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Jan 20 2012

A Few of Our Favorite Expert Cleaning Tips

It is safe to say that for most of us, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Whether you work 40 hours outside the home, stay home with your kids, or whatever combination of the two, chances are cleaning your house requires time that you just don’t have. Crucial Vacuum knows your time is valuable and limited. We also know how essential a clean home is the health and safety of your family. So when we found this article by Heidi Cho, 30 Quick and Easy Cleaning Tips, featuring great timesaving advice from cleaning experts, we decided to share our favorites tips from the article with you. You’re welcome!

For the kitchen-

Work clockwise around the room. Because the stovetop is likely the dirtiest and greasiest place in the kitchen it makes sense to save it for last. But we actually like this tip for any room in the house. It will keep you from running from one side of the room to the other without getting anything accomplished. And saving the worst part for last is nice because once you’re done, you’re done!

Keep your sponges bacteria free. A wet sponge can be a lovely place for bacteria to thrive. But wringing yours out and popping it in the microwave on high for 60 seconds is a great way to stop those harmful bacteria in their tracks.

For the bathroom-

Rid your shower curtain liner of mold and mildew. The plastic liner on your shower curtain can be tough to keep clean. But by placing it in the washer with some towels, which will work as scrubbers, yours can be good as new in no time. We really love this idea. Mold is nothing to mess around with.

For the entire house:

Clean top to bottom. This ensures that any dust, crumbs, or whatever else gets knocked off of your surfaces will be picked up when you get to the floor.

And the vacuum tip-

Vacuum from one corner to the other corner. Cho suggests that you start in the corner furthest from the entrance to the room and work in slow, forward and backward, overlapping motions. This will leave you with perfect vacuum lines free of footprints, which we all just love.

Jan 15 2012

Keeping Your Family Safe From Bathroom Germs, It’s Crucial!

If you’re anything like me, you worry about bathroom germs all the time. It’s safe to say that public bathrooms are one of the scariest places on Earth. But what about the bathroom in your own home, how safe is it? You want to keep your home safe and your family healthy but the truth is, your own bathroom could be just as scary as those public bathrooms.

Bathroom germs can hide pretty much anywhere in your bathroom from the expected to the unpredictable. Here are 4 places germs like to hang out in your bathroom:

Your toothbrush:

This is the grossest of the gross! Did you know that every time you flush your toilet germs and “particles” are released into the air? Eventually those particles will find a place to land and if your toothbrush is exposed on the counter they will find their way to it. Closing the lid to the toilet is a great start to reduce the amount of germs floating around your bathroom. Even if your toothbrush is safely hiding out in a drawer or cabinet, closing the lid before you flush is a good habit to pick up on. Do you really want to be breathing that stuff in?

Your toilet:

While it is obvious that the toilet bowl is not the cleanest place in your home, many people overlook the other areas of the toilet when it comes to cleaning. Your toilet’s handle, seat, and lid are a breeding ground for dangerous germs. Extra special attention should be given to these spots when cleaning your bathroom. And just like you learned in Kindergarten, you should ALWAYS wash your hands after using the bathroom and touching the toilet. Bathroom germs are nothing you want living on your hands, that’s just not healthy.

Your bathtub and shower:

Black mold is one of the most common problems in the bathroom, and one of the most dangerous. Black mold grows and lives in the nooks and crannies of your bathtub and shower. The moisture, dirt, and bacteria that your shower is subjected to daily make it the perfect place for mold to grow. Black mold, when touched or breathed in by you and your loved ones, can make you seriously ill. It can spread to your walls and other surfaces of your home. Keeping your bathtub clean and dry is a great start for preventing mold.

Everywhere else:

I already mentioned the germs and bacteria that are released when the toilet is flushed, and the mold that lives in the shower. That bacteria and mold can live pretty much anywhere in your bathroom, including in the air. If your bathroom isn’t properly ventilated your health is especially at risk because bacteria thrive in moisture. If you don’t have a fan or ceiling vent in your bathroom, consider using an air purifier. As for the floor and other surfaces, scrub regularly and consider steam cleaning to help kill even more bathroom germs.

I hope I didn’t freak you out too terribly, but bathroom germs are nothing to mess around with. Crucial Vacuum cares about the health of you and your family. Helping other breathe easy, feel better, and stay healthy is just what we do.