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Feb 10 2012

What is a HEPA filter? I’m so Glad You Asked!

In case you haven’t noticed, at Crucial Vacuum we are pretty crazy about our HEPA filters. I suggest vacuuming with a good HEPA filter in nearly every post I write. But I have never really talked much about what a HEPA filter is. So, let’s talk about it!

What is HEPA?

HEPA stands for “high efficiency particulate arresting”. HEPA filters are air filter that trap almost all the dust and dirt particles down to and including 0.3 microns (AKA tiny particles of dirt and dust).

The way HEPA filters are made is what makes them more effective than other filters. They are made up of glass fibers, placed on top of one another, like pleats. These fibers are held together with the help of frames placed inside. Because the fibers are held so tightly together, it is nearly impossible for most contaminants to pass through. Therefore they become trapped inside the filter, instead of floating freely in your air.

Not just any filter can claim to be a HEPA filter either! The government has standards that a filter must meet before it can bear the HEPA name. In order to pass the test, filters must have the capability to trap at least 99.97% of .3 microns. That’s some serious trap-ability!

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Feb 7 2012

Crucial Tips For Keeping Our Children’s Rooms Allergen-Free

According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma Immunology (AAAAI), approximately 13 million school days are missed each year due to asthma.

Because my husband and I are both allergy sufferers and I have asthma, I know my son is at a much greater risk of developing both, which is a total bummer. So I am always looking for ways to limit his exposure to dust, allergens, and indoor air pollutants.

But, I have a confession. Being a less than perfect housekeeper, I admit that I sometimes cut corners when it came to cleaning my son’s room. My guests never go in there so I figured my limited time was better spent on the kitchen and living room.

But after doing some research, I realized what a huge risk I was taking. After all, my son spends a third of his life in his bedroom, which means that air should be the cleanest and safest air in the house. When he lays his precious little head down and drifts off to dream he should be safe and secure, not breathing in harmful allergens.

Instead of feeling guilty, I found these tips from the AAAAI for keeping our children’s rooms allergen free. I hope you find them as useful as I have.

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Jan 30 2012

More On Chemical Free Cleaning With Myst Reutlinger

 

Last week, chemical free cleaning guru, Mysti Reutlinger gave me the lowdown on the dangers of chemical cleaners.  As promised, here is part 2 of my interview with the author of “The Pantry Cleaner: Chemical Free Cleaning“. Check out the great tips, advice, and even one recipe she is sharing with Crucial Vacuum first!

CV: Ok, so if I were to start by throwing out one chemical cleaner today, what should it be and why? 

MR: Oh, this is a hard question!  

I would have to say any chemical that is in an aerosol can. With aerosol cans, not only do you add the chemicals found in the cleaner into the air, you are risking the sight of your loved ones in addition to potentially causing damage to other body systems such as the respiratory and circulatory.  

In a study conducted at Brown University and released in 2011, children’s eyesight is most at risk from aerosol sprays. Just using a canned spray cleaner in the vicintiy of children can cause disruption to their vision. The chemicals burn and scar the eyes.  

The eyes have no protection from chemicals! The chemicals that touch the eye are flushed directly into the blood stream. This is why your eyes will burn when you clean your home. 

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Jan 28 2012

Author, Mysti Reutlinger Shares Crucial Information on Dangerous Chemical Cleaners

At Crucial Vacuum we know how important it is to keep our families healthy and breathing easy. Why else would we spend so much time cleaning and sanitizing? But lately there has been a lot of talk about the dangers of the chemicals found in common household cleaners and it got my attention. Am I doing more harm than good?

So I caught up with Mysti Reutlinger, author of “The Pantry Cleaner: Chemical Free Cleaning”, to pick her brain about the dangers of household cleaners and I was shocked by what she had to say.

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Jan 25 2012

Crucial Reader’s Cleaning Tips

At Crucial Vacuum, we know that a healthy family starts with a clean home. Last week, we shared some expert cleaning tips to help you keep your home clean and safe. And while expert advice is great, sometimes tips from people just like us can be even better.

So we reached out to you, our readers, and asked for some of your favorite cleaning tips and tricks. We must say, you guys didn’t disappoint. Here is what you said:

Get creative with how you use your cleaning supplies.  One of our genius readers has found that a dry mop works wonders for those hard to reach corners and places you can’t reach with a rag. She was amazed by how well dust and cobwebs clung to the mop. Also she says she realized a long time ago that if you just get into the habit of dusting and vacuuming every couple of days it really isn’t so bad and won’t take as long if you don’t let it build up. She likes that vacuuming is even a little bit of a workout!

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