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Dec 30 2011

Worst Chore Ever, or Not So Bad? Where do You Rank Vacuuming?

Crucial Vacuum recently asked on Facebook where vacuuming ranks among your favorite and least favorite household chores. As is to be expected, the answers varied. There werethose who absolutely hate to vacuum, and there were those who don’t mind it at all.

One response was, “ I despise it. Love the house when it’s done, but hate the chore.”

Another Facebook friend said, “My favorite chore too. Instant gratification. That’s my kind of cleaning.”

In fact, about half of the people who responded said it was their favorite chore. But just as many people claimed to not like vacuuming at all.

As for me, I love it. There is nothing better than freshly vacuumed carpet. I love the lines that my vacuum leaves behind as if to say, “why yes, my lovely owner did just vacuum”. I love knowing that there are no tiny little choking hazards for my baby to get a hold of. I even enjoy the actual act of vacuuming, it’s kind of fun honestly. My dog goes crazy chasing the vacuum, which always makes the baby laugh, and it’s a little bit of a workout. So, as far as household chores go, I really can’t complain about vacuuming.

The only problem that I have with vacuuming is that I have to do so much work before I can vacuum. You know, all the picking up, putting away, and dusting that comes first? Those are among my least favorite chores along with dishes and laundry and pretty much every other chore. Sorry to disappoint, but the domestic goddess you see above is not me.

It is because of all the putting away and picking up that my living room has not been vacuumed in a few days. At this very moment, my house is a complete disaster thanks to Christmas. I now know why my parents used to dread bringing home a car full of new toys from every grandparent. I have no idea where any of this stuff is going to go and no desire to start trying to figure it out.

But my husband and I are both already starting to sneeze and sniffle, a telltale sign that it is past time to vacuum. Unfortunately for us our allergies don’t stop when winter comes around. I have to constantly keep our house dusted and vacuumed or we are miserable. So while I would love to put off sorting through these toys for a few more days, I know I can’t.

On the bright side, I have a brand new filter for my vacuum and I am not ashamed to admit that I am super excited to put it to use. Until recently, I had no idea how important it was to keep my vacuum in tiptop shape for my own health. Since I have started changing my vacuums bags before they are completely full and maintaining a clean vacuum filter, I have been able to breathe much easier. My husband and I have both noticed that our allergies are less irritated and we are hoping that by keeping the air clean in our house we are helping to keep our son from developing the same problems.

So the rest of my day will consist of sorting through toys new and old, putting things away, dusting, and last but not least… vacuuming. Maybe that is why I like vacuuming, because it means I am finally done cleaning.

Dec 27 2011

How Often do You Change Your Vacuum’s Bag?

So, how often do you change your vacuum’s bag? If you’re like me, and millions of other housekeepers who mean well, the answer is probably not often enough. Vacuum bags fill up much quicker than most people realize. Once the bag is full your vacuum is unable to perform to it’s full potential and is left struggling to pick up. You’re left angry with your vacuum for not working right, and let’s face it, your vacuum is probably not too happy with you either.

But this is a problem that is easily avoided; you simply need to know when to change your vacuum’s bag. I bet a quick check of most people’s vacuum bags would uncover a bag that is too full. I can’t promise that my own vacuum’s bag isn’t ready to be changed again. But how full is too full? How do you know?

When we bought our house we didn’t have much carpet. I vacuumed only occasionally. But hardwoods turned to a large area rug when we brought home our first baby. I began vacuuming regularly but honestly, I didn’t give the vacuum’s bag much thought. When our baby started crawling I talked my husband into wall-to-wall carpet. I loved my new carpet and became a huge fan of vacuuming. I loved the lines that the vacuum left in the carpet, I felt like they made me look like a good housekeeper. I didn’t even pay any attention to whether or not my vacuum was actually picking anything up, oops.

But one day, as I was vacuuming the rug in our entranceway, I realized that my vacuum was actually spitting stuff back out at me. It was a fairly new vacuum so I was not happy that it wasn’t working properly. For the first time since I had bought the vacuum, I opened it up and discovered a bag that was practically bursting at the seams. Hmmm, so that was the problem. Upon further investigation, I realized my vacuum even has a handy little light that indicates when the bag needs changed. Who knew?

I know I should be embarrassed to share that story but 1) I have no shame and 2) I am trying to help others learn from my mistakes. Oh, and it helps that a certain head-honcho at Crucial Vacuum, whose name I am not at liberty to disclose, shared a similar experience with me the other day. He was recently vacuuming his office and couldn’t figure out why his vacuum wasn’t picking up. Sure enough, a quick check of the vacuum’s bag revealed a bag in desperate need of changing. So if even he forgets to change his vacuum’s bag sometimes, it’s ok for the rest of us to do it!

