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Jan 7 2012

Beware of Bedbugs!

If you pay any attention to the news whatsoever you’ve probably heard something about the disgustingly scary phenomenon of bedbugs. You would think these creatures are a new breed of bug the way the news has been going on about them in recent years. While I am sure they have always been around, I still get freaked out every time I see an undercover story on bedbugs in hotels.

If you’re like me, you want to do as much as you can to protect yourself and your family from bedbugs. Did you know there are proven sprays and powder formulas that can kill bedbugs and get rid of them once and for all? Well there are, and Crucial Vacuum has them!

While I know there isn’t much I can do about the presence of bedbugs in hotels, you better believe I can try. While my husband likes to pull up the sheets and inspect every mattress in every hotel we stay in, I just prefer to kill bedbugs and get it over with. The least I can do is keep my luggage protected so that I’m not bringing them home in my suitcase. Doesn’t the thought just make you cringe?

But even more importantly there is no way I am letting those nasty things live in my house. The last thing I need is bedbugs living in my mattress feasting on me and my precious baby when we sleep. I don’t want to have to worry about whether or not there are bedbugs in my baby’s closet or mine.

Hotels aren’t the only place bedbugs can be picked up. Did you know that they often live in clothes and products in stores? This past shopping season I heard a major retailer had a bedbug outbreak and was recommending putting any items purchased from them into the dryer for an hour. Gross! That wasn’t enough for me. I wasn’t taking any chances with my baby’s new clothes so I used my bedbug killer on them first, and then washed them. Take that, bedbugs!

If you travel often, or shop, I seriously recommend having some bedbug killer on hand, unless of course, you don’t mind sharing your bed. But I can assure you there are none of the bloodsucking bed hogs in my house, that’s for sure!

Jan 3 2012

Are You Steam Cleaning Yet?

Recently, my husband decided that we needed a steam cleaner. I resisted at first. Why did we need to spend all that money on something when a mop and a rag did just fine? But all the hype and infomercials must have gotten to him and he persisted. Eventually I caved, but I was convinced that I would be selling an unused steam cleaner at my next garage sale.

It isn’t often that I admit when I am wrong, but I have to give it to my husband on this one. I love that steam cleaner. As a mother to a baby and a long sufferer of allergies, I don’t know how I ever lived without my steam cleaner.

I know that steam cleaning has become the “hot” new thing to do lately. But if you are like me and are just catching on, or if you haven’t bought into the hype yet, let me break it down for you. Steam cleaners simply use water to produce super hot steam vapor, which works to remove dirt and stains from multiple surfaces throughout your house. The hot vapor is able to penetrate the porous surface of your floors and other surfaces to weaken the bond between the dirt and your surfaces.  The vapor is hot enough to destroy germs, dust, bacteria, mold, viruses and all the other gross things that you don’t want living in your home.

I specifically remember talking my husbands ear off about how we would never use our steam cleaner once the newness wore off. We brought it home and tried it out and were pretty impressed by what it could do. It left our kitchen floors squeaky clean. But I was convinced that it would never be used again.

And again, I was wrong. I am constantly finding new uses for my steam cleaner. Just the other day, I used it to clean the walls of my shower. I couldn’t believe how easily the soap scum and water spots came off with steam. I could have scrubbed until my arms fell off and never got my shower that clean.

I use my steam cleaner for everything from the typical jobs like floors and counters to steaming our baby’s new car seat before we put him inside. When we got new carpet, we steamed it before we let the baby crawl on it. When we bought a new mattress, we steamed it in case of bedbugs. I can’t believe how many times my trusty steam cleaner has been put to good use.

I don’t even bother buying harsh chemicals to use on my floors and counters anymore. Before being a mom I didn’t mind using chemicals to clean but now it makes me feel good to know that it’s safe when my little guy gets the urge to lick the kitchen floor.

Not to mention, the benefits that the steam cleaner has had on our allergies are remarkable. Dirt, dust, and all the other nasty things that clog up our sinuses stick to the rag on the steam cleaner like glue. It is very satisfying to know those particles aren’t floating around my house.

So I will say it one more time… I was wrong. Steam cleaning is where it’s at. Haven’t joined the rest of us in the wonderful world of steam cleaning yet? Lucky for you, Crucial Vacuum offers one of the best steam cleaners on the market along with an extensive line of steam cleaning products. Trust me, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Oct 25 2011

There’s No Place Like Home: Consider Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality This Winter

Let’s face it, summer is long gone, fall is whizzing by, and winter is just around the corner. Winter means colder temperatures, shorter days, family time, and holidays. It’s not all bad!

The delicious aromas of holiday dinners fill the air as families gather to spend time together indoors. But that’s not all that’s in the air. If you haven’t changed your vacuum’s filter lately, there may be hundreds of harmful allergens and pollutants floating around in your house.

