Marmoleum floor restoration

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Marmoleum – a few facts:

‘97% natural raw materials, CO2 neutral (cradle to gate) – without the need for offsetting*’

Marmoleum has a heritage which dates back over 160 years and, due to its special characteristics it is an excellent flooring choice for almost all application areas.

Manufactured from 94 – 98% natural raw materials (including linseed oil, rosin, wood flour, jute and limestone), Marmoleum is one of the most sustainable floor coverings available on the market.

Marmoleum, Forbo’s main linoleum brand, is a natural floor associated with sustainability, durability, high quality and innovative design perfect for virtually any type of application.

– taken from manufacturer, Forbo‘s website

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As an eco-friendly hard floor cleaning & restoration company, we absolutely love marmoelum. It has all the hard-wearing, easy-to-maintain benefits of other man-made flooring types, but is one of the most environmentally friendly. We encounter marmoleum in a huge range of commercial spaces from hospitals to hotels, factories to fun fairs.

Marmoleum is designed to last a long time. For this reason, it is designed not only to be maintained with regular mopping, but also to be stripped back, cleaned & re-sealed. In this short article, we will talk through a recent job that we conducted…

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Stage 1: The survey

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Our client initially called us in for a consultation to discuss what could be done for a very tired area of flooring…

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Our brief had initially been to survey & quote for a professional clean here. However, once we had seen the whole area & tested some solutions, it was soon clear that a simple clean qould not be adequate. Our client required the marmoelum to be brought up to a good standard that reflected the high quality product his factory produces. Not only this, but the factory regularly receives visits from corporate clients and, in its present state, this area was letting the side down.

Green Man recommended a full strip & re-seal of the area, which we advised would bring the floor back to a very good condition. 

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Stage 2: Initial clean & strip

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The first job is to prepare the floor. This begins with a thorough re-inspection of the floor & a good old sweeping. Once this is done and all areas are as clear as possible, we apply a hard floor stripper to break down the old seal.

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After the stripper has dwelt on the floor for a sufficient amount of time, we then agitate the floor to further break down residual dirt and layers of old seal. For this process, we have a variety of buffers & oscillating machines with abrasive pads & brushes.

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This dirty, slippery surface often needs several rinses to get the floor to the condition we need.

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From this stage, it’s a question of inspecting the floor and ensuring we have removed enough of the old seals & dirt. Anything that remains will soon be covered for a long time by the layers of new seal!

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Only when the floor is completely clean & stripped back to a matt finish is it time to begin to apply the seals…

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Stage 3: Applying layers of seal

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After a complete strip down of marmoleum, it is a good idea to apply multiple layers of seal to protect the floor, as well as bring it back to a glossy, almost transparent level of finish. In this instance, we specified 2x coats of matt seal, followed by 2x coats of satin seal.

These are applied using a micro-fibre mop. Each layer of seal can take between 5 & 45 minutes to dry, depending on the conditions…

In this first image, we see the intial application of the first layer of seal. Note how the appearance of the floor is instantly enhanced-

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Before seal…

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After first coat of seal…

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After second coat of seal…

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After third coat of seal…

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Finally, when all coats of seal have been evenly applied & cured, it’s time to step back & admire the beautifully restored marmoelum!

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If you have any questions about our professional marmoelum cleaning & restoration service, please contact us using the details on the Contact page.


Professional carpet repair in Bristol

A few weeks ago, Green Man were contacted by a tenant of a property in Bristol. She was very concerned that her pet rabbit had damaged the carpets beyond repair. We arranged to conduct a survey and inspected the damage-

A successful repair will depend on a donor piece of carpet. This can be either a section of spare carpet kept back from the original installation, or it can be a small piece removed from a carpeted cupboard or something similar.

In the following images, you see our lead technician cutting donor pieces of carpet & installing them in place of the areas of damage…

In the last of the three photos, it is fair to say that you can not see the carpet insert at all. The carpet in question may need a deep-clean, but can you see the edges of the new piece?

Our carpet repair services include all our branches from Frome to Frampton, Bath to Bampton.

If you have any questions, or would like to send some images to see if we can repair your carpet, please use our contact page.

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Deep-clean of carpets and hard flooring in Gloucester

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This week, Pete attended a property in Gloucester that was in need of professional restorative cleaning. Both carpets & hard floors throughout the property were in a very poor condition & required specialist attention & equipment to bring them back to an acceptable standard.

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Hard floor cleaning

While hard floor cleaning often means tile & grout, or marble, we also deliver deep-cleaning & resealing of luxury vinyl and laminate wood flooring.

These types of flooring are designed to be resilient to everyday living. However, the wood-like texture of many modern flooring types traps dirt, even when they are being mopped!

Here’s a before & after of our work-

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If you have a luxury vinyl tile (Amtico, Karndean) type of flooring or laminate, it’s important to clean it carefully.

If you mop with a detergent-heavy solution and- most importantly – fail to rinse clean with a separate bucket of clean water with a clean mop head, chances are you are creating a build-up of soil on your flooring. Many of the floors we’re called out to clean show the build-up of soiling that accumulates from incorrect mopping technique with the wrong solution.

Our process on this occasion was as follows:

  1. Removal of dry soil
  2. Treatment of stains
  3. Application of eco-friendly deep-cleaning solution
  4. Agitation using an oscillating pad machine
  5. Rinse extraction

The combined process here is designed to breakdown the heavy soil deposits and bring the flooring back to its best potential condition.

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Some of these flooring types can also be stripped & re-sealed. If you have a query regarding the right treatment for your flooring, please feel free to get in touch for no obligation advice.

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Professional carpet cleaning

Green Man generally conduct a deep-clean by default on all the work we do. 

When carpets have suffered a lot, sometimes we need to take additional steps to ensure we can bring them back to a satisfactory standard. As well as the industrial vacuuming, stain treatments, hi-tech/eco-friendly pre-spray and rinse extraction, a lot of experience and careful timing helped to bring about the results achieved here.

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If you have a question regarding any of our professional cleaning services, please feel free to get in touch using our contact page.

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