A good rule of thumb for when to change your vacuum’s bag is to change it before it’s completely full. Once the bag is full it won’t be able to pick up anything else. We both know your time is way too valuable to waste running a vacuum that isn’t picking up. If your vacuum has an indicator that tells you when the bag is full, learn from my mistake and don’t ignore it.

Oh and one more thing, make sure you actually have extra vacuum bags. Crucial Vacuum offers the best selection of vacuum bags on the internet. From Bissell to Oreck, we carry bags for all brands and offer free shipping. Now that you will be changing bags regularly you will need to stock up, it’s crucial!

 

Dec 23 2011

And the Winner is… Vapamore Named “Consumers Digest Best Buy”

Crucial Vacuum has exciting news! While we already knew that Vapamore products were the very best steam cleaners around (why else would we offer them to our beloved customers?), we now have some pretty solid proof to back us up.

We are happy to announce that the Vapamore MR-100 Primo Steam Cleaner has been named the “Consumers Digest Best Buy” for a canister style steam cleaner. After a year of comparisons and testing, Consumers Digest names its picks for the best buys in its upcoming February issue, on stands in mid-January.

Steam cleaning has become increasingly popular in recent years. It seems that every manufacturers is producing its own version of the “best” steam cleaner to tackle those dirty floors and counters. As a matter of fact, Consumers Digest reports that there are now 24 different manufacturers making steam-cleaning products.

With products ranging in prices from $40-$500 or more, all claiming to be the best, shopping for the perfect steam cleaner can be overwhelming. But Consumers Digest looked at them all and talked to the experts to find out once and for all which steam cleaner deserves to be called the best buy.

The results are in and according to Consumers Digest our friends at Vapamore have the canister category in the bag. Consumers Digest had great things to say about the MR-100 Primo.

“No other canister has a better warranty than the MR-100 Primo has. It’s also the least expensive model that has a stainless steel boiler tank, which means that it’s less likely to corrode than are the aluminum boiler tanks that are used in less expensive models. And no other model that costs less than $300 has a longer cleaning time (50-60 minutes) than this model has.”

It’s true. The MR-100 Primo comes with a lifetime boiler tank and labor warranty and a 1-year warranty on parts. It also comes with a ton of great features and attachments for all your steam cleaning needs.

Vapamore listened to the customer and built this steam cleaner from the ground up. We knew they got it right, and now they are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Congratulations to our favorite steam cleaner!

Dec 19 2011

Cleaning for Baby: A Job That Never Ends

Here’s the understatement of the year; having a baby changes everything. I knew prior to having my son that my whole world was going to change, and it has. My priorities, my interests, even my career has changed since becoming a mom.

But by far, the biggest difference that being a mom has made in me; I’m a better housekeeper. It’s funny because I have no time for housework with an ornery little baby chasing me around. But it’s because of that sweet little guy that I have become a stickler for keeping my house clean. There are enough bad things that can happen when we are out and about. Our home should be a place where we are comfortable and safe.
So, because my little guy is fascinated with putting anything that he finds on the floor directly into his mouth, I try to vacuum every day. Between dirt being tracked in from outside, our dog chewing his bones and leaving little pieces all over, and the random carpet fuzz there is always a mess to clean up. Hearing my vacuum suck up all the tiny little choking hazards is like music to my ears.
And then there’s the dust. I have a confession; I once caught the baby playing in dust. His dad and I both have terrible allergies, and because allergies are often inherited, the chances of our little guy getting them are high. I can’t clean a dusty room without feeling like my throat is closing and I desperately want to do all that I can to keep my baby from feeling that way. If I told you there was never dust in my house I would be lying, but I try my best to keep up for his sake.
When I have time, which I admit isn’t often enough, I love to steam clean. I use the broom on the kitchen and bathroom floors regularly. But it is such a great feeling to be able to kill germs and leave my floors shiny and clean without using harsh chemicals. As much as I hate to admit it, my little one has been known to eat off the kitchen floor and much to my horror, he is obsessed with the toilet. So I am forever grateful for my steam cleaner when it comes to killing germs the safe way.
I’m not going to lie, before I had a baby I wasn’t the world’s greatest housekeeper. Ok, I was awful. So now that I am cleaning on a regular basis to keep my baby healthy and safe I am learning as I go. I can’t believe how quickly my vacuum’s bags fill up. Until I started blogging for Crucial Vacuum, I wasn’t even aware that my vacuum had a filter, let alone that I needed to change it regularly.
Crucial Vacuum honestly came into my life at the perfect time. It is my one stop shop to stock up on vacuum bags, filters, dusters, and other cleaning supplies. I am so excited to share the convenience and great deals with everyone I know, especially fellow mommies.  With free shipping and the best prices on the Internet, Crucial Vacuum just can’t be beat. Tell your friends!

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!