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Jan 25 2012

Crucial Reader’s Cleaning Tips

At Crucial Vacuum, we know that a healthy family starts with a clean home. Last week, we shared some expert cleaning tips to help you keep your home clean and safe. And while expert advice is great, sometimes tips from people just like us can be even better.

So we reached out to you, our readers, and asked for some of your favorite cleaning tips and tricks. We must say, you guys didn’t disappoint. Here is what you said:

Get creative with how you use your cleaning supplies.  One of our genius readers has found that a dry mop works wonders for those hard to reach corners and places you can’t reach with a rag. She was amazed by how well dust and cobwebs clung to the mop. Also she says she realized a long time ago that if you just get into the habit of dusting and vacuuming every couple of days it really isn’t so bad and won’t take as long if you don’t let it build up. She likes that vacuuming is even a little bit of a workout!

Choose safe products and let the little ones help. One reader uses a spray bottle filled with a watered-down mixture of an environmentally (child) safe cleaner. Her young daughter loves to go to town spraying it on the table, sink, back of her chair, etc. to help her clean. She love it because her daughter ASKS to help clean. And, she doesn’t have to worry about her child’s safety.

Start ‘em young! One our readers has young girls who just love to put the laundry soap in the washer. So she tell them they can IF they help with the rest of the laundry. And we love this one; Her girls think its awesome to get into their bikinis and take a bucket of water/soap and soak the kitchen floor with it. Then slide on their knees pretending like they are penguins..In the end, her floor is clean and they had a blast. (We bet all these little ones will be great housekeepers!)

Be prepared for messy kids! Another mom says, if u have kids a magic eraser is a must! She says they take off everything, especially crayon markings off of walls and wooden furniture, without damaging it. Sounds like she knows from experience! That same readers adds that baby wipes are awesome for cleaning! We agree, baby wipes are great for everything!

Stay one step ahead of your dirty refrigerator. We love this. One of our readers uses press and seal wrap in all of her refregirator drawers. This makes it quick and easy, just pull, wipe, and add new.

And last but certainly not least…

Stay stocked up. One of our readers said he stays on top of cleaning by making sure that he never runs out of cleaning supplies. He makes sure to always have a backup broom, extra sprays, soaps, and solutions, and replacement bags and filters for his vacuum. (Hey, we couldn’t agree with that last part more!) This way, there is no excuse for not getting the job done.

Oct 23 2011

Don’t Toss Your Old Vacuum! 3 Simple Fixes That Can Make Your Old Vacuum New Again

Make Your Vacuum Like New Again!

Is your vacuum failing to live up to your standards? Perhaps your vacuum just isn’t picking up like it used to, leaving behind pet hair, fuzz, or other debris. Is there a strange smell coming from your vacuum? Or maybe your vacuum has lost some suction and just isn’t the same as it used to be. Rest assured; you are not alone, and you do not have to live this way! So many people experience one or both of these common issues with their vacuum and immediately draw the conclusion that they need a new vacuum. But we have good news! Crucial Vacuum is stocked with the things you need to get you’re your vacuum up and running like new again. So, before you toss your trusty old vacuum aside on your way to replace it, try these quick and simple fixes that may have your vacuum back to it’s old self in no time.

Vacuum Not Picking Up Like it Used to?

If your vacuum isn’t picking up like it used to check to see if the brush bar roller is turning. If it’s not, the solution could be as simple as removing wads of tangled hair or carpet string from the area. If that isn’t the problem a quick replacement of the belt could also do the trick.

Loss of Suction?

If you are experiencing loss of suction, check first to make sure that the bag is not full. So many people forget to change the bag and wonder why their sweeper won’t suck anything else up. If your bag isn’t full try checking to make sure the hose is clear. If the bag isn’t full and the hose is clear you should check the filters.

Strange Smells?

If you notice a strange or bad smell coming from your vacuum cleaner, there are a couple of easy fixes that may help. If it smells like rubber, you may have snapped the vacuum cleaner’s belt. But if it just plain stinks, chances are you need to change your filter. Filters can be found on both bagged and bagless vacuums. Vacuums with filters are great for trapping dust and other allergens in the home and make for cleaner air, which equals less tissues and sneezing. But these filters can become clogged and full over time making them less efficient. As a general rule, filters last considerably longer than bags. Therefore you won’t have to change them as often as you change your bag. But you should pay close attention to the filter to be sure it doesn’t need changed and isn’t clogged so that it can do its job.

So before you toss your vacuum, try these simple quick fixes first. With a little attention and routine maintenance there is probably still plenty of life left in your vacuum.