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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!

Dec 13 2011

Our Beloved Pets and the Mess They Leave Behind

Pets are so much more than just four legged creatures who take up space. For many of us, are pets are our family. Some people even think of little Fido or Fluffy as their children, and like our children they love to keep us on our toes.

From knocking over plants, to dragging things in from outside, to tracking in mud, our mischievous pets could single handedly keep the vacuum industry afloat. But one of the biggest problems caused by our lovable little friends is something they have no control over; they shed!

Unless you are a proud owner of one of the few breeds of dogs who don’t shed, or you have one of those hairless cats, you have undoubtedly battled pet hair issues. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many times you vacuum your carpet and furniture, those fine little hairs just won’t come up.

Crucial Vacuum knows you love your pet. But we also know you would love to be able to sit down on your couch after your pet without being covered in fur when you get up.

Not to mention, pet hair can wreak havoc on our sinuses and allergies. Nobody wants to own the house that guests can’t visit without sneezing.

Many pet owners are unaware that they are leaving pet hair behind when vacuuming. If your pet’s hair blends in with the carpet or furniture it is easy to assume that running the vacuum is efficiently cleaning up any hair that is shed by your pet.

But those of us who have an up close and personal relationship with our carpet (having a baby who eats anything he can pick up off the floor will do that) are often disappointed to see that our freshly vacuumed carpet is still covered in pet hair.

Many pet owners would take this as a sign that their vacuum needs replaced. After all, if it can’t pick up something as simple as pet hair it must be junk, right? Wrong!

Crucial Vacuum offers quick and simple fixes to help your vacuum get it’s suction back and to help you get your clean floors and furniture back.

The first thing you want to do is to make sure your vacuums roller bar is working. Often, wads of hair or string can get stuck and prevent rolling. Simple fix – take a razor blade and cut off the hair that may be preventing the beater bar from rolling. If that doesn’t fix it, you may need to replace the belt.

If that’s not the problem, make sure the bag isn’t full. If you vacuum in high traffic areas often, your bag will fill up fast. Replacing the bag will allow your vacuum to breathe and get it’s suction back.

Last but not least, check your filters. A clogged filter will need cleaned or replaced to allow your vacuum to function properly. Replacement is easy. Or try our washable filters to get more for your money.

So don’t take it out on Fido the next time you are covered in dog hair.  Find out why your vacuum isn’t sucking it up, and fix the problem so you can get back to loving your furry friends.

Also, check out these other great products Crucial Vacuum offers to help with pet hair: The Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter  and Pet Grooming Vacuum Attachments are must-haves!

 

Dec 7 2011

To Vacuum First, or to Dust First ? That is the Question!

duster vs vacuum, which comes first

Photo from paul-susan.blogspot.com

Cleaning… It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. After cleaning our homes over and over we develop a routine that we could complete in our sleep. It probably goes a little something like this: pick up, dust, vacuum… or is it vacuum and then dust?It’s an age-old debate, to dust first, or to vacuum first. There is no middle of the road here folks, you’re either on one side or the other. It’s a debate that divides households, pits mother against daughter, tears apart friendships…

Ok so it’s not that big of a deal, but seriously who is right?

Research on the topic uncovers a number of housekeeping professionals and experts who say they know the answer. The problem is, even the experts are divided right down the middle. Even more confusing, they give such good reasons to back up their opinion that we are left with our heads spinning.

So let’s look at the arguments shall we? First we have “Team Vacuum.” These housekeepers strongly believe that they are doing the right thing by vacuuming first. The biggest and most valid argument made by this side is that vacuums throw dust into the air, therefore that dust will need to be dusted off of furniture after you vacuum. Good point, but then where does that dust go when you clean it off your furniture?

That is why “Team Dust” says you should clean the dust off of the furniture first. Then once the dust settles into the carpet, you should vacuum it up. Makes sense, but what about the inevitable dust that your vacuum is going to toss around?

Confused? Join the crowd. The bottom line is this; there is no right or wrong answer. (Although we found plenty of experts who claim their answer is the right one).

A completely unscientific poll conducted on Facebook perfectly proved the point of this blog. Exactly 50% of those who answered firmly believed that vacuuming should come first while the other 50% said dusting should absolutely be done first. Thank goodness for easy math!

But while we can’t solve the debate, Crucial Vacuum can offer one piece of crucial advice to both sides.

Minimize the amount of dust put out by your vacuum.

