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Feb 24 2016

Why You Should Perform Preventative Vacuum Maintenance

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In 2015, approximately 2.03 million vacuum cleaners were sold in the United States alone. While most were due to kids growing up, moving out and needing their own vacuum, a significant number was due to replacement. While sure, it’s inevitable that vacuums will wear down and break eventually (they are machines with lots of moving parts), there are several things you can do to delay that entropic curve. Chief among them is a simple regime of preventive vacuum maintenance. Of course, when we here at Crucial say regime, we don’t mean it’s something difficult or boring (well, okay; maybe it’s a little boring). But just like you change the oil and filters in your car, there are some set maintenance things you should do beyond just changing the bag or emptying the dirt container. In descending order of how frequently they should be done, you have your filters, belts, and brush rollers.

Change Those Filters

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Depending on the type of vacuum you own, you may have one filter or even three filters. Each of these should be changed on a set schedule to keep your vacuum running at its best. Why? Simply put, when your vacuum kicks up all the dirt and dust, some particles are too light to be trapped in the bag or chamber. These bits include pollen, mold spores, dust mites, and pet dander, which then get blown back out into the air. Your filters (usually a HEPA-rated filter on newer vacuums) traps all of this. So it’s important to keep your filters clear so you know your air is clear. Usually your primary filter needs changed every three to six months, depending on how much you use your vacuum and how dusty or dirty the cleaning is. We here at Crucial have every type of filter for every major manufacturer (and some lesser known ones too), making it easy to keep your filters in top shape. Continue reading »

Feb 8 2016

Debunking Winter Driving Myths and Other Safety Tips

winter driving myths mainWinter is coming to a close (thankfully), and we here at Crucial Vacuum join the entire northern hemisphere in a collective sigh of relief that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. (Seriously. The groundhog as a weather prognosticator is a grand tradition) However, there are still quite a few wintry and blustery days and below freezing temperatures on many nights ahead of us. When it comes to being safe on the roads, we are bombarded with a lot of information. Some of it makes sense, like not using your cellphone while driving. Some of it makes us wonder, like being told to underinflate your tires for additional traction. How do you keep track of what is or isn’t a valid safety tip? To help you with that, here are four of the most common winter driving myths you’ll hear when it comes to staying safe on the winter roads. Continue reading »

Feb 4 2016

Super Bowl Party Activities and Pranks for Each Type of Guest Pt. 2

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Last article, we talked about the first five of the top ten stereotypes of guests we saw at our Super Bowl parties. Here we’re going to look at the other five and give you some ideas about how to engage them so your party is one that will be remembered. Heck, your party may end up being so legendary, you’ll have to work doubly hard to top it next year. Continue reading »

Jan 27 2016

Super Bowl Party Activities and Pranks for Each Type of Guest Pt. 1

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Are you ready for some football? Okay, while not everyone is excited about football, there’s no denying that Super Bowl Sunday is an event. Super Bowl Sunday means Super Bowl parties, and we here at Crucial Vacuum have noticed that there are some specific types of people who attend our parties. Because we’re all friends, we take delight in catering activities for them or pulling a little prank. Check out part 1 of our list:

 

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Jan 18 2016

With Late Winter, Comes Late Winter Sickness – Flu Prevention Tips

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It’s January, which means that Old Man Winter has the Northern Hemisphere firmly in his grasp. The cold weather brings lots of things, some great (like the first snow!), others…meh (like every snow after that). During these dark days of winter, it’s important for you and your loved ones to stay healthy. Did you know that health officials estimate there will be one billion colds this season alone? Moreover, that doesn’t take into account the number of people who will catch the flu. So we at Crucial Vacuum have gathered some tips on flu prevention to help keep your family healthy.

Prevention

They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So, hopefully you’ve already gotten your flu shot. If not, you can still get them well into January. As one of the top flu prevention methods, because the official flu season runs until May, it’s still a good idea to protect yourself. Remember that it generally takes one to two weeks for a flu shot to fully protect you, so the sooner you get it, the better. As always, make sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist with any questions you have about getting a flu shot. Continue reading »