As more facilities switch to day cleaning, custodial staffs are turning to low-decibel vacuums to ensure they don’t disturb building occupants. Upright vacuums are available at sound levels around 70 decibels while backpack models go as low as 50 decibels.

While this quiet technology is attractive, low-decibel vacuums are priced as much as 20 percent higher than their traditional counterparts. If janitors don’t need to day clean, then most probably won’t spend the extra money for the quieter machines.

However, distributors can still make a case for low-decibel vacuums. These machines have fewer moving parts and no beater bars, so vacuums should break down less often than traditional models, helping to save end users money on repairs and replacement parts. These vacuums are also safer for janitors. OSHA requires workers who are exposed to constant noise above 80 decibels to wear ear protection.

Customers are often skeptical when it comes to quieter vacuums. They think the less noise the motor makes, the weaker the suction power. Distributors can offset this perception with live demonstrations. First, clean carpets with the customers’ current vacuums. Then clean the same area with the low-decibel model. Customers can see firsthand that there is no difference between vacuums.