Commercial hard floor cleaning in Shepton Mallet Prison

The Green Man team were sent to prison – but we cleaned up our act & were let out for good behaviour

When we heard that a tv production company required an urgent deep-clean of concrete flooring in Shepton Mallett prison, we were quite intrigued. We offer a wide range of hard floor cleaning options to the commercial sector, but this might be our first prison! Also, because we operate a 6 van team, we are often able to accommodate large scale work at short notice.

Commercial floor cleaning in Somerset
Commercial floor cleaning in Somerset

The brief:

We were required to deep-clean the concrete floors in one of the prison canteen areas, as well as the floor of one of the original large wings of this notoriously grim Victorian prison.

Professional vinyl floor cleaning
Professional vinyl floor cleaning

When we arrived, we quickly realised that neither of the floors to be cleaned were concrete!

They were both dulled down and of a dour grey appearance, so it was an honest mistake.

The initial survey revealed that they were hard-wearing vinyl floors.

During the short survey, we also learned that the prison is supposed to be very haunted… …

Preparing the surface

The floor in the canteen appeared to have been recently laid, perhaps by the Art Department of the production & was not glued to the sub-floor. There was a large amount of loose debris on the surface, which we swept & removed.

Professional hard floor cleaning
Professional hard floor cleaning

Applying a pre-spray

This type of flooring will usually respond well to an alkali cleaning solution. We mixed this but, unusually, but did not apply with a pressure sprayer…

Agitation

The level of soiling on the floors in both areas suggested that we would need to agitate the floor relatively aggressively. For this task, we used a Numatic Hurricane rotary machine with a green scrubbing pad – these type of floor pads come in a variety of colours indicating varying levels of abrasion. Because of the large area to be covered, we attached a solution tank to the machine, meaning we could apply the cleaning solution simultaneously while scrubbing the floors.

Hard floor cleaning
Hard floor cleaning

Extraction

We worked as a two-man team: one of us applied solution & scrubbed the floor, the other followed behind with a commercial Numatic wet-vac, picking up the slurry.

Commercial floor cleaning in Shepton Mallet
Commercial floor cleaning in Shepton Mallet

The result

Although we didn’t take many “before & after” images, the photos below give an indication of what was achieved. Both areas had significant amounts of loose material on top of a high level of soiling.

By specifying an efficient & effective method, we were able to restore the floors to a good level of cleanliness that would also look good on camera.

Deep cleaning of vinyl floor in Shepton Mallet
Deep cleaning of vinyl floor in Shepton Mallet

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Eco friendly floor cleaning
Eco friendly floor cleaning

Commercial Flotex carpet cleaning at Longleat, Warminster.

Towards the end of last year, we were asked to survey the commercial shop floors at Longleat. As with the sweet shop we cleaned a few weeks ago, these large areas of carpet are made of Flotex. This is a completely synthetic material that can be printed on to give it many different appearances. 

The brief: We were tasked with cleaning one very large commercial floor and a medium sized floor as efficiently as possible. The floors needed to be properly deep-cleaned, but dry as quickly as possible.

Large carpet cleaning team
Large carpet cleaning team
Commercial carpet cleaning
Commercial carpet cleaning

The method: In order to complete the work within a day, we sent 4 vans to Longleat. Each van contains a full set of professional carpet cleaning equipment, but we worked in pairs to carry out the work:

  • All four of us vacuumed the floor space to begin with. Owing to the huge number of fibres per metre on Flotex, it is able to conceal an enormous soil-load. Effective vacuuming will remove up to 79% of dry soils, so this was an important stage.
  • We then applied an eco-friendly pre-spray.
  • We then used both a rotary machine & a CRB (contra-rotating brush) machine to agitate the cleaning solution & further break up any stubborn soiling
Rotary agitation of Flotex flooring
Rotary agitation of Flotex flooring
Agitation of Flotex floor using a crb machine
Agitation of Flotex floor using a crb machine

Once complete, we left a set of commercial air-movers & dehumidifiers to ensure rapid drying.

Quick dry commercial carpet cleaning
Quick dry commercial carpet cleaning

The result: The water recovered from the carpets was nearly black. This is the great trick of Flotex – it can appear quite bright & acceptable, while storing a vast amount of heavy soiling.

That said, when I returned later to pick up our drying kit, muddy footsteps were already visible on the entrance areas of each shop, owing to the two named storms over the weekend!

If you would like to arrange a free survey of your commercial flooring or simply have a question, please feel free to get in touch using the Contact page, or give us a call.

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