Did you know that the air in your own home could be affecting your overall health? Your home is supposed to be your safe place. But if you and your loved ones aren’t breathing clean air, your safe place can make you sick.

Maintaining good clean air indoors is crucial, especially during the winter when windows are closed and almost all of your time is spent indoors. Even if you vacuum regularly, you could still be surrounded by dust and other allergens in your home.

Vacuum filters are made to trap dust, mold, pollen, and other indoor air pollutants. If you or your loved ones have allergies or asthma, those pollutants can make those conditions even worse.

If the filter on your vacuum is old, than vacuuming does nothing more than throw the dirt and dust back into the air that you breathe. That light dust that you see on your blinds when you open your windows? It’s just dust that has escaped your vacuum. You can try vacuuming again but until you replace your filter you will just keep recycling that dust. It’s a never-ending cycle!

But Crucial Vacuum has good news! All you have to do is replace your vacuum’s filter. The filter does it’s job (traps dust and allergens) and you can get back to staying warm and enjoying your time at home while breathing clean safe air. Honestly, it’s that easy .

Need another reason to replace your filter? Consider this: As your vacuum’s filter becomes dirty, it becomes harder for the vacuum to pull air through which causes the unit to wear out faster. Replacing your filter is an inexpensive and easy way to ensure clean air and keep your vacuum running right.

Compare the price of a replacement filter to the cost of having your vacuum serviced or replaced due to wear and tear and you will see that replacing your filter is the way to go. Whether your vacuum is a Dyson, Hoover, Eureka, Dirt Devil, Bissell, or other top brands, we have the filters you need. Your vacuum and your lungs will thank you for it!

Mar 8 2011

Indoor Air Quality and Your Vacuum Cleaner

We humans spend a lot more time indoors than outdoors. Purchasing a vacuum filter and vacuum cleaner is important part of improving indoor air quality.

We humans spend a lot more time indoors than outdoors. Purchasing a vacuum filter and vacuum cleaner is important part of improving indoor air quality.

We spend more time indoors than outdoors. Having high quality Indoor Air Quality  (IAQ) Is Crucial!  Did you know: if you don’t breathe you die? Of course you did! But here is a slightly more disturbing fact from the Environmental Protection Agency: poor indoor air quality can contribute chronic respiratory conditions like as asthma, allergies, and in extreme cases severe lung disease.

Indoor air quality is not typically the forerunner of the “getting healthy” discussion, but improving it can have a significant impact on everyday life. Harmful gases, microbial growths, and tracked dirt all contribute to congestion and poor air quality – but you have a defense; it’s probably an upright, and sitting in your cleaning closet right now….Your vacuum cleaner!

Indoor air quality is hindered by an infiltration of particles, pollutants and dust. But with a once-a-week cleaning regimen including an efficient vacuum and vacuum cleaner filter, you can eliminate pounds of contaminants from your home every time you clean.

The efficiency of your vacuum, and in turn, your IAQ is dependent on your filter’s capabilities. A clean, new vacuum filter traps particulates within the machine. But a faulty inefficient filter actually kicks all the material back into the air. As you can imagine, indoor air quality and vacuum filter efficiencies are directly related.

Indoor Air Quality is not just a luxury – it’s crucial. Use your vacuum once each week, and keep that filter in working condition. You know, if you like breathing and everything.

Keep your indoor air quality pristine with a Crucial Vacuum Filter found here.

Apr 2 2010

Crucial-Closure: Hoover Y HEPA Vacuum Bags

Ladies and Gentelmen I am pleased to present to you our newest product and first time manufacturing of the Crucial-Closure HEPA vacuum bags! You might be asking yourself “self, what exactly is a Crucial-Closure HEPA vacuum bag??!” Let me explain: These vacuum bags have a one of a kind closure that seals around the bag opening to keep the lighter dust particles from escaping the bag when removing it from your vacuum.

The HEPA bags fit your Hoover vacuum and are style Y. These bags are absolutely essential for all allergy sufferers. If you check out your older vacuum bags you will begin to notice that the lighter dust typically escapes the vacuum bags and recycles back into your air, forcing your allergies to start-up as well as making you work harder to clean.

Crucial-Closure HEPA vacuum bags provides 99.7% filtration through the bag alone and will trap microscopic particles and allergens. The Filtration Efficiency of these bags being almost 100% compared to as low as only 20% in standard bags, will allow you to notice a great amount of reduction in dust and pollen inside your home.

We at Crucial Vacuum designed Crucial-Closure with a cloth material, not paper, because as we all know, paper is more porous -allowing the dust to escape. This cloth bag allows for better efficiency and traps more dust. These bags simply keep the dust and dirt trapped inside the bag when it is changed – end of story!

If you have asthma, suffer from allergies or would simply like a cleaner home, then please buy Crucial-Closure. We want YOU to be happy and healthy – join us in this revolution. Crucial-Closure comes in two different flavors: packs of 3 or packs of 9. Click HERE to see what other goodies we are offering.