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Jul 29 2014

Top Vacuum Troubleshooting Maintenance Tips

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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!

Jun 17 2014

Eat Your Way to an Allergy Free Season!

As the spring season brings warm weather, it also brings with it sniffling, sneezing, and other annoying seasonal allergy symptoms.

Allergies are caused when histamines bind to receptors causing inflammation of the nasal passages, throat, and eyes. Allergy medicines treat and prevent symptoms using chemicals with anti-histamines and anti-inflammation properties. Anti-inflammatory properties inhibits different enzymes and prevent oxidants from further damaging and destroying tissue. Anti-histamines prevent allergies by blocking histamines from binding to receptors. You could have your doctor inject chemicals with the possibility of adverse effects and around this time, allergy medicines have disappeared from shelves.

What if you could diminish or even prevent your allergies by just eating natural foods?

If you are one of the 40 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies, consider adding certain foods to your diet.

ANTHOCYANINS

Anthocyanins are flavonoids with several health benefits including but not limited to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties especially in sinuses and nasal passages.
Foods include: acai, beet, bilberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, blueberry, blood orange, cherry, chokeberry, cranberry, eggplant, purple corn, purple grape, raspberry, redcurrant.

CARATENOIDS

Carotenoids are a soluble nutrient mainly known for converting to Vitamin A for the body. However they are a hydrocarbon with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune system boosting properties to better fight off allergies.
Foods include: carrot, apricot, sweet potato, pumpkin, cantaloupe, spinach, broccoli, kale, turnip, tomato.

QUERCETINS

Quercetin is a phytonutrient known for several health benefits with anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, and anti-histamine properties.  Studies show it’s expansive magnitude in health benefits.
Foods include: caper, chamomile tea, red apple, red grape, blueberry, red cherry, blackberry, onion, broccoli, elderberry, and licorice.

 

Eat your way to an allergy-free spring season while enjoying natural and delicious food! Remember to always consult with a physician before starting any health regime.

Aug 15 2013

Back to School: Tips To 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!

 

Jul 8 2013

Bagless vs. Bagged Vacuums – Which is Best?

In the great big world of vacuum cleaners, there is one thing of which you can be sure: There are so many vacuum brands from which to choose these days such as Shark, Hoover, Dyson, Bissell, Oreck, etc. It comes down to dollars and cents for all of us. For our purposes here, let’s narrow it down to the differences between machines that use vacuum cleaner bags, or bagged vacuums, and those that do not take a vacuum bag, also known as bagless vacuums. Naturally, some people prefer bagless vacuums, while others stick with vacuum bags. Which one should one prefer? Let’s get into the nitty gritty of it all.

What you need to know about Bagless Vacuums

 

Bagless Technology

With the introduction of bagless technology there has been much to get excited about. Along with eliminating the bag has come the technology that produces your very own private cyclone within the chamber. Many bagless vacuums on the market do not lose suction as the dirt chamber reaches its full capacity, which is also a positive. The force of this contained “dust-cup” causes the finer particles to be caught by a vacuum cleaner filter and the larger particles to fall into a collection container, which you simply remove and empty into the trash. The visibility makes it so easy to see when it’s time to empty the container.

You have a couple of options in taking care to ensure the dust is neither redeposited or gets all over you. You can place a plastic bag around both the container and your hand as you tip and tap it out into the bag. Carefully closing the bag will contain the discard nicely and is the best method of reducing exposure if you have allergies. Alternatively, you can go outdoors and empty the waste into a trash can being careful not to cause them to become airborne. Here’s the rub: If you are going to dispose the dirt and dust in a bag, why not just put it directly in a vacuum bag to begin with! This way you don’t have to touch it, see it or breathe it!

Filtration

Apart from the obvious, saving money on vacuum bags, bagless vacuums have filters that must be changed. Most consumers do not know this hidden fact. More often than not a vacuum cleaner that does not have a vacuum bag, could have three vacuum filters that need to be changed. It’s great to change your filter every 3 to 6 moths, especially for allergy sufferers, as it ensures the vacuum is operating at maximum efficiency and not recirculating the dust back into your home. With bagless machines, the vacuum cleaner filter may be pulled and cleared of dust similarly to the container. These vacuum filters are the only thing that you need to replace periodically in order to keep your vacuum operating at optimal efficiency. For your convenience and cost savings, CrucialVacuum.com offers vacuum cleaner filter options at over half-off the original price along with free shipping and free returns. Check out our washable, reusable filters for even greater convenience.

Bagged Vacuums
While bagged vacuum cleaners have yet to be declared horse and buggy, they have been around for better than a century. In fact, the original concept for vacuum cleaner bags was a pillow case. Obviously, that is not advisable with what we now know about maintaining good indoor air quality.


Types of Bagged Vacuums

There are various vacuum styles, again, appealing to your personal preference or even the type of job you need to perform. Vacuum cleaner bags are produced for uprights, canister and handheld machines. The bag is porous and acts as a filter in itself allowing air to pass through very tiny holes while trapping the dirt particles that get collected. As long as you have a machine with a sufficiently powerful fan to drive the air and a small intake opening for more powerful suction you have the means of picking up both small and larger particles. Rotating brushes are used to help kick up the dirt that is carried along the air stream and drawn into the vacuum cleaner bag. The air is then expelled through the exhaust port but not before it is filtered so nothing but clean air is returned to the room.

Outside of this operation, all that is left for you is to ensure you have a sufficient supply of the correct type of vacuum cleaner bags and change them as they get full. This way, your machine continues to operate efficiently and your house gets cleaned. Crucial Vacuum branded vacuum bags boast “Crucial-Closure” that covers the opening of the bag, making it as clean and easy to transport and dispose so you don’t inhale all that dirt!

Crucial Vacuum carries supplies for both ends of the spectrum. If you have a bagless vacuum, such as a Dyson, Shark or Bissell, we’ve got all your vacuum filter needs covered. Likewise, we  sell vacuum bags for all bagged vacuums, like Hoover, Eureka, Bissell and Dirt Devil and many more. Ultimately, the choice between a bagless and bagged vacuum really comes down to personal preference. A number of people prefer the ease of disposing dust with vacuum bags; others appreciate saving the money on bags for a few filters.

 

Apr 1 2012

Crucial Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning TipsThe first signs of spring bring about the desire to open windows, clear out old, stale air, and begin clearing dust and cobwebs from the corners of their home. The task can be daunting, but some tips and tricks from cleaning specialists will turn spring cleaning into a simple task!

Declutter first!

Myra suggests that you declutter before you begin deep cleaning. Go through each room in your home and survey the piles, paying special attention to ‘junk cabinets and drawers’ to eliminate items that you no longer need. If you have a stack of papers that you haven’t yet surfed through, do it! Separate everything into bins for recycling, items to sell or donate, and garbage. With fewer items, it’s much easier to clean effectively. Continue reading »