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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 »

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.  

 

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!

 

Dec 7 2011

To Vacuum First, or to Dust First ? That is the Question!

duster vs vacuum, which comes first

Photo from paul-susan.blogspot.com

Cleaning… It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. After cleaning our homes over and over we develop a routine that we could complete in our sleep. It probably goes a little something like this: pick up, dust, vacuum… or is it vacuum and then dust?It’s an age-old debate, to dust first, or to vacuum first. There is no middle of the road here folks, you’re either on one side or the other. It’s a debate that divides households, pits mother against daughter, tears apart friendships…

Ok so it’s not that big of a deal, but seriously who is right?

Research on the topic uncovers a number of housekeeping professionals and experts who say they know the answer. The problem is, even the experts are divided right down the middle. Even more confusing, they give such good reasons to back up their opinion that we are left with our heads spinning.

So let’s look at the arguments shall we? First we have “Team Vacuum.” These housekeepers strongly believe that they are doing the right thing by vacuuming first. The biggest and most valid argument made by this side is that vacuums throw dust into the air, therefore that dust will need to be dusted off of furniture after you vacuum. Good point, but then where does that dust go when you clean it off your furniture?

That is why “Team Dust” says you should clean the dust off of the furniture first. Then once the dust settles into the carpet, you should vacuum it up. Makes sense, but what about the inevitable dust that your vacuum is going to toss around?

Confused? Join the crowd. The bottom line is this; there is no right or wrong answer. (Although we found plenty of experts who claim their answer is the right one).

A completely unscientific poll conducted on Facebook perfectly proved the point of this blog. Exactly 50% of those who answered firmly believed that vacuuming should come first while the other 50% said dusting should absolutely be done first. Thank goodness for easy math!

But while we can’t solve the debate, Crucial Vacuum can offer one piece of crucial advice to both sides.

Minimize the amount of dust put out by your vacuum.

The dust that is tossed into the air when you vacuum is problem no matter which chore you complete first. Less dust put out by your vacuum equals less dust to settle on your furniture, or on your carpet (because it depends where you are leaving that dust, are you still with us?)

So how do you make sure your vacuum is putting out the least amount of dust possible?

That Crucial Vacuum can help you with! Ensuring that your vacuums filter is clean and that your vacuums bag is not full is the best way to be sure that your vacuum is picking up and trapping as much dirt and dust as possible.

If your vacuum has an old or dirty filter you aren’t getting the most out of your vacuum. If your bag is full, you can vacuum your little heart out, but there is no way you are getting the best suction possible out of your vacuum.

Keep replacement bags and filters on hand so your vacuum doesn’t end up making cleaning a bigger chore than it already is. This way, whether you are vacuuming first, last, or somewhere in between, at least you can be vacuuming effectively.

So, which team are you on?