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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!

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!