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Apr 5 2016

Spring Cleaning Tips pt 4: The Finishing Touches

Spring Cleaning 4 mainLast week we at Crucial Vacuum, covered tips on how to clean some of the toughest spots in your house. This week, we’re going to get you going on how to move from room to room like a cleaning dervish, leaving behind a clean streak in your wake. With these spring cleaning tips, your annual cleaning spree should go off without a hitch. Just remember that having your spring cleaning go smoothly lies in having a plan and using the right tools for the job. Running in with a bucket of water and a sponge will only lead to frustration. That isn’t to say that cleaning requires hundreds of dollars in expensive gadgets either. Here are some things to get you started. Continue reading »

Mar 30 2016

Spring Cleaning Tips pt 3: Tough Spots To Conquer

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Welcome back to our 4 part series on Spring Cleaning. This week, we’re going to talk about actual cleaning and some tips on tackling the tough spots when it comes to cleaning. These are areas like your HVAC registers or radiators, under the fridge and stove, and your window blinds. In general, these are the spots that leave people shaking their heads or cleaning inefficiently or incorrectly. Let’s get to it!:

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Mar 24 2016

Spring Cleaning pt 2: The Essential Decluttering Tips

Spring Cleaning Decluttering tipsLast week in our Spring Cleaning series, we at Crucial discussed a great starting point for your annual cleaning spree: checking your roof and crawl spaces. This week we’re going to get you started on that spring decluttering. You know, the annual, “Do I really need to keep this Summer ’12 Pottery Barn catalog?” (Hint: unless you participated in making the catalog, probably not). We’re going to cover some great decluttering tips to get you started and touch on some things you definitely shouldn’t do. After all, whether you live in a one-bedroom apartment or a 16-room mansion, decluttering is a big job and intensely personal. Also, keep in mind that spring cleaning isn’t usually a one weekend job unless you live in a studio apartment. A proper spring clean can take twenty hours of work to do. Spacing that out over a few weekends can really help keep the job from stressing you out.

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Mar 16 2016

Spring Cleaning pt. 1: Where to Begin?

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Mother Nature has finally begun to relent and release her icy grip on the Northern Hemisphere. While this is great because it means warmer weather and no more scraping ice from your car window, it also means the annual chore that we all approach with hesitation. Yes, we’re talking about Spring Cleaning.

If you own your own home, there are certain things that you should do every spring to protect the investment you have in your property. The first part of spring cleaning isn’t jumping right in with a broom. It’s about inspecting those things that might have gotten damaged over the winter. This means looking over your roof, your attic, and your basement. So let’s get started and work from top to bottom.

(Keep in mind that everything here can be done by a contractor if you choose. Licensed roofers and contractors are more than happy to do them, but with a free afternoon, you can save yourself quite a bit of money by doing it yourself. )

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Mar 7 2016

Our Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Recipes That Use Up Your Leftovers

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Soon to be upon us is the hallowed day of 17 March; the day when rivers flow as green as the beer and people all over the world try out the worst Irish accents this side of a box of marshmallow and crunch cereal. Yes, Saint Patrick’s Day is almost here. With this day comes the habit of wearing green to avoid being pinched (although today, we’re not sure if anyone actually pinches anyone anymore outside of elementary school), a plethora of shamrock shaped (and flavored) things, and of course, the ubiquitous corned beef and cabbage. We here at Crucial love St. Patrick’s Day and everything that comes with it. While we could delve into why we wear green or what in the world a short fellow wearing a green coat and top hat has to do with anything, we choose instead to focus on a much more important day. 18 March; the day after St. Patrick’s Day, the day of recovery, or as it is found on the liturgical calendar, Saint Cyril’s Day.

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