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Cleaning with less noise: The next trend?

September 19, 2010
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More manufacturers are now developing cleaning tools, equipment, and products that help reduce noise, making it a coming industry trend.

Cleaning equipment that produces less noise reduces fatigue and frustration, as well as helps cleaning professionals perform their task more efficiently — exactly what it is supposed to do.

The trend of quieter cleaning tools comes on the heels of other emerging trends of the recent past — technological changes such as the designing of ergonomic cleaning tools that conform better to the worker and reduce fatigue while bolstering productivity.

Until just recently, green or environmentally preferable cleaning products had little impact on the professional cleaning industry. Now, scores of cleaning chemical manufacturers are developing or planning to develop green cleaning products.

Your role in noise reduction

Along with cleaning equipment specifically designed to be quieter, there are other ways to help reduce cleaning’s “noise” impact on the indoor environment.

  • Replace liquid soap dispensers with foam dispensers, which some hospitals are finding quieter to use.
  • Install touch-free towel dispensers. One feature of these systems is that that they are quieter to use compared to pull-down lever dispensers.
  • Add WD40 or a similar lubricating product to janitorial closets, wheels on carts, and other cleaning equipment to quickly treat noise.
  • Install rubber and/or vibration- and sound-absorbing wheels on vacuum cleaners and other cleaning equipment.
  • Use cleaning equipment, such as vacuum cleaners, no-touch or spray-and-blow dry cleaning systems, and floor machines that are especially designed to operate at reduced noise levels.
  • Clean with canister-style vacuum cleaners. Some canisters are considerably quieter than uprights and backpacks, making them a better option in day cleaning situations.

Ron Goerne is CEO of Service Resource, a Bloomington, IL-based JanSan consulting and training firm. He has more than 25 years of hands-on industry experience.

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