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How to Clean in Quiet Areas

December 27, 2018 8:31 AM by Tennant Company

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Tips for Quiet Cleaning

Quiet environments like hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and offices can be difficult to clean without causing unwelcome disruption. Fortunately, there are some ways to make cleaning tasks quieter. Read on for some ideas on cleaning with less noise.


Reduce the amount of inside cleaning by focusing on the areas around buildings. Sweeping outside near entryways can prevent dirt from coming in, and frequent cleaning of high-traffic entries can prevent dirt from moving into quieter areas in buildings.

Rapid-Drying Carpet Cleaning

Newer rapid-drying carpet cleaning equipment can lower noise levels and also reduce cleaning time and disruption.

Backpack Suction-Only Vacuums

Vacuums have a reputation as some of the loudest cleaning machines, but some designs can reduce noise while still removing dust and debris. Backpack suction-only options are generally lightweight and can clean a variety of surfaces quietly.

If backpack vacuums are not an option, look for a machine that features a noise level lower than 70 decibels. There are traditional upright vacuums that offer that level of quiet operation.

Battery Burnishers

Not all burnishers are noisy and unwieldy! Some new push models come with quiet modes that reduce the noise level to as low as 62 decibels. Quiet and efficient battery-powered burnishers can be used in a variety of places without creating a disturbance.

Regular Maintenance

Even the most advanced and efficient machines need maintenance to continue to work at their best. Here are some common maintenance tasks to help maintain low noise levels:

  • Oil wheels on burnishers to prevent squeaking
  • Update or replace worn wheels on all equipment
  • Replace vacuum belts
  • Change vacuum bags regularly
  • Replace old filters to ensure quiet airflow

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