing. I cut up pool noodles in half and slide them onto doors, and table corners. I even use them to organize my electrical cords.

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As the baby grows, you will continue finding new dangers and things to get out of their reach, but these easy and affordable DIY baby proofing tips will be helpful for years to come. Two Do-It-Yourself projects that I found interesting was a DIY baby stair gate with a few yards of fabric, a sewing machine, and PVC pipes and a fun chalkboard and magnetic board fireplace.

 

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
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

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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

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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.

 

 

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!