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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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 »