How to Quiet a Commercial Vacuum

What You'll Need
Brush roll or beater bar
Wiping and cleaning materials

A commercial vacuum is a cleaning device which is known to produce white noise, which is quite ironic because the word vacuum means it is a space that is empty or it is a place where matter is absent. It is basically a big space for nothing, meaning no noise whatsoever. Vacuum comes from the Latin word vacuus meaning empty.

So, why is a commercial vacuum noisy? The noise that comes from a vacuum cleaner is caused by the need of the machine to push the air out the exhaust as quickly as possible to create a partial vacuum to create suction. The noise basically comes from the motor whine and the turbulent air flow. A commercial vacuum cleaner has a decibel level of 70; it has the same decibel level as a street with busy traffic. In recent study, it has been proven that the white noise produced by a vacuum can soothe a baby who is suffering from colic because it is similar to loud whooshing sound that they have heard when they were still in the womb. Follow these tips to help keep your vacuum as quiet as it can get.

Step 1 – Unplug the Vacuum

Before you proceed with cleaning your vacuum, make sure that it is unplugged to keep you from getting electrocuted.

Step 2 – Check the Bag

Check the bag often and change it as soon as you feel the need to.

Step 3 – Remove Screws, Nuts and Bolts

Screws, nuts and bolts can cause damage to your vacuum’s motor so make sure that whenever your vacuum takes in these objects, you retrieve them as soon as you are done.

Step 4 – Empty the Tray

If you own a vacuum without a bag, make sure to empty the canaster after using.

Step 5 – Clean the Brush Roll

Also called as a beater bar, this is the brush that spins under the vacuum that brushes out dirt from carpets. Replacing the bag or cleaning out the tray is not enough. You should also clean the brush roll because some dirt or debris might get stuck to it, like human and pet hair.

Step 6 - Clean and Grease the Bearings on the Brush Roll

If your vacuum comes with a brush roll, it is important for you to lubricate the bearings so that debris gathered will not be as difficult to remove the next time you use it.

Step 7 – Check the Belt

Check your vacuum’s belt as soon as you see signs of wear. You only need to replace the belt once every 6 months to 1 year, or depending on how often you use your vacuum.

Step 8 – Replace the Filters

Clean out or replace your vacuum cleaner filters.

Step 9 - Check the Hose for Any Clogs

Clogs in the hose can cause the vacuum to produce extra noise. If you own a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, it’s always best to clean after use because they wear out more.