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Feb 17 2012

So Many Vacuum Filters… Where Should I Start?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it doesn’t matter how often you are vacuuming, or how often you are changing your vacuum’s bag. If your vacuum’s filter isn’t properly maintained, you simply are not doing enough to keep your air safe and your home clean! Your vacuum’s filter works to trap dirt, dust, and allergens to keep them out of your air. But if your filter is dirty or clogged, those particles are simply going to get tossed back into the air.

So, now that you know you simply must maintain your vacuum’s filter, what’s next? Shopping for vacuum filters can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of filters out there: Continue reading »

Feb 10 2012

What is a HEPA filter? I’m so Glad You Asked!

In case you haven’t noticed, at Crucial Vacuum we are pretty crazy about our HEPA filters. I suggest vacuuming with a good HEPA filter in nearly every post I write. But I have never really talked much about what a HEPA filter is. So, let’s talk about it!

What is HEPA?

HEPA stands for “high efficiency particulate arresting”. HEPA filters are air filter that trap almost all the dust and dirt particles down to and including 0.3 microns (AKA tiny particles of dirt and dust).

The way HEPA filters are made is what makes them more effective than other filters. They are made up of glass fibers, placed on top of one another, like pleats. These fibers are held together with the help of frames placed inside. Because the fibers are held so tightly together, it is nearly impossible for most contaminants to pass through. Therefore they become trapped inside the filter, instead of floating freely in your air.

Not just any filter can claim to be a HEPA filter either! The government has standards that a filter must meet before it can bear the HEPA name. In order to pass the test, filters must have the capability to trap at least 99.97% of .3 microns. That’s some serious trap-ability!

What are HEPA “like” Filters? Continue reading »

Jan 30 2012

More On Chemical Free Cleaning With Myst Reutlinger

 

Last week, chemical free cleaning guru, Mysti Reutlinger gave me the lowdown on the dangers of chemical cleaners.  As promised, here is part 2 of my interview with the author of “The Pantry Cleaner: Chemical Free Cleaning“. Check out the great tips, advice, and even one recipe she is sharing with Crucial Vacuum first!

CV: Ok, so if I were to start by throwing out one chemical cleaner today, what should it be and why? 

MR: Oh, this is a hard question!  

I would have to say any chemical that is in an aerosol can. With aerosol cans, not only do you add the chemicals found in the cleaner into the air, you are risking the sight of your loved ones in addition to potentially causing damage to other body systems such as the respiratory and circulatory.  

In a study conducted at Brown University and released in 2011, children’s eyesight is most at risk from aerosol sprays. Just using a canned spray cleaner in the vicintiy of children can cause disruption to their vision. The chemicals burn and scar the eyes.  

The eyes have no protection from chemicals! The chemicals that touch the eye are flushed directly into the blood stream. This is why your eyes will burn when you clean your home. 

CV: What is one chemical free solution you would recommend for a beginner like me who is looking to venture into the natural cleaning world? 

MR: I have a few simple recipes that are easy to make and use.  

A lemon-fresh all-purpose spray cleaner:  

Mix 2 cups of water and 1 cup of lemon juice for a potent disinfecting kitchen and bathroom spray.  It’s simple, smells great, and you can even drink it without hurting your body.  

Another great one to start with is a hand sanitizer. This recipe is not included in The Pantry Cleaner, but will be in volume two, set to realease in winter 2012/spring 2013.  

1 cup vinegar, 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil. Mix it together and spray on your hands, rub together, and allow to dry.  

Not only are you eliminating 99% of germs like commercial hand sanitizers, you are eliminating the dangers of ingesting those chemicals. This is especially important for young children who tend to put their hands in their mouths.  

CV: Like so many others, I’m on a budget. Is chemical-free cleaning really going to save me money? 

MR: I have a three-story home and clean every day. I only spend an average of $8 on cleaning supplies every couple of months. That includes washing clothes for my family of four.  

CV: Wow! I’m sold! So, what is your favorite natural remedy for getting rid of dust? 

MR: Keeping airfilters clean. We replace our furnace filter every three months. We only have to dust once a month. When we do dust, I use olive oil and lemon juice on natural woods and just a soft cloth on everything else.  

CV: Last but not least, do you vacuum first? Or dust first? 

MR: I don’t have a huge dust problem! I vacuum every day with a hepafilter vacuum and keep my furnace filters clean. I still only have to dust once a month. So I definitely vacuum first.  

 

Mar 1 2010

Introducing the Crucial Vacuum Blog

Welcome to the Crucial Vacuum blog where all your allergies will slowly begin to disappear. That’s our goal anyway – we want our products to help clean your home in a way that you may have never experienced before.

See, what we sell here at Crucial Vacuum are quality vacuum filters that actually trap the dust and keep them locked inside your vacuum. Of course it all depends on the type of vacuum you have, does your vacuum let the dust particles back out into the air? Or does it completely trap them in the bag? If you’re saying “hm… I don’t know what mine does” then you may want to rethink your vacuum purchase.

I’m not saying that you need to go ahead and throw away your vacuum, but what I am saying is that you need to make the most out of what you do have and at least buy filters that have been tested to trap the dirt. Plus, ours are washable! That’s right, you heard me, you can put Crucial Vacuum filters underneath the water to wash the dirt off instead of buying a new one every time you need to change it.

Smart right? The way we see it is that we want our customers to be happy. If you’re healthy then you’re most likely going to be happy.

If we can’t control the air pollution outside, at least we can control what we breathe inside our homes. Let’s work on living an allergy free life – together we can make it happen! Please buy responsibly.

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