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Jan 11 2012

4 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

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At Crucial Vacuum we talk a lot about indoor air quality, which should serve as a sign as to how crazy important it is to us. Like I’ve said before, your home should be your safe place. You shouldn’t have to worry about silent and invisible dangers that could be making you and your family sick. But if your home has poor indoor air quality, it could be doing just that.

Indoor air pollutants can be hazardous to your health. Babies and children can develop respiratory problems, allergies, and asthma, which will affect them for the rest of their lives if they are breathing in harmful pollutants on a regular basis. Poor indoor air quality can have just as much of an impact on the health of the elderly as well. Your home could be making the people that you love the most sick.

So now that I have your attention, are you wondering what you can do to maintain good indoor air quality in your home? I’m so glad you asked!

Vacuum Maintenance

One of the simplest ways to keep your home clean and your breathing air free of dirt, dust, and allergens is to vacuum regularly. But if you aren’t taking care of your vacuum you are only wasting your time. A quick check of your vacuums bag, roller bar, belt, and filter every couple of uses goes a long way. Just make sure everything is working the way it should be and that your bag and filter don’t need cleaned.

Change Your Vacuum’s Bag

If your vacuum’s bag is full it may not only fail to pick up, it will also more than likely stir up all the harmful pollutants in the air. This will cause your indoor air quality to be even worse than when you started. So take my advice, be sure to change your bag before it’s full. If you are going to vacuum with a full bag, you may as well not vacuum at all. Stock up on vacuum bags, they fill up fast.

Replace or wash your vacuum’s filter.

The filter on your vacuum is a wonderful thing. It traps all those harmful pollutants that your vacuum would otherwise toss back into the air. It is one of your very best allies in the war against allergies. But if you don’t take care of your filter, it can’t take care of your air quality. Make sure that your filter is clean. Replace or wash your vacuum’s filter regularly to ensure that it can work to it’s full potential.

Consider an air purifier.

Air purifiers purify and clean the air you breathe. They are great for filtering common allergens like mildew, dirt, and dust and reduce odors. If vacuuming doesn’t seem to be doing enough to help improve the air quality in your home, these could be a huge help. Crucial Vacuum offers a wide variety of air purifiers from the small and portable to the large installed systems.

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.

Dec 14 2011

The Holiday Host: Preparing Your Home for Holiday Guests

Ah, the holidays… ‘Tis the season, the season of giving, a time of love and laughter, family gatherings, holiday meals, warm cookies, chestnuts roasting on an open fire… What’s not to love? It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Unless of course, you are the one who is expected to make it all happen. Are you the host or hostess with the “mostest”? Are you expecting dozens of hungry visitors at your house this holiday season? Has the shopping, gift-wrapping, grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning been left to you? If so, chances are that at this point you aren’t feeling quite as festive as your guests who are eagerly waiting to show up at your house for the holidays.

But fear not, gracious hostess, Crucial Vacuum is here for you when nobody else gives you and your mile-long to-do list a second thought. We appreciate you and all the hard work you do time and time again to make it all happen. So, the clock is ticking… Let’s get to it. Crucial Vacuum is your one stop shop for all your cleaning needs. Just because we have vacuum in our title, you didn’t think that’s all we had did you? We have everything you need to get your house spic-and-span before your company arrives!

Dusting is one of the most dreaded household chores. Does it seem like all you do is stir dust up, only for it to settle back where it was in the first place before you’ve even made your way around the room? If so, may we recommend lambswool? Lambswool is great for dusting because it’s incredibly soft and gentle on even your most delicate surfaces. The fibers are great for grabbing dust rather than just flinging it around. We have an awesome selection of lambswool dusting products for all your dusting needs.

Do you have tile or hardwood floors? Aren’t all the compliments on your gorgeous floors nice? Keeping them clean, not so nice, right? Crucial Vacuum offers great cleaning supplies and mops to help do the dirty work for you.

Of course, we have to mention your carpets. Just before your guests arrive, a nice thorough vacuuming will go a long way to ensure your house is ready for the holidays. So make sure your vacuum is ready, beforehand. You don’t need the stress of changing bags and filters at the last minute so stock up now. Remember, your trusty vacuum needs to be prepared and taken care of just like it’s lovely owner.

So as the holidays approach at a rapid pace, try to relax and enjoy them. The gifts will be wrapped, the ham will be juicy and delicious, and your house will shine, as always. You’ve got this!

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!