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Feb 14 2012

Save Time and Money By Washing Your Vacuum’s Filter, Seriously!

I talk a lot about washing your vacuums filter. But I bet I know what a lot of you are thinking. Wash my vacuum filter? Is she nuts? Well, I’m not. Crucial Vacuum actually sells washable filters for your vacuum. If you don’t have one yet, you’re missing out!

Because let’s be honest, how many of us are guilty of waiting way too long to change our vacuum’s filter? Well, I hate to break it to you but you are really not getting much out of your vacuum if your filter isn’t clean.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just rinse your filter out rather than buying a new one? Well, you actually can!

Don’t feel too bad, washable filters are a fairly new trend. The “washability” of our filters allows you to reuse the same filter over and over, therefore saving you time, and most importantly- money!

What are washable filters? Continue reading »

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!

 

Oct 23 2011

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