The dust that is tossed into the air when you vacuum is problem no matter which chore you complete first. Less dust put out by your vacuum equals less dust to settle on your furniture, or on your carpet (because it depends where you are leaving that dust, are you still with us?)

So how do you make sure your vacuum is putting out the least amount of dust possible?

That Crucial Vacuum can help you with! Ensuring that your vacuums filter is clean and that your vacuums bag is not full is the best way to be sure that your vacuum is picking up and trapping as much dirt and dust as possible.

If your vacuum has an old or dirty filter you aren’t getting the most out of your vacuum. If your bag is full, you can vacuum your little heart out, but there is no way you are getting the best suction possible out of your vacuum.

Keep replacement bags and filters on hand so your vacuum doesn’t end up making cleaning a bigger chore than it already is. This way, whether you are vacuuming first, last, or somewhere in between, at least you can be vacuuming effectively.

So, which team are you on?

Nov 29 2011

Have You Washed Your Vacuum’s Filter Lately?

We can’t stress enough how important it is to keep a clean filter in your vacuum. It’s simple math, a clean filter = a happy vacuum and a healthy home. If your vacuum came with a filter, you need to take care of it and it will take care of you. Just like the air filter in your car keeps your engine running smooth, a clean filter on your vacuum makes it easier for your vacuum to do its job.

Crucial Vacuum makes it easy to find the filter you need at the lowest prices on the Internet, plus we offer free shipping.

But it gets even better! We are just full of ways to save you money at Crucial Vacuum. Bet you didn’t know that many of our filters are washable and reusable! That’s right, you can purchase one of our replacement filters and use it over and over again. That is something that can’t be said most vacuum’s original filters. That’s just another reason why we are so awesome!
Ideally, your filter should be washed every 3-4 uses. Loss of suction is a good sign that it is time to wash your filter. But remember, you can only wash washable filters!

So how do you wash your filter? We are glad you asked! It’s really quite simple. All you will need is your vacuum’s manual, your Crucial Vacuum Washable Filter, a garbage can, and water.
- First things first: refer to your manual to see how to detach your vacuum’s filter and then remove it.
- Next you will want to try to remove most of the excess dust from the filter. Tapping the filter on a garbage can will do. It is best to do this outside so you aren’t creating a mess to clean up indoors.
- Now you need to carefully rinse the filter. Hold the filter under running water to rinse the outside surface. It’s not necessary to scrub the filter between the pleats or to use brushes or other materials. In fact, using more than running water could damage the filter.
- Allow your filter to air dry around 24-48 hours before replacing it in your vacuum. With proper cleaning and care our filters can last up to 6 months.

Voila! That’s it. How simple is that? Think of all the money you will save on filters, and even better, think of how clean your house will be now. You’re welcome!

Nov 22 2011

Have You Heard How Awesome We Are? Check Out Our Reviews!

If you are reading this, chances are you’re in the market for a vacuum, or for something vacuum related. Whether you need filters, vacuum bags, belts, or other replacement parts, you need not look any further than Crucial Vacuum. If you have shopped with us before, you already know that. But if you haven’t, you’ve come to the right place, just ask our customers.

Crucial Vacuum strives to make the customer happy. With our price match guarantee, satisfaction guarantee, free and easy returns and exchanges, why go anywhere else?
Not to mention, our customers love us, we are their go-to place for all things vacuum. And without our amazing customers, we wouldn’t be where we are today. So nothing makes us happier than hearing positive feedback from our satisfied customers.

Which is why we are happy to be recognized as a top-rated seller on eBay. Check out our eBay store and see the over 14,000 reviews from past customers and you will see that we have 99.8% positive feedback from happy customers.

But wait there’s more, we sell on Amazon too. With almost 12,000 reviews, we rock our 4.9 out of 5 stars proudly!

From our awesome customer service, to our prompt delivery, and our super competitive prices, our customers can’t say enough good things about us, and we sure do appreciate it!

One happy customer posted this in his review on Google:

“The price was incredible. I was able to buy 4 items for $30 when all other sources had the same HEPA filter for $19.95 each!”

And remember what we said about bringing our old vacuum back to life with new parts? This happy customer took our advice:

“Superb Value, Shipping, and Amazing Quality, made my old Oreck brand new! Thanks so much.”

As you can see, we love hearing from our happy customers. But more importantly, we love providing our customers with everything they could possibly need for their vacuum. So if you haven’t ordered from us yet what are you waiting for? Find out for yourself what all the hype is about!