Harlequin dance floors – full strip & seal

Last week, three of the Green Man team worked in this beautifully light dance studio in Gloucester. We regularly carry out stripping & sealing of hard flooring, but the two studios here combined to form a huge area to work with. 

The video

We have created a short video that provides an overview of the process…

Harlequin is the performance floor of choice for the world’s most prestigious dance and performing arts companies, theatres, venues and schools, production companies and global events.”

Our initial survey for cleaning the flooring confirmed that it would require a full strip & seal. If you look at the diagram below, you will see how the floor is constructed-

Allegro Vinyl Floor Illustrations for web

Stripping

The floor is designed to be coated with a vinyl polish to create a glossy, non-slip finish. Over time (and with repeated mopping), the floor dulls and accumulates a lot of dance-related wear & tear.

What we had not anticipated was that the owner of the floor had lovingly applied new coats of polish each year for 10 years! 

This meant that an enormous quantity of polish has to be dissolved using stripping solution & weighted rotary machines.

Sealing

Once this stage was complete, we could apply the new coats of seal. As professional hard flooring contractors, we refer to the refinishing product as “seal”, although it is sometimes clearer to call it polish!

After 4 day’s work involving 3 of us in total, the floors looked fantastic…

If you have an enquiry about your own dance studio or theatre flooring, or about our commercial hard floor cleaning/ polishing services. we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Thanks for reading!

Green Man invest in Vaportek technology

A recent odour remediation job presented just such an opportunity – our client’s car had suffered a milk spillage, which had penetrated the rear upholstery & then deteriorated. As you will probably know, this is a particularly unpleasant odour!

Failure is often an opportunity for innovation.

A recent odour remediation job presented just such an opportunity – our client’s car had suffered a milk spillage, which had penetrated the rear upholstery & then deteriorated. As you will probably know, this is a particularly unpleasant odour!

Green Man are IICRC trained as Odour Control Technicians and, as such, know to treat these type of issues at source. However, short of ripping apart the rear seat of this vehicle, the only way we could reach the absorbed milk was through saturation of the fabric. We did this with a powerful solution several times, and rinse-extracted several times.

We then applied two types of commercial odour counteractants.

Still the smell persisted.

For this reason, we have ordered a Vaportek Restorator. Here’s the blurb…

“The Restorator is a simple to use, portable electric device that quickly, safely and effectively renews interior spaces with non-toxic technology. It uses Vaportek’s patented essential oil membranes to release a non-toxic odour neutralizing dry vapour into the air. This penetrating vapour quickly controls and eliminates malodours from smoke, food and biological odours. It is based on proven technology used in fire and flood restoration, the Restorator sets a new standard in interior space renovation. Also excellent for car valeting and other tough odour contamination projects. The Vaportek Restorator will not harm fabric, rubber, adhesives or remove pigment from leather. The replaceable cartridge is rated for up to 200 hours of service.“Vaportek” odour control systems provide immediate odour neutralisation in situations where other methods fail. These systems may incorporate natural, non toxic essential oils and odour neutralising compounds in patented membrane cartridges that breathe a penetrating dry vapour into the air. Unlike fogging and ozone treatments, Vaportek products can be used in occupied structures. They will not harm people, plants or animals or affect fabrics, rubber, adhesives and other materials and surfaces.”

It is due with us tomorrow and we plan to deploy it in our customer’s vehicle on Friday.

Watch